Mariah Carey Mops the Floor — Literally — With ‘Merry Christmas One and All!’ at Hollywood Bowl: Concert Review
18.11.2023 - 15:35
Steven J. Horowitz Senior Music Writer There are always those tiny moments during Mariah Carey shows when she breaks from the script and ventures into the absurd. It happened during her “Merry Christmas One and All!” show about 40 minutes in at the Hollywood Bowl, the first of two sold-out nights in Los Angeles on her North American tour.
“You know, would it be frightfully tiresome if someone just got a mop and like cleared up that area?” she said. “There’s hair grease all over that section.” Maybe it was one of the numerous mid-performance glam moments that caused the stage slick, but Mariah is about perfection, and things must always go right in the Mariah-verse. Thus cued the stagehand who emerged to the right wing of the stage, mop in hand.
“I guess the right thing is for me to do this too,” she said. As musical director Daniel Moore started vamping on the piano and the full band joined in, Carey started ad-libbing a song about the everyday task: “Mop, mop, mop mop, he’s gonna mop that floor.” “Would you allow me?” she added, grabbing the mop and giving the stage a few swipes in a full custom Fendi cocktail dress, her daggered headpiece glimmering in the spotlight. “Let me just see.
I’m just going to mop for a second. And you thought she was too good to mop. It’s really easy if you try!” If you were expecting an unexpected Carey performance, well, you got one.
The universally agreed-upon Queen of Christmas got the holiday season off to an early start on Friday night at the Bowl, which adds up. Christmas starts when she says it does, and the public would agree. Like clockwork, “All I Want for Christmas Is You” has already started its climb back up to the top of the charts.
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