It's likely that most who entered the TLA on Wednesday knew about Meghan Trainor's back-story. That's why her show was sold out, with kids, tweens, and parents drawn to the now-21-year-old's message, as well as her brand of merry synth-pop, doo-wop, and such.
Trainor was a Nantucket-raised, plus-size teen dissed by girl frenemies and jock boys for not having a tall, stick-figure frame. Luckily, the young Trainor had confidence in her big talent: a brassy singing voice, a way with funny lyrics, a winning personality, and musical-theater panache. She also just happened to be "all about the bass." Hence her 2014 bubblegum hit of the same name.
Success is the best revenge, and Trainor - cheery in a short, swishy skirt - exuded delicious confidence on stage. Although she didn't have the bawdy image, catty comic timing, or wide vocal range of a Bette Midler, she showed she is heading in Midler's direction. Entertaining as all get out, with more talky asides than a Eugene O'Neill play, Trainor, when singing, fit her deepest feelings into kiddish, humorous lyrics such as those on "Credit" and its take on losing the wrong man ("Had him brushing his teeth, even flossing,/ Got him looking like Ryan Gosling"). The zealous doo-wop of "Dear Future Husband" was silly with a genuine sense of hope and yearning. "Walkashame" was a bouncy throwaway, but still cute.