All I Want for Christmas Is You: A Night of Joy and Festivity

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All I Want for Christmas Is You: A Night of Joy and Festivity
Residency by Mariah Carey
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Location
  • North America
  • Europe
VenueVarious
Associated albumsMerry Christmas &
Merry Christmas II You
Start dateDecember 15, 2014 (2014-12-15)
End dateNovember 28, 2020 (2020-11-28)
Legs8
No. of shows
  • 6 in 2014
  • 8 in 2015
  • 9 in 2016
  • 11 in 2017
  • 11 in 2018
  • 11 in 2019
  • 1 in 2020
  • 57 in total
Attendance123,780 (94%)
Box office$12,422,795 (30 Shows)
Mariah Carey concert chronology

All I Want for Christmas Is You, a Night of Joy and Festivity is the first concert residency by American singer Mariah Carey. Performed annually at the Beacon Theatre in Manhattan, New York, the residency began on December 15, 2014, and is set to conclude on November 28, 2020, after completing nine legs and fifty-seven shows. Billboard revealed that the six dates had sold out with a total of 16,196 tickets while grossing $1.5 million during the first leg of the residency. The main set list for the show encompassed songs from Merry Christmas and Merry Christmas II You, with additional non-holiday tracks.

Background and development[edit]

Mariah Carey released her fourteenth studio album, titled Me. I Am Mariah... The Elusive Chanteuse, on May 27, 2014.[1] It debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 album chart with opening week sales of 58,000 copies in the United States, and number one on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.[1][2] Carey embarked on her eighth concert tour called The Elusive Chanteuse Show in October and November later that year, whereby she performed concerts throughout East Asia, South East Asia and Australasia.[1][2] During the Australasian leg, Carey announced that she would take up residency at the Beacon Theatre in the New York City borough of Manhattan to be performed annually in December, as a twentieth anniversary celebration of the release of her first Christmas album, Merry Christmas, in 1994, as well as her second Christmas album, Merry Christmas II You (2010).[3][4] Carey said in an announcement "I can't imagine being anywhere more special than live on stage, in my hometown, celebrating with my fans during the Christmas season, my most treasured time of the year, I can't wait!"[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Jim Farber of the New York Daily News stated that while Carey "seemed nervous and out-of-breath," the show had "a strange allure."[5] Steven J. Horowitz from Billboard praised the singer's first performance at the venue, writing: "Carey accomplished what she came to do: spread Christmas cheer."[6] Jon Caramanica from The New York Times who also reviewed the first show wrote the singer felt "utterly at ease" and commended her engagement with the audience.[7]

Commercial performance[edit]

Following the announcement of the residency in October 2014, tickets for shows on December 15, 16, 18 and 20 went on pre-sale on November 3 for Citigroup cardholders, while general release followed a week later on November 10.[3] Additional dates for December 21 and 22 were later released.[8] Billboard later announced that the six dates generated a 100% attendance, with Carey playing to a total of 16,196 people and the shows grossing $1,563,173 in total.[9]

In October 2015, a new string of dates were announced once again at the Beacon Theatre with tickets available on October 17 via Ticketmaster.[10]

Set list[edit]

  1. "Sugar Plum Fairy Introlude" (Ballet introduction)
  2. "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing / Gloria (In Excelsis Deo)"
  3. "Charlie Brown Christmas"
  4. "Fantasy" (Teaser)
  5. "Oh Santa!"
  6. "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)"
  7. Santa Medley: "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town" / "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" / "Jingle Bells" (Performed by children) [Interlude]
  8. "Jesus Oh What a Wonderful Child" (Performed by Trey Lorenz and choir) [Interlude]
  9. "Silent Night" (With choir)
  10. "Joy to the World" (With choir)
  11. Band Introductions
  12. "When Christmas Comes"
  13. "Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane) / Housetop Celebration"
  14. "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" (Performed by children) [Interlude]
  15. "Carol of the Bells" (With elements from "Sing We Now of Christmas", performed by background dancers) [Interlude]
  16. "Christmas Time Is in the Air Again"
  17. "O Holy Night"
  18. "Emotions"
  19. "We Belong Together"
  20. "Hero"
  21. "Hero Reprise"
  22. "All I Want for Christmas Is You"
  23. "All I Want for Christmas Is You Reprise" (Outro)

Notes:

  • "Emotions" was not performed on the first night, in Stavanger, Gothenburg, Copenhagen, Berlin, Nottingham, Leeds, on the second London show, Amsterdam and Brussels.
  • "We Belong Together" was not performed on the first and second nights.
  • John Legend joined Carey during the performance of "When Christmas Comes" on the sixteenth night.[13]
  • "Christmas Time Is in the Air Again" was replaced by a cover of Nat King Cole's song "The Christmas Song" on the seventeenth night. R. Kelly joined Carey on stage.[14]
  • Jussie Smollett joined Carey during the performance of "Christmas Time Is in the Air Again" on the twenty-third night.
  • "The Star" was added to the setlist on the twenty-fourth night.
  • "Que je t'aime" was performed on the first Paris show.
  • A snippet of "Miss You Most (At Christmas Time)" was performed on the third Las Vegas show and in Brussels.
  • The "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" interlude was replaced by a "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" piano solo in 2018 and 2019.
  • "The Distance" was performed in all the dates in Europe in 2018.
  • A snippet of "One Child" was performed in Leeds.
  • A snippet of "Caution" was performed in Brussels.
  • A snippet of "Jesus Born On This Day" was performed in Madrid.
  • The "Santa Medley" interlude was replaced by a performance of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" by Mariah's children in 2019.
  • "We Belong Together" was replaced by "Always Be My Baby" on the seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth Las Vegas shows and during the eighth North American leg (except in New York City).
  • "The Star" was not performed in December 2019.
  • "This Christmas" was performed by the background singers in December 2019.

