Sunday, December 16, 2007

Miley Gave Parents, Girls Night Out to feel good about

The 15-year-old Disney Channel TV star brought her "Best of Both Worlds" tour to a capacity crowd at the Air Canada Centre.

Whether performing as herself, or as alter ego Hannah Montana from the Emmy Award-nominated TV show of the same name, the Nashville native delivered high-calibre techno pop and rock with wholesome messages and dance appeal.

The 4 p.m. show opened with the Jonas Brothers.

"This is a rock 'n' roll show, am I correct?" inquired Joe Jonas, one of three other Jonas Brothers. And there was certainly nothing not-great about their performance, in spite of the 5-year-olds singing along.
Then came Miley, in a blonde wig as Hannah Montana, lowered to the stage from a catwalk above, to sing songs popularized on the TV series, including, "Rock Star," "Old Blue Jeans" and Nobody's Perfect."

She performed the latter half of the 90-minute set as Miley – brunette topped and slightly more mature in style for tunes from her debut album, such as "G.N.O. (Girls Night Out)" and "East Northumberland High," which she explained was named for the Toronto school she attended while living here when her dad, country singing star Billy Ray Cyrus, was filming a TV show.

The great-voiced Miley is a spunky, poised performer – not perfect, but with a truckload of talent and personality in the vein of past Disney stars made good such as Hilary Duff and Justin Timberlake.
For now, Miley's still growing; she was breathless towards the end of show, had a tendency to say "you guys" a lot, and revealed bottom teeth in need of braces.

But that "regularness" is a big part of her appeal.
"It's fun, it's harmless, the kids love it," said marketing executive Walter Levitt, who brought his three children aged 5, 8, 10. "It's all we listen to in the car and they know every word."
While Levitt scored free tickets through work, Dennis and Kristin Reintjes shelled out $270 for seats for themselves and children Connor, 5, and Caitlin, 8, as well as $60 on souvenirs.
"We go to so few events and the kids have never been to anything like this," said automotive plant manager Dennis.

Both he and his wife laud Cyrus's TV show.

"I remember watching Hannah Montana it's the only show the whole family can watch together."
Teacher Kristin added: "She has really good messages of self-esteem for kids."
The concert attracted a few older kids as well, like 19-year-old Quinn Le, who was thrilled with the $175 tickets her boyfriend bought online yesterday morning as an early Christmas present.