Contributed by monarc20:
Radio City Music Hall…as soon as we arrive, we immediately are delighted this venue was chosen over Madison Square Garden to host this “Intimate Evening with Mariah Carey”. Dimmed lighting, luxurious chandeliers and large curtains cover the stage; difficult to imagine a better setting for a celebration with our favorite diva. An orange curtain, decorated by a golden Charmbracelet and done in a circus motif, is still enveloping the stage, but the harsh New York critics are already sharpening their pencils to find even the smallest imperfections. Tonight, Mariah will give her all, not just filling the stage, but entering convincingly from the back of the auditorium through a frenzy of screaming fans.
The hits pour out during a Moulin Rouge inspired show, beginning with Heartbreaker (with a guest appearance by Da Brat) to I Know What You Want, followed by My All, which ends in its remix. Until now, the show has been very beautiful, very festive, very nice, but the audience hasn’t seen anything yet… For Subtle Invitation, Mariah is wrapped in a white sheet fashioned into a swing, and she descends elegantly from the ceiling to land on the piano, where she falls into lascivious and suggestive poses before launching into an improvised tune to introduce her back-up singers and musicians, which gives the audience the impression of sitting in a real jazz club.
The feeling climaxes by the release of vocal fireworks, as the singer lets her vocal palette explode, dazzling the fans. The old doubts about her voice are but memories, and seemed to have never existed. All these octaves seem detached from the diva, her prowess which seemed to never had faded since the end of the Daydream Tour. The tone reaches a crescendo with My Saving Grace to I’ll Be There followed by a rendition filled with conviction of Make It Happen. The audience is in a trance, fans are singing, dancing, pumping their fists to heighten the impact of the lyrics; Mariah issues her vocal tour de force and succeeds in giving everyone in the audience the feeling that the song is dedicated to them.
It’s the launching of brightly colored giant beach balls into the audience during Always Be My Baby that ends the show euphorically before a well-deserved “encore”, where Mariah surpasses herself once again on Vision of Love and Hero, leaving the crowd stupefied. Everyone leaves with a smile on their lips, still thinking about this extraordinary night face to face with the diva.