After 21 years of singing together (sans original fourth member Michael McCary who left the group in 2003 for health reasons), Boyz II Men have established a legendary harmony. Their talent shined on this night of their new residency at The Mirage.
Before they sang one note, Wanya Morris accidently knocked over his mic stand during some choreographed dance moves, but they kept the early tempo going strong then transitioned into what they do best: sing. They crooned “On Bended Knee,” grabbing attention. Their performance of “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday” left the crowd mesmerized.
The group paid homage to the Motown era with the Temptations’ “My Girl” and “Just My Imagination” as well as the Four Tops’ “It’s the Same Old Song” and “Reach Out, I’ll Be There.” The tribute lifted the crowd to its feet as they sang along and danced in the aisles. The highlight was during “I’ll Make Love to You,” when the performers gave roses to the dozens of women (and a handful of men) who rushed to the stage to receive them.
“Motownphilly” had everyone on their feet as the rare up-tempo song gave Morris a chance of redemption for his earlier mic-stand snafu. He performed dance solos of the “Running Man” and the “Roger Rabbit”—much to the staged aggravation of his group, but to the delight of the screaming audience. ★★★☆☆