Leather, fur, metallics, shades, open-toe stilettos … and that was in the Fox Theatre lobby before the show started.
And the show did finally start at 9 p.m. when pop star Mariah Carey descended from high above wearing a gold bodice and fluffy white tulle skirt. Granted, almost all headliners start after ticket time – but the crowd had to sit through song after song after song by Michael Jackson and his brothers. Some in the exasperated crowd, which included grade-school girls and fashionable tweens, started booing during song breaks to get Ms. Mariah’s attention (it didn’t work).
Atlanta’s own music mogul Jermaine Dupri helped her open the party scene with “Shake it Off” from her immensely successful “Emancipation of Mimi” comeback album. With a perfect tan, she sashayed and pranced her way through songs and wardrobe changes – from the full gold ruching to a long gold halter gown to short silver sequined sheath with mini fur jacket to long black sequined gown. She was visually stunning, even if we had to sit through her Betty Boop imitations.
The big question of the night: Did she act crazy … or tipsy? The answer is no. In fact, she playfully joked throughout the night especially when she took “tinsy ladylike sips” of “apple juice.” And she acknowledged her love affair with fans (the kind that keep her hair in perpetual flight) saying, “It is what it is.”
As for her singing, I’m having mixed feelings. At points it was reminiscent of the vocal prowess from her first album. At other times, marshmallow-soft air notes evaporated in the crowd (a friend suggested she wouldn’t be able to win “American Idol” with that performance).
Truth be told, I have bought Mariah CDs and still listen to them, but there were times Tuesday I couldn’t figure out if there was some occasional lip-synching. Which on the surface wouldn’t be terrible if she put on a high-energy show like Beyonce or Lady Gaga. But let’s be honest: the only sweat Mariah works up is when she’s air boxing with that right arm.
Aside from the shirtless Adonis that kept heating up the stage and the aerial ribbon dancers, all in all the show was … well, I’d love to hear from fans who paid $89 to $129 for tickets.