Beyonce’s Mrs. Carter Show world tour made a much anticipated stop in Oklahoma City on Friday July 5, at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, singing, shaking, twirling, and gyrating to a packed house.
The stunning 31-year-old singer, songwriter and actress from Houston began her music career as the lead singer of best-selling girl group, Destiny’s Child, ranked as one of the greatest musical trios of all time by Billboard. The R&B, urban, dance-pop style of the group of the 1990s and 2000s, had a Supremes-like quality and today, Beyonce Knowles-Carter, wife to hip-hop all-star Jay-Z, continues her international, megastar solo career as a pop and R&B diva, reminiscent of Diana Ross whom she is often compared to.
Leotards, sequins, amazing digital video backdrops, and some of the most impersonated dance moves on YouTube were what the fans paid to see and Beyonce did not disappoint.
“Single Ladies (Put a Ring on it)”, “Naughty Girl”, “Irreplaceable”, and “Crazy in Love” were just a few of the hit songs that fans knew every word of and were hyped to see Beyonce perform.
The theatricality of the show began in the opening number, “Run the World (Girls).” A prerecorded video montage of ballerinas and apparent followers of a “Queen Beyonce,” all dressed in white, marched across a stage length screen, ready to crown her. The montage was a lead in to real dancers marching across the actual stage, highlighting the militaristic tone of the hit single.
A running Louis XVI theme was also present throughout the show, highlighting both the drama of Beyonce herself and the drama of the oversized wigs, bustiers, and white-powder makeup of 18th century France. It was a performance that perhaps the decadent Marie Antoinette would approve of.
Beyonce is known for doing everything with flair and turning heads wherever she goes. If you turned away from the stage at the wrong time for just a moment, you might have missed the blond-haired beauty flying over the crowd, across Chesapeake Energy Arena in a full-length royal purple, sequined jumpsuit. To give all seats an opportunity to get an up-close view, she opted for a harness to transport her to a second stage set up on the opposite side of the floor.
Opening act and New Orleans native Luke James, serenaded the crowd with his sultry sounds. The R&B singer-songwriter is already Grammy nominated for his critically acclaimed single, “I Want You,” which he featured last in his set performance. Having already found a fan base as a songwriter for hit artists such as Justin Bieber, Britney Spears and Chris Brown, Luke James gave the crowd a taste of his new album, mixed in with influential classics. His debut studio album, Made to Love, is scheduled to be released on July 16, 2013.
To say that Beyonce puts on a good show would be grossly understated. Her 17 Grammy Awards from both her solo career and as a member of Destiny’s Child are proof positive of her talent and creativity, as well as her ability to remain innovative in an ever-changing music scene.
The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour is sold out in many venues across the country. The loyal fans, from schoolgirls to baby boomers, that came out to see her perform live are representative of her wide range and longevity as an artist and no doubt expect more club-hits, soulful ballads and dance crazes from Beyonce in the future.