The show kicked off with two of the group's newer R&B hits. Unlike CeeLo's awful Loberace show, the Boyz have a real band backing them up and they constantly point out that they are doing "real music" here. Wanya Morris accidentally kicked over his mic stand in the first steps of choreography, but quickly recovered (later he joked about "looking for something else to kick over.")
After they sang and danced their way through these two songs, they pulled "On Bended Knee" out of the air and the crowd went wild. Once that ended and we recovered from the excitement, Shawn Stockman came out by himself to address the audience then introduce the group and the band. Later, Nate Morris said a few words about how the group was so excited to be in Vegas. He thanked MGM, the Mirage and, of course, the fans.
This is pretty much how the rest of the show goes. The group sings a few songs, one of them comes out to talk and tell a story, then they thank the fans and begin a new set. There was a lot of fan-thanking going on. <
However, one cool thing we learned from Nate is that the Boyz passed on a song a few years back, saying they were a little "cocky" and didn't think the song was a good fit for them. Turns out the country group Lone Star decided to record it and they made it a big hit. That song was "Amazed" and now the Boyz have their own version of it (which, of course, we prefer).
But even die-hard Boyz II Men fans will have to admit that their catalog of hit songs is a little limited. There's definitely not enough there to fill a 90-minute show. Thus, the Boyz smartly worked in a Motown set, complete with dance moves, that got the crowd going. They also brought out an original member of the group -- or, as they joked, "the first guy we kicked out" -- to do an a capella set with them. This bit is magical. Their harmonies are still incredible together, 21 years later*.
And, don't get us wrong. The show is rather unpolished. We commend them for dancing and for switching up their outfits, but the Boyz are now men and not as quick as they used to be. And, the overall tone of the show is super relaxed. It's not quite like Garth Brooks and his "sweatshirt and a guitar" bit, but there are no real theatrics here. Just the Boyz singing their songs and having a good time.
The show concludes with two of the group's biggest hits -- "I'll Make Love to You" followed by "Motownphilly." The BoyzNowMen came out carrying a dozen real roses at the start of "I'll Make Love to You" and the women did not waste time racing to the edge of the stage to get one. Check out the video and you will see what we mean.
But the entire crowd -- men and women -- busted out their old middle school dance moves for "Motownphilly" and soon the Boyz were joined on stage by the eagerest members of the audience where they obliged in hand-shaking and picture-taking before dashing upstage to say goodbye. And how hard it is to say goodbye-eyeyeyeyeyeye to them.
Tickets for Boyz II Men at The Mirage start at $39.99 which is an incredible deal to see your old favorite R&B group. We also liked how the show starts at 7:30 p.m., meaning you're outta there by 9 p.m. Plus, it ensures no one will vomit before the show begins. Go here to book your tickets.
[* Yes, it's been 21 years since "Motownphilly". We can't even.]
[Disclosure: We saw the show as part of a media invite from The Mirage]