“Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special” will combine music, dancing and animation. It will be driven by a a story about bringing the world together. It will premiere on the heels of the 25th anniversary of Carey’s iconic holiday anthem “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” It will feature Carey and a lineup of surprise guest appearances.
Carey will executive produce along with Ian Stewart, Raj Kapoor, and Ashley Edens for production company Done + Dusted. BAFTA Award winner Hamish Hamilton and Oscar nominee and Golden Globe winner Roman Coppola will direct.
News of the special comes after it was announced that Carey is preparing to release the two-disc “The Rarities” on Oct. 2. It is described as a “collection of personal favorites from her vault … celebrating Carey’s exceptional artistry and vision through hidden musical jewels from her personal archives.”
Carey is also prepping for the release of her memoir, “The Meaning of Mariah Carey,” on Sept. 29. It is written with Michaela Angela Davis and will be out in print and on Audible via Andy Cohen Books.
Carey is one of the most successful performers in history, with over 200 million albums sold and multiple hit singles. She is a multiple Grammy winner and an inductee into the Songwriter Hall of Fame.
Done + Dusted is no stranger to large-scale musical events. The company has previously produced specials such as ABC’s live staging of “The Little Mermaid” and the London Olympics opening and closing ceremonies. Hamilton has previously directed multiple Super Bowl halftime shows as well as multiple Emmy Awards ceremonies. Coppola’s previous credits include executive producing the Netflix special “A Very Murray Christmas.”
The Hollywood Reporter first broke news of the Carey special.