So I went to see Reba and Kelly Friday night. I have to admit when I first saw the ad for the show I was skeptical. It just sounded ... odd.
Reba and Kelly - 2 Voices
But, I have to admit I was very pleasantly surprised. Not only does it work, but it's one of the most entertaining concerts I've seen in a while. I should also mention that it should be Reba-Kelly-Melissa, because Melissa Peterman is a huge part of the show, and she's very funny. For those that don't know, Melissa played Reba's daughter on Reba, the sitcom that ran for six years.
Let's clear up the first misconception, it's not a show where Kelly sings and Reba comes on later. It's a concert where they both sing together, the entire time. Yes, virtually every song is a duet, and on the very few when it's not a duet, Kelly or Reba stands slightly to the side providing the background vocals. That's pretty rare though.
As for Melissa, she opens with stand up comedy and then comes back later to harass Reba and Kelly onstage. I've never seen this in my 30+ years of attending concerts and it worked really well.
My favorite line was when Melissa hands Reba a Budweiser and steps back: "Well look at that," she says. "The queen of country, with the king of beers."
The show was very uptempo, and heavily rock oriented, which may have annoyed some longtime Reba fans, but from my viewpoint Reba was having a great time, and enjoying the chance to stretch her repertoire.
I also heard some grumbling that it wasn't a typical Reba show, which means no costume changes and no big production. Instead, this was a stripped down rock tour, and a really good one.
'til more artists realize to get my money, I want to be entertained
Keep the Adventure Alive,