The Miss Carter Tour … Favourite show?
I have been fortunate during my career to have witnessed literally hundreds of shows ranging from Opera to Rock , Pop, Festivals and Musicals and to have also worked on many productions.
I love to try and see as many different shows as I can with the hope of walking away with some inspiration as well as having enjoyed the escapism and emotive connections that only live entertainment can deliver.
When asked about a ‘favourite’ show that I have ever seen it usually generates a pause, a long thought, and the same response being “impossible to select one as each experience is so different”. How could one compare La Boheme to AC/DC or King Kong to Roger Waters production of The Wall?
Last week when I went to see Beyonce in Melbourne for the opening of her Australian tour, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect.
The 12,000 or so mainly female fans (and unwilling boyfriends), we treated to the song and dance party that is ‘The Mrs Carter Tour’ and it did not disappoint.
There are not many performers like Queen Bey, performers who actually sing and dance and deliver groundbreaking production on every level. The show is flawlessly executed by some of the worlds most talented singers, dancers, musicians, Lighting and production designers and animators. With an underlying ‘girl power’ theme which leans more toward a subtle message of female empowerment, there is no question that this is one of the greatest shows on earth right now.
Beyonce, Diva, Artist, creator. An almost tribal trance locked the screaming fans in from the first note and held them tightly through flawless performances of her trademark hits which seemed to merge in to a 90 minute medley with nothing being left out!
There were the usual multiple complex costume changes with video interludes and a token 2nd stage which miss B was ‘flown’ to across the crowd but other than that, the production was loaded with lighting and video technology I have never seen before.
This is a tough act to follow. Beyonce is a true entertainer and her engagement with every fan is a genuine one. This is the real thing and that’s a rare thing these days.
So when I am asked, “whats the best show you have ever seen”? I wont answer with “The Miss Carter Tour” but I will say its in my top ten.
By: Antony Hampel