The Mrs. Carter Show: Beyonce Does it and Does it Well

Singer Beyonce performs on her "Mrs. Carter Show World Tour 2013", during the BET Experience music festival on Friday June 28, 2013, in Los Angeles. Beyonce is wearing a custom hand beaded peplum one-piece by Ralph & Russo with shoes by Stuart Wieztman. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invision for Parkwood Entertainment/AP Images)
Singer Beyonce performs on her "Mrs. Carter Show World Tour 2013", during the BET Experience music festival on Friday June 28, 2013, in Los Angeles. Beyonce is wearing a custom hand beaded peplum one-piece by Ralph & Russo with shoes by Stuart Wieztman. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invision for Parkwood Entertainment/AP Images)
Singer Beyonce performs on her “Mrs. Carter Show World Tour 2013”, during the BET Experience music festival on Friday June 28, 2013, in Los Angeles. Beyonce is wearing a custom hand beaded peplum one-piece by Ralph & Russo with shoes by Stuart Wieztman. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invision for Parkwood Entertainment/AP Images)

LOS ANGELES-When Beyonce’s globetrotting trek, dubbed “The Mrs. Carter Show” world tour,” comes to town, you’re just not going to a concert. You’re going to a two-hour extravaganza. When it comes to pure unadulterated, pulse-pounding entertainment, Beyonce is second to none.

There is a reason why Mrs. Carter is so revered at the ‘Queen’ of pop music and R&B. She can throw it down, pick it up and hand it back to you on a breakfast platter. And pretty much do it at the same time. When ‘Queen’ Beyonce comes on stage as she did during her last of two performance at Staples Center in Los Angeles, the temperature doesn’t just get turned up. It sizzles.

The first thing is don’t expect to sit down. At least not for very long. Watching Beyonce and her chorus line of superb dancers go through each number from beginning to the end with breathtaking ease is enough to move some folks to get off the couch and join a Zumba exercise class.

The high-level synchronization between Beyonce and her well-orchestrated dance troops leave no room for you to sit still and rest on your buns.  There’s too much energy going on for that to happen. Backed by her all-female band, Beyonce and her crew bring the heat with every sexually-enticed gyration and with every rump bounce that will make you stand up and and wanna holler.

The great thing about this show is that there is no pretense. You come in expecting something. It’s pretty much what you’re going to get. And what you’re getting is an entertainer at the top of her game. There’s only one Beyonce. There may be a lot of imitators and wannabes out there, but there is only one Mrs. Carter.

When she moves, everybody else moves right along with her. Beyonce’s ultimate destination throughout the “The Mrs. Carter Show,” is to intimately engage the audience to come with her on a whirlwind journey of artistic dance, music and showmanship.

She succeeds in doing this. Every well-choreographed thrust, every sensual grind has a purpose. There is no wasted movement on stage. This serves Beyonce very well as she freely moves about on stage with the firm command of a general.

She is the boss. And everybody in the house knows it. The unmistakable blonde mane whips to and fro on the stage like an object being tossed around in the middle of a turbulent sea. All this does is add another dimension to Beyonce’s allure as the world’s hottest sex symbol.

IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR PARKWOOD ENTERTAINMENT - Singer Beyonce performs on her "Mrs. Carter Show World Tour 2013" at Staples Center on Monday, July 1, 2013, in Los Angeles. Beyonce is wearing a custom hand beaded peplum one-piece by Ralph & Russo with shoes by Stuart Wieztman. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invision for Parkwood Entertainment/AP Images)
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Beyonce is just as sexy as she ever has been, probably even more so. The multiple costume changes she goes through during her performance doesn’t take anything away from that attribute. In fact, it adds more layers to it. When you look up the word sexy and sex appeal, Beyonce’s photo must be somewhere around or near those words in the dictionary.

Beyonce has the looks of a goddess. She has that killer strut that drives guys batty and knows how to work that indisputable charm that has made her the superstar that she is. But what makes “The Mrs. Carter Show” show such a truly spectacular watch is listening to Beyonce’s God-given vocal chords that separates her from the rest.

Don’t let the beauty fool you. Don’t allow all of those hypnotic dance moves blindside you. Beyonce can blow. Sure, I get it. People get caught up in being enamored by the way Beyonce dances and is able shake quite well what her momma gave her. Her vocal pipes, however, is what makes Beyonce stand apart.

When she no longer can use her wheels to dance in high-heel stiletto boots and shoes, Beyonce’s voice will carry her through. As she demonstrates in high-tempo hits “Crazy in Love” and “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” towards the end of her production, Beyonce’s deliverance of those songs is just as powerful as when she slows it down for a number like the moving ballad “Halo.”

A lot of people can dance. There are plenty of folks who can sing. Beyonce can do both exceptionally well. The uniqueness of being able to deliver a song with the right pitch and on point while moving around 100 mph on stage is not as easy as Beyonce makes it look.  Which is why her singing will always be the the catalyst of her success.

This is the one true element that makes Beyonce special as an entertainer. It is also one piece of the Beyonce brand package on stage.

One of the things that really makes you marvel about Beyonce’s performance is her innate ability to be in tuned with her dancers and yet still be able to wail away with vocal ease in making the threshold of the fast-moving concert a believable product to her fans.

It’s a great one at that. Double-check that fact. It’s all of that and a bag of chips and then some. If you thought Beyonce’s Super Bowl performance was a show-stopper, “The Mrs. Carter Show” reverberates with electricity. The video presentation Beyonce uses throughout her entire show is just as breathtaking and visually entertaining as all of those hot dance moves she executes.

The video footage provided is an intriguing element  and a story within itself that adds to the creative storyline that Beyonce brings to the audience to digest. It’s a lot to swallow and take in. But Beyonce makes it work seamlessly as she does when she flirts with her fans as she belts out the megahit “Survivor” and revs up the crowd with the tempting, Reggae-laced “Baby Boy.”

With cuts from her last album “4” included in her dazzling musical set, Beyonce leaves no room but to conclude that there is just one queen. Everybody else must continue to look up to her Highness.

Dennis J. Freeman
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