Shows[edit]

Grosses ahve been reported for the 51 of the 56 shows that occurred between December 2014 and December 2019. The total attendance for those shows was 208,081 people and the total gross was $22,090,619.[11]

Date Venue City Country Sellouts/Shows Attendance/Capacity Revenue
Leg 1 — North America[9]
December 15, 2014 Beacon Theatre New York City United States 6/6 16,196 / 16,196 (100%) $1,563,173
December 16, 2014
December 18, 2014
December 20, 2014
December 21, 2014
December 22, 2014
Leg 2 — North America[10]
December 8, 2015 Beacon Theatre New York City United States N/A N/A N/A
December 9, 2015
December 11, 2015
December 12, 2015
December 14, 2015
December 15, 2015
December 17, 2015
December 18, 2015
Leg 3 — North America[12]
December 5, 2016 Beacon Theatre New York City United States 7/9 23,392 / 24,169 (96%) $2,369,921
December 7, 2016
December 8, 2016
December 10, 2016
December 11, 2016
December 13, 2016
December 14, 2016
December 16, 2016
December 17, 2016
Leg 4 — North America[13]
December 2, 2017 Beacon Theatre New York City United States 3/3 8,127 / 8,127 (100%) $847,479
December 4, 2017
December 5, 2017
Leg 5 — Europe[14][15]
December 9, 2017 AccorHotels Arena Paris France 0/1 6,479 / 7,622 (85%) $645,330
December 10, 2017 Manchester Arena Manchester England 1/1 9,371 / 9,371 (100%) $927,176
December 11, 2017 The O2 Arena London 0/1 15,074 / 16,290 (92%) $1,525,000
Leg 6 — North America[16][17]
December 14, 2017 The Colosseum at Caesars Palace Las Vegas United States 0/5 14,533 / 17,434 (83%) $1,897,495
December 16, 2017
December 17, 2017
December 20, 2017
December 22, 2017
Leg 7 — Europe
December 1, 2018 Sørmarka Arena Stavanger Norway N/A N/A N/A
December 3, 2018 Scandinavium Gothenburg Sweden
December 4, 2018 Royal Arena Copenhagen Denmark
December 5, 2018 Mercedes-Benz Arena Berlin Germany 1/1 7,535 / 7,535 (100%) $513,894
December 7, 2018 AccorHotels Arena Paris France 0/1 5,308 / 7,800 (69%) $501,640
December 9, 2018 Motorpoint Arena Nottingham Nottingham England 0/1 5,553 / 6,200 (90%) $467,977
December 10, 2018 First Direct Arena Leeds N/A N/A N/A
December 11, 2018 The O2 Arena London 0/1 11,212 / 15,140 (74%) $1,163,710
December 13, 2018 Ziggo Dome Amsterdam Netherlands N/A N/A N/A
December 14, 2018 Forest National Brussels Belgium
December 17, 2018 WiZink Center Madrid Spain
Leg 8 — North America
November 22, 2019 The Colosseum at Caesars Palace Las Vegas United States
November 23, 2019
November 27, 2019
November 29, 2019
November 30, 2019
December 7, 2019 Hard Rock Live Atlantic City
December 9, 2019 The Theater at MGM Oxon Hill
December 10, 2019
December 12, 2019 Mohegan Sun Arena Uncasville
December 13, 2019 Wang Theatre Boston
December 15, 2019 Madison Square Garden New York City
Leg 9 — North America
November 28, 2020 Blaisdell Arena Honolulu United States
Total 18/29 123,780/135,884 (91%) $12,422,795

Cancelled shows[edit]

Date Venue City Country Reason
2017
November 17, 2017 Caesars Windsor Windsor Canada Upper respiratory infection[18][19][20][21][22]
November 18, 2017 Chicago Theatre Chicago United States
November 20, 2017 Sands Bethlehem Event Center Bethlehem
November 21, 2017 Seneca Niagara Events Center Niagara Falls
November 22, 2017 Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park Cleveland
November 24, 2017 MGM National Harbor Oxon Hill
November 25, 2017 Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa Atlantic City
November 28, 2017 Beacon Theatre New York City
December 1, 2017

References[edit]

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  18. ^ https://windsorstar.com/news/local-news/mriah-carey-cancels-caesars-windsor-show
  19. ^ http://www.etonline.com/mariah-carey-cancels-first-shows-christmas-concert-due-respiratory-infection-91147
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