Spectacular. Magical. Awesome. Stunning. These are just a few of the words that I would use to describe Beyonce’s “The Mrs. Carter Show”. I had the utmost pleasure of seeing both her LA nights at the Staples Center on June 28th and July 1st. Yes, I’m that big of a fan! What can I say, I love Beyonce! Give her a microphone, a stellar dance routine, some sheet music and she will blow your mind. The Mrs. Carter Show, however, demands a lot more than that. And the 31-year-old definitely rises to the occasion.
Queen Bey tore through her set with the ferocity of a grown woman who has something to prove. Behind her was a full line of female musicians, including two saxophone players, three background singers, double keyboardists and a fierce drummer. To her side, more than a half dozen amazing backup dancers to round out the colorful spectacle that is her show.
Beyonce didn’t need to use gimmicky props to entertain a crowd of 18,000 at Staples Center, she simply danced and sang her butt off. When the curtain first dropped and drums started rolling, you could feel the energy in the room soar as “Run The World (Girls)” began. There’s something so wild and celebratory about the track that makes it the perfect opening number and Bey taps into that brilliantly with electric choreography and a killer vocal. She really is breathtaking to watch up close and I often felt speechless throughout her show. It seems impossible that such a big voice could come from such a tiny body, particularly when dancing like a woman possessed.
It’s impossible to single out one moment as the evening’s highlight, so I’ll try to narrow it down to two. “Why Don’t You Love Me?” is an absolute showstopper. From the vintage-plane video montage to her 1920’s fringed dress and big band interpretation, this is an incredible multi-media production. Another stand out moment was a performance so bold, Beyonce is the only woman with enough talent and ambition to pull it off. She delivers her best vocal performance of the night, writhing around on top of a baby grand piano wearing a glittery purple one-piece, and then jumping up and zip-lining across the arena (while still singing in key) to land on a second stage. Amazing.
The superstar performed “Irreplaceable” and “Love On Top” from her new location before dedicating “Survivor” to her “beautiful sisters” Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams. The second stage is a nice touch, allowing the diva to get up close and personal with fans, including me and my concert buddy.
She had a couple of sing-a-longs and charmed everyone by her lovely easy-going nature. Then it was back to the main stage for “Crazy In Love” and “Single Ladies”. We’ve all heard them many, many times but the new brassy arrangements work nicely and it wouldn’t be a Beyonce show without those tunes.
The Mrs. Carter Show excels visually, in part, due to the quality of the projections. They are beautifully filmed and look very expensive. More importantly, they create atmosphere and add another layer to the production. Beyonce is so far ahead of the game that we’ve almost become immune to her greatness. I think that everything about this concert screamed quality. It was brilliant. The Mrs. Carter Show showcases an icon at the top of her game. Get a ticket any way you can.
Here I am with my brand new Beyonce tank-top: