"MIAMI," MARIAH CAREY says, "is not an easy place to begin a tour." It's nearly two hours into the sold-out first night of The Adventures of Mimi tour, and for Carey—looking elegant but weary in a skintight turquoise gown—the show has been a not-always-excellent adventure. There have been missed lighting cues, bungled dance moves and uncomfortable pauses while Carey scuttles to the edge of the stage to sip water through a straw. She spends nearly half of "Dreamlover" entreating the techies to turn on giant stage-side fans ("Where are my fans? I need a moment, here!"), knocks her sunglasses askew during "Fantasy" before whipping them disconsolately into the crowd and appears to be singing the wrong vocal part over a backing track in "Don't Forget About Us." Throughout the night, she fiddles with her earpiece, at one point begging her sound crew, "If I have to wear this thing, could you please make sure the volume is turned up nice and loud?"
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