I don't care what the stans have to say about looking for big budget staging but I'd argue the majority of the people that go to see Mariah want to hear her sing first and foremost and hear songs like Hero and WBT. They don't want to watch a circus act that sounds like crap.
I've been the several concerts in recent times, Ed Sheeran, Coldplay and Mariah being the most notable. I said this here before but Ed Sheeran's staging at a packed out concert of 82,000 was more sparse than Mariah's. The big screens didn't display him, just tragic graphics. Yet it was one of the best concerts I was at, the atmosphere, the performances and the songs he delivered were on point.
The production value of Coldplays show was far more impressive. It was probably the best concert I've been to. But it was down to hearing the songs. The fireworks, the light up wristbands we all got certainly added to the whole thing but if there was none of that, it still would have been a phenomenal show.
Mariah's TSSF tour gets such a bad rap here and I think it's unfair. Sure the staging wasn't remotely interesting but there was enough production value to enhance what should be a show all about her and that's exactly what it was. It was well rehearsed, flowed extremely smoothly, she sounded great and there was a great atmosphere. The music, her voice and her personality carried the show and that's how it should be. Not some expensive staging.