Carrie Underwood Played for One Million Fans in 2010
It's been a busy year for Carrie Underwood, who wrapped up her Play On headlining tour in Connecticut December 30. Not only did she make her film debut, guest-star on CBS' 'How I Met Your Mother,' earn a Golden Globe nomination and marry hunky hockey player Mike Fisher, the songstress also managed to perform for the one million fans who came out to see her on the road. The tour, which opened in March, consisted of 108 shows throughout the U.S. and Canada.
"We're kind of going for broke on this one just because I feel like it's time," Carrie told the Associated Press. "At this point, the only thing it's about is putting on a great show, and we're going out with that in mind. I definitely think we have delivered."
The show is currently nominated for the Pollstar Concert Industry Awards' Most Creative Stage Production, something Carrie may have foresaw last spring. "As far as things getting bigger, it's just that," she said prior to the tour kick off. "The stage is bigger, there are more lights, and there are more tricks up our sleeve. We have a lot of moving parts on the stage. It's really cool. It's just a lot of stuff. My band's great. Wardrobe's great. It's just more. It's all of the bells and whistles and sprinkles on the cupcake."
She isn't exaggerating about bigger, either. The production carried 80 personnel over 35,000 miles in 13 trucks and eight buses.
The production was directed by Raj Kapoor, with set designer Michael Cotten, who is best known as the production designer for Michael Jackson's 'This Is It,' and 'American Idol' and 'So You Think You Can Dance' stylist Soyon An as costume designer.
"Man, she is incredible," Sons of Sylvia's Austin Clark told The Boot about the tour's headliner. "Her voice is impeccable every night. Every night you watch her go out and think she'll have one rough night, but she doesn't. She's always flawless and always so good."
During the tour's fall leg, Carrie donated 36 cents from every ticket sold to Save the Children's United States Programs. The program was inspired by the lyrics of Carrie's 'Change,' which acknowledges how much the smallest bit of change can add up to.
Watch the 2011 Golden Globes January 16 on NBC to see if Carrie takes home the trophy for Best Original Song in a Motion Picture for 'There's a Place For Us' from 'The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.'