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Concert Review: Carrie Underwood Blows into Atlantic City

Her extravaganza, including a floating stage and hot rising star Hunter Hayes, helped fans forget Hurricane Sandy for a night

By Lori Hoffman
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At one point early in her show at Boardwalk Hall, Carrie Underwood said that there had been a discussion about postponing the concert because the Sandy disaster was so recent.  It was decided, however, that, ”This building was still here and that must be for a reason.”

Everyone from the fans to the Convention Hall folks who didn’t lose a payday to the rolling chair owners who flocked to the Boardwalk Hall entrance after the show were glad she did. This was the best way to help move past Sandy, a town once again with traffic on the streets and happy tourists willing to ignore the false reports of a lost Boardwalk to come to town for a great show.  And of course there were the locals who could forget the Sandy cleanup for a night.

From her first appearance in town with the American Idol tour to last night’s big and bold show, Underwood has undergone an amazing transformation. Early on her shows were understated as she had yet to embrace the “show” in showbiz.  Now she presents the total package, an extravaganza that includes a big set, a complex video show in the background and in the showcase moment, a “floating stage” that takes her deep into the audience to check out the fans in the cheap seats and sing for them.

Since this is the Blown Away tour, there were plenty of cuts from her big pop/country crossover album including the opening song “Good Girl,” her latest single “Two Black Cadillacs,” about a man whose heart is divided between his wife and mistress, and even a lilting bit of reggae with “One Way Ticket.” She also channeled her red neck woman with “Cupid’s Got A Shotgun.”

The floating stage mentioned earlier was an amazing contraption. It was designed to look like a jumbo air balloon and brought Underwood and three members of her band toward the rear of the Hall, singing and waving all the way.

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1. Heather McDonald said... on Nov 12, 2012 at 10:03PM

“Hi Lori Hoffman,

My name is Heather McDonald. My now fiance, Alfred Capriotti, and myself were the couple who got engaged during Carrie Underwood's concert at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ on November 9, 2012. The moment was magical, and Carrie made the moment even more special for us both- I have been a huge fan since she was on American Idol. Where can we find this published article?

Thank-you!”

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2. Lori Hoffman said... on Nov 14, 2012 at 10:25AM

“Congratulations Heather. This story is a web only feature, but you can print it.”

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3. Barbara Salle said... on Nov 15, 2012 at 04:44PM

“Saw Carrie last Friday 11/9 in Atlantic City, NJ and she was fantastic. I had to bring my older brother and he was so impressed by not only Carrie but the stage lights and screen videos. I loved when she was on the floating stage that carried her out to the middle of the audience. I would have lost my cookies, lol, but then I am a lot older. Her songs were varied and each sung with great passion and enthusiasm it was a great night of music. Hunter Hayes was a great opener and is one talented young man. I think my one of my favorites was when she sang "One Way Ticket" I just love that song. It is so different for her and such a fun song. And Carrie returned every penny from that concert back to A/C because of Hurricane Sandy!! How about that!! What a real sweetheart but then her fans already know this, right! Thanks so much Carrie and best of luck on Sunday!! God Bless. Barbara”

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