Boyz II Men’s Mirage residency is a musical gem stacked with surprises

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Boyz II Men takes the stage at the

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. Exactly what a wonderland of popular song Las Vegas has actually ended up being. Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito,” probably the biggest song of the summertime, simply tied 1995’s “One Sugary food Day” by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Guys with 16 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. Fonsi’s tour brings him to Las Vegas at the Pearl at the Palms next weekend on Sept. 8. We simply saw Mariah sing “One Sweet Day” at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in July, and Boyz II Guys continues to perform throughout the rest of this year at the Terry Fator Theatre at Mirage.

With Celine Dion, Bruno Mars, Elton John, Britney Spears and more going back to the Strip every few months, it’s simple for one of these acts to get a bit lost in the shuffle, and that’s what may have occurred to Boyz II Guys, the all-time finest selling R&B group that started its Mirage gigs in 2014. Perhaps fans believe they know what a Boyz II Guys show appearances and sounds like in 2017, but the group has a lot of surprises in store. Far from a collection of sluggish ballads, this program is energetic, interactive and totally musical, among the very best general home entertainment choices on the Strip.

Definitely, there are ballads, slow-burning opportunities for this talented trio of singers to take their turn in the spotlight. Wanya Morris, who competed in the 22nd season of “Dancing With destiny,” breaks out the vocal acrobatics early in “On Bended Knee.” They take every chance between songs to thank the audience for their continued assistance and drop a little behind-the-scenes storytelling into the mix, consisting of the one about how nation band Lonestar’s mega-hit “Surprised” was used initially to the Boyz; they are sorry for handing down the tune, but they still performed their own variation.

Then the genuine fun begins. Boyz II Men is the last excellent Motown group, and not just because they are constantly motivated by the renowned record business’s timeless noise and style. They tape-recorded their first 3 albums for Motown, and covered their preferred tracks from the Motown era with 2007’s “A Journey Through Hitsville USA.” When they enter into their Motown sector at Mirage, the energy is transmittable– they could easily do a whole show of these hits. From “Reach Out (I’ll Exist)” to “The Tracks of My Tears,” the performers are clearly having as much fun as the audience.

And after that they begin having more enjoyable than the audience. After a throwback section commemorating their a capella origins, Shawn Stockman gets a guitar, Nathan Morris straps on a bass and suddenly Boyz II Men is a rollicking rock cover band, blasting through hits by Lenny Kravitz, Bruno Mars and the Beatles. It’s the type of spontaneous minute that separates these Vegas residencies from the pack, when a routinely occurring program seems like a one-night-only concert. Not every artist has the skill to pull it off.

When the Boyz enter into their greatest hits, the audience requires them to extend the songs out permanently. Ladies run up to the stage to get a rose tossed to them throughout “I’ll Make Love to You,” and “End of the Roadway” takes everybody back, if not to 1991 then the location of some personal, emotional memory. Not all well-known pop music is classic, but these songs are, and this group’s capabilities have not subsided one bit.

Boyz II Men carries out Sept. 1-3 and 15-17 in the Terry Fator Theatre at the Mirage, and continues with set up Friday-Sunday performances in October, November and December. For ticket information, call 702-792-7777 or see mirage.com.

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