“I know this is supposed to be a Christmas show, but I feel like there’s one other song that kind of fits the evening” she announced… as the band slowly picked up the tune, my 11-year old self secretly prayed for Mariah’s early 90’s anthem Hero to be the one. And after a drawn out crowd-teasing 30 seconds, she finally started into the lyrics I was dying to here… “And then a hero comes along… ” and the audience at New York City’s Beacon Theatre went wild! Halfway through the performance, her microphone pack slipped off her gown and she decided to take it from the top! The band didn’t know what to make of it but the crowd ate it up! A double dose of her iconic hit! It was like Christmas morning, circa 6th grade, I woke up with the flu but in full spirits as I opened my first CD player boom box with Mariah’s Hero Album to go with it… I probably played that album a million times on my new stereo. I never imagined seeing her perform it live on stage… and in New York City no less! Monday night’s double date to Mariah’s Manhattan Christmas show made my holiday season for sure!
I joined Dave and his brother for a double date in the city Monday night to grab dinner out and the show. I wandered through Bryant Park, past my very first office when I started working in the city (the one with the Christmas tree in the lobby above), up 6th Avenue to Del Frisco’s for dinner. The crisp cool air and the holiday lights make this city one of the most special places to spend the Christmas season… and a great excuse for date nights!
Mariah is performing all week at the Beacon… I highly recommend the show! No one can hit those high notes quite like she can!