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Superstar Mika keeps Moore crowd on their feet
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Superstar Mika keeps Moore crowd on their feet

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

Mika
Moore Theatre
October 2


When international pop star Mika played the Moore Theatre on Monday night, he brought with him the perfect recipe for a show. For two hours, he turned the venue into the happiest place on earth by dishing out one serving after another of delicious pop music that left the audience with a sugar high. Mika has never been better.

After a fair opening set by newcomer Gary Go, Mika landed on stage wearing a spacesuit and a foot brace (the artist recently tore some tendons in his foot at a San Francisco, California show), which didn't slow down the energetic Londoner one bit. Mika opened the show with three songs from his 2007 debut album, Life in Cartoon Motion: "Relax, Take It Easy," "Big Girl (You Are Beautiful)," and "Stuck in the Middle."

"I love Seattle," he told the audience. "The last time we were here, I lost my voice. I wanted to come back and do a proper show in a theater. Are you ready?"

Much to Mika's delight, the appreciative audience sang every word to every song and danced throughout the night. Monday night marked the tour's last U.S. show, Mika said. Once out of the space suit, Mika wore a series of jackets over his trademark white pants and shirt. The stage was full of hanging orbs, giving the illusion that we were attending a dance party on the moon.

The set list was well-balanced between the old material and Mika's news songs from this year's CD, The Boy Who Knew Too Much. Highlights from the new album were "Dr. John" and "Blame It on the Girls," where he divided the audience into two groups, one side singing the title lyric, and the other answering with "blame it on the boys."

"Love Today," one of the songs that thrust Mika onto radio stations around the globe, was a crowd favorite and sent many into a jumping frenzy. The energy level never seemed to dip below maximal.

At the end of the show, huge white balloons were launched from the top balcony and bounced over the heads and clapping hands of the audience. Ending the 17-song set with an encore was inevitable. Despite a limp, the high-octane entertainer returned to the stage for a three-song encore, including "Grace Kelly" and "Lollipop."

Mika is a true entertainer in every sense of the word. Not only is he a talented singer, often likened to Gay favorites George Michael and Freddy Mercury, but an accomplished musician as well. To say he is a trooper would be understating the performance he gave despite being injured. From start to finish, he had the audience jumping in unison and begging for more.

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