Denise Truscello Mariah Carey wraps up her Colosseum residency on July 18.
. We must probably start a petition to get Caesars Palace and Mariah Carey to restore their relationship. That’s all I can consider after I finally caught the chart-busting singer’s # 1 to Infinity resident program at the Colosseum Sunday night, a production that will end on July 18.
Even in the brand-new headliner-dominated age of Las Vegas Strip home entertainment where entertainers from various eras and popular song genres like Cher, Britney Spears, Celine Dion, Ricky Martin, the Backstreet Boys and Elton John are all raking through their hits in magnificently huge stage shows, losing Carey, the very popular female artist of perpetuity, is a big offer. There are plans to bring Mariah back for a series of December shows commemorating her brochure of Christmas music, and that would certainly be a successful venture.
But let’s aim to lock her down for a few more years, particularly because she sounds magnificent. In this program, she famously carries out all 18 of her No. 1 hit singles in chronological order, opening with 1990 slow-burning ballad “Vision of Love.” She sang strong right out of the gate on July 9, then struck some of those hallmark “whistle register” high notes on “Love Requires time.” Even if the 47-year-old queen’s voice sometimes dips to a 9 and even an 8, a Mariah 8 is pure and effective, with a bit more grit and soul to it these days.
There were few stumbles at my show. The greatest highs began the early “I Don’t Want to Cry,” the more positive “Feelings,” the timeless duet with Trey Lorenz covering the Jackson 5’s “I’ll Exist,” the wisely remixed and hip-hopped version of “Heartbreaker,” and the 2005 smash “We Belong Together.” She drew out her amazingly charming kids Moroccan and Monroe so she could serenade them with “Always Be My Child.” She highlighted Lorenz and keyboardist/singer Daniel Moore to sing the Boyz II Men parts on “One Sweet Day.” And she brought lots of energy to the 2nd half of the nearly two-hour show, revitalized by performing her more current hits.
If this is completion of this substantial star’s Vegas residency, go see it while you can. Not all her fellow headliners can or will perform anywhere near Mariah’s level, and they certainly do not have 18 No. 1 hits to have fun with.
Mariah Carey: # 1 to Infinity will be presented at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace at 8 p.m. on July 11, 14, 15 and 18, which’s it. Discover ticket information at thecolosseum.com.