Mariah Carey Wraps Christmas Residency in Shiny Bow: Live Review

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Brave children mime Mariah Carey’s Christmas hit All I Want For Christmas Is You while in hospital.

Mariah Carey’s iconic Christmas classic “All I Want for Christmas Is You” may have slipped to the No. 2 spot as one of the most popular songs played at retail, but Mimi isn’t sweating it. Clearly the relationship between former husband and wife Mariah and Nick is more than amicable, as evidenced by the most recent picture posted to Nick’s Instagram account.

Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon have already proven that even though they’re no longer together, they will still continue their holiday traditions for their kids (we so love that). At the final night of her Christmas residency at New York City’s 2,900-capacity Beacon Theatre Friday night (Dec. 18), Carey proactively created a new song for her fans. In moving scenes sick children lie in their hospital beds as they sing-along to the famous song, while staff clad in Christmas jumpers and accessories are also captured joining together to bellow out the track’s lyrics.

While Mariah has moved on with boyfriend, James Packer, Nick recently revealed to Ellen DeGeneres on her talk show that he is purposely single at the moment. Along the way Mancunian celebrities and the hospital’s charity patrons including Corrie’s Tupele Dorgu and Antony Cotton are also filmed performing the song while visiting the hospital. In one particularly adorable snap, the former couple’s 4-year-old twins, Moroccan and Monroe, got into the holiday spirit dressed in red elf costumes – complete with elf hats and ears – and are hugging each other. “My little elves #comeon #rocnroe,” Mariah captioned the snap earlier this week.That was just the beginning.

Carey’s show — a mix of material from 1994’s Merry Christmas and the 2010 follow-up Merry Christmas II You — is destined to become a Christmas classic as traditional as Radio City Music Hall’s Christmas Spectacular and Rockefeller Center’s tree. Nick got in on the fun Friday, posting shot after shot of Roc and Roe decorating their Christmas tree, posing by it, climbing on his shoulders to hang ornaments on it and more. It goes on to say: “Text RMCH00 £(amount) to 70070 to donate today!” According to the Manchester Evening News , Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity patron Antony also visited the hospital earlier in December to help spread some festive cheer.

The centerpiece of it all is Carey herself, sparkling in three separate gowns — white, champagne and red — as shiny as the most splendid ornaments on any Christmas tree. Antony, who plays the lovable barman Sean Tully in Coronation Street, handed out gifts and spent time chatting with children and their parents on Ward 85, the hospital’s respiratory and heart ward. Opening with a gorgeous and uplifting version of “Hark the Herald Angels Sing,” the 45-year old singer welcomed the crowd, with many sipping champagne in her honor, to an evening of merriment. Also in December Coronation Street’s on-screen couple Jennie McAlpine and Alan Halsall, Fizz and Tyrone, spent time on Ward 84, the children’s cancer ward at the hospital.

Santa????,” he captioned a photo of the finished product.As they continued the festivities the following day, they took a family photo with Mariah flashing a smile as she sat next to Nick, their children and Nick’s mom. “#FestiveFamilyMoments,” Nick captioned the shot. The visit was particularly special for them as their on-screen daughter, Hope, is currently battling Neuroblastoma, a particularly gruelling childhood cancer.

The Long Island native’s 80-minute set — ably backed by a five-piece band led by musical director “Big Jim”Wright — was interspersed with charming chatter, as the singer engaged with the audience while accepting Hello Kitty-themed gifts and flowers while cracking jokes and commenting on the unusually warm and rainy East Coast weather. Highlights included her cover of Darlene Love’s “Christmas, (Baby Please Come Home),” “Joy to the World” (with a smart mix of the Three Dog Night song of the same name interspersed into the chorus), a nod to the Peanuts gang with “Christmas Time Is Here” and a truly uplifting performance of “Silent Night” backed by the choir and children, decked in white and holding candles. Carey also showed that her vocals are still unmatched when she hit an ungodly note at the end of “O, Holy Night.” As an added bonus, Carey strayed from the Christmas script to a three-song set of her own music with a spirited version of “Emotions,” the soulful “We Belong Together” from The Emancipation of Mimi, and a soaring triumph of a performance of “Hero,” a song she said may not be a Christmas song, but captured the spirit of the occasion.

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