(Karen from FamilyStyleFood was lucky enough to snag sneak preview tickets for the year's most anticipated tour, the Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus "Best of Both Worlds" extravaganza. She went last night -- and below tries to explain why the trek has sent seismic waves across the concert industry and caused parents to go bonkers to obtain tickets.)
Last night, attending the dress rehearsal at the Scottrade Center for the Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus “Best of Both Worlds” tour -- the trek starts in St. Louis tonight, October 18 -- not only pushed me that much closer to a fitting for a Bluetooth Digital Hearing aid, but also brought me right up to speed with the zeitgeist. That is, the marketing power of the world now belongs to the Tweens. I couldn’t help thinking that if we could somehow harness the sheer, screaming energy of a couple thousand seven-to-fourteen-year-old girls, we could likely sever our dependence on fossil fuels once and for all.
High School Musical’s superstar director Kenny Ortega (a former member of the Tubes – yes, that’s more my fogey generation) appeared around the floor before showtime, prompting wild cheers and catcalls, much to my surprise. I had no idea that an aging choreographer had such a huge young fan base.
My ten-year-old admitted to despising the opening act, power-pop teen group Jonas Brothers, but I think she might have been alone among her peers with that feeling. The audience lapped up their performance, swooning and screaming appropriately. Dressed in Mod-style trousers, untucked oxfords and ties, the trio performed an energetic but somewhat clumsy set. I couldn’t help thinking of the ‘70’s Peter Brady; all cracked-voice, big hair and pimples. We both saw the wisdom in Joe Jonas as the front man – he can sing better than the other two, plus he has the best hair.
We were wondering which of the two personas would perform first, but it’s clear that the crowd was just dying to see Hannah. She made her entrance with a bang of fireworks and lots of hot pink lighting, opening with “Rock Star,” progressing to HM favorites such as “Nobody’s Perfect,” “Pumping Up The Party” and “We Got The Party” with the Jonas Brothers. In the mix were multiple outfit changes --“I’ll be right back after I put on my dress” -- tons of sparkles, and a group of brightly-costumed dancers sweating out Ortega’s brand of fun, street-style choreography.
And clearly, the girl has drive and talent. Her set as Miley – “Meet Miley Cyrus” – showed off some of her songwriting ambitions, with “Girl’s Night Out,” “Let’s Dance” and a more stripped-down “I Miss You” (just Miley on a stool strumming on a guitar), a personal tribute to her Pappy. The show closed with the “Best of Both Worlds” (natch), more fireworks and a blizzard of rainbow-colored paper streamers, which prompted a frenzied pre-teen dash to the stage floor for souvenirs.
Despite my suspicion that she was singing along with a recorded version of the show (how else to explain that canned-pop vocal sound?), Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus put on a show of a Tween girl’s dreams. I’m just glad I won’t have to endure it again tonight.