Boys, boys, boys sang to very young girls, girls, girls (and their parents) in a sold-out show at the MGM Theater at Foxwoods Thursday night, featuring Big Time Rush on its first concert tour.
The singing group made famous in the Nickelodeon TV show “Big Time Rush” has matured since its early days: Their harmonies and dancing are tighter and their voices have greater range.The 2 1/2 hour show, which included an early 15-minute set by Jackson Guthy and 30 minute performance by One Direction, featured a half-dozen costume changes, a trampoline, trap doors and wade-into-the-audience interaction.
In turn, each of the four 20-somethings sang to Cassandra (“Yes, I may meet a million pretty girls that know my name but don’t you worry, no, ‘cause you have my heart”) who looked about to faint from happiness, and then blond Kendall Schmidt put his arm around her and kissed her on the cheek. From the audience reaction, you’d have thought they’d been kissed. Not that most of the BTR audience members were old enough considering that most of them looked like their previous band crush was on The Wiggles.
To say that there was screaming is an understatement. There was near constant screaming and jumping and chanting from the audience during BTR’s 85-minute performance as well as during One Direction. A five-person British (mostly) teen singing group (although member Zayn was missing as he’d flown home for a family emergency) was nearly as popular. Discovered two years ago on the “X Factor” in England, they are a worldwide sensation on their first tour with people camping out for tickets as far away as New Zealand. Their first release “Up All Night” is due in the U.S. March 13.
Still, it was Big Time Rush that had the big time fans squealing with delight greeting in every song (which the audience members seemed to think were directed at each of them personally), from “Nothing Even Matters” (“The world stops when I put my arms around you....”) to “Superstar” (“You are shining like a star, I wanna be where you are”) and “Boyfriend” (“Can’t you see, all I really want to be is your boyfriend.”)
The show ended with “The City Is Ours”, confetti canons, a few backflips and a theater full of grateful fans.