15 December 2019 – Mariah Carey : All I Want For Christmas Is You Tour – Madison Square Garden, New York
No doubt : Mariah Carey is definitely the queen of Christmas! She just won its 19th # 1 with the iconic "All I Want for Christmas Is You" which reached for the first time the top of the charts, 25 years after its release! This card is the result of hard work with the publication of an anniversary edition of the album "Merry Christmas" and a Christmas tour in the United States, which ends tonight in New York 🎄.
The choice of the room is ambitious : nothing less than Madison Square Garden and its 20 000 seats. A statement handily bet, because there remained no more the day of show! There are many available merchandising : the cap with the scarf through the ball for the tree, there is nothing to make a real variety of Christmas! The first part is provided by DJ Suss One and honestly : one is glad when it ends 😅. The scene is hidden by an imposing curtain. We can still see some decorated fir and above, a beautiful Christmas wreath badged "MC" proudly enthroned above all.
The show starts with an excerpt from The Nutcracker, « Sugar Plum Fairy ». A girl in ballet outfit performs some movements of classical dance before giving way to the diva, which then appears as the curtain rises. She wears a long red evening gown, split to size, giving it the appearance of a vamp years 50. it interprets « Hark! The Herald Angels Sing » in an absolutely sumptuous decor 😍. A huge tree decorated throne at center stage. It hides a part of the gigantic screen on which are broadcast images of atmosphere. Right here, windows with views of the Milky Way. Mariah is accompanied 4 musicians and 3 singers, to which will be added a choir, dancers and other surprises throughout the evening.
I am surprised by the public's enthusiasm that rises as one man to the appearance of the singer. I feel already that the concert will be very different from what I had the opportunity to see in Paris 2017. She is joined by her boyfriend Bryan Tanaka, dancer and choreographer, who twirls on the air « Charlie Brown Christmas ». On the screen, one can discover the characters of the comic book : Charlie Brown obviously, but Snoopy, you probably know better 😉.
After taking a sip of tea, she explains that it has launched a holiday season earlier this year, and it is time to move to the next level with « Oh Santa ! ». Spectators are crazy ! Behind me, a fan yells at full lung : I have trouble concentrating on what is happening on stage so she sings loudly (and false) 😂. After this moment of euphoria, she talks about the affection she has for this time of year and the songs she recorded for the occasion. She goes on « Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) » considered one of fan favorites.
We then see her children disembark, Monroe Rocco, on hoverboards. They recite their lines with little enthusiasm (but we forgive given their young age 😁) and throw a challenge : the Rudolph challenge. They then sing the nursery rhyme « Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer », which is known in France as the "Little Red Nosed Reindeer". After this interlude cute all full, Trey Lorenz, one of the singers, takes over to interpret « Jesus Oh What a Wonderful Child » accompanied by a gospel choir. With projections on screens, you would think that it is in a church.
Mariah reappears, wearing a billowy white dress and bright, matched with huge angel wings hanging down her back. This is far from chic, but you can not blame him for being in the theme 🤷♂️. She then begins « Silent Night » accompanied by the choir. At the end of the song, she invites her glam squad on stage and gets pampered by her makeup and her hairdresser, who also helps to withdraw its cumbersome wings. It continues with the festive, « Joy to the World », Available video a little lower, then presents the artists who accompany.
She thanked us for our support, as well as making this appointment a tradition. The next song, « When Christmas Comes » is one of his favorite, she says, This is an extract of the album "Merry Christmas II You". After removing a portion of her dress, she explains how she Family Christmas, that inevitably ends with the arrival of Father Christmas 🎅. It's the perfect transition for launch « Here Comes Santa Claus », land on which we see the reins and a Santa Claus with a bag full of goodies. Mariah and Bryan help send gifts in the public. This is a very colorful picture that ends with an unusual choreography of Santa Claus that dancers are struggling to make out scene.
Following a short interlude on the piano and some arabesques on the air « Carol of the Bells », which allow time for Mariah to change for the jazzy « Christmas Time Is in the Air Again ». She now wears a beautiful red evening dress, quite similar to the first. The light atmosphere creates a cozy time, imbued with a certain sweetness, which continues on the next track, « O Holy Night », one of the highlights of the show! Everything is beautiful : interpreting the starry sky that covers the stage, it really is a magical moment ❤.
It will then offer to take some of his greatest hits : « Emotions », « Always Be My Baby », « We Belong Together » and « Hero » are the winners of this selection! Spectators are hysterical. The whole room is standing, and sings loudly! This is a real moment of sharing, and it goes far beyond what I had the opportunity to see early in the year at the « Caution World Tour ». The video projections are also the same as during the previous tour. The curtain closes and after a short reminder, seen landing on stage a bear and a snowman came to accompany Mariah Carey on « All I Want for Christmas Is You ». She now wears a sexy outfit covered with glitter, reminding the world of the Nutcracker. She is surrounded by her dancers, and the choir is back also. The show ends with a flourish by a drop confetti in front of a captivated audience.
Everything went so fast! I can not believe that it is already finished! Nevertheless, I am delighted to have been able to attend this exceptional show which marks the 25th anniversary of the album "Merry Christmas" and ranking of its top title song of the charts. I felt that the energy was not the same as the first time I l & rsquo; saw. There was something more electric in the room ⚡. The setlist draws in its Christmas repertoire and even if "efficiency" is the keyword here : we can blame him not to change the show since its inception in 2014. With 2 Christmas albums to his credit, and plethora of traditional songs available, it is difficult to find an excuse 🙄. Despite a great time as « Joy to the World » et « O Holy Night », I regret the lack of news.
On the other hand, I do not remember the scenery was so beautiful 😍. A little more elaborate than the Paris concert I attended : the show boasts a bright and colorful staging that perfectly highlights the Christmas festive world. Once is not custom, for outfits, we are always at the limit of fashion faux pas, but I think it will not change now 😂. side atmosphere, I did not think that a Christmas show could make it as euphoric : the spectators were standing most of the time! She also chatted throughout the show, showing a real commitment to end holiday season. We hope to see her next year with a new version of the show perhaps ? 🤷♂️
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Setlist : Sugar Plum Fairy Introlude (Intro) / Hark! The Herald Angels Sing / Charlie Brown Christmas / Oh Santa! / Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) / Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer (by Rocco & Monroe) / Jesus Oh What a Wonderful Child (Trey Lorenz) / Silent Night / Joy to the World / This Christmas (Interlude) / When Christmas Comes / Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane) / Carol of the Bells (Interlude) / Christmas Time Is in the Air Again / O Holy Night / Emotions / Always Be My Baby / We Belong Together / Hero / All I Want For Christmas Is You