Mariah Carey certainly knows how to make an entrance.
Dressed in a spangled silver gown and a matching spangled sling for her dislocated shoulder, the Greenlawn native rose through a hidden platform onto the stage at Central Park's Great Lawn Saturday night as the sun set, her first public appearance since leaving the hospital for treatment of her injuries from a fall on a video shoot.
"I'm not in the best of health here," said Carey, backed by the New York Philharmonic, as part of The 2013 Major League Baseball All-Star Charity Concert, in honor of baseball's All-Star Game at Citi Field on Tuesday. "I'm doing the best with what I've got -- seriously."
Carey made the most of her impressive collaborators, led by music director Alan Gilbert, performing the lush ballad "Looking In" for the first time in concert. She was in fine voice but struggled a bit with the personal lyrics.
"I kind of thought I would not get through that one," she said, admitting later that she was in pain as she sang. "Everybody goes through things," she added.
It's been a rough couple of months for Carey. She drew questions about her lip-synching when she performed on the "American Idol" finale. She pushed back the release of her album "The Art of Letting Go" from July 23 to an undetermined date. And then last week, during the filming of her video for a new "#Beautiful" remix, Carey fell, dislocating her shoulder, breaking a rib and suffering numerous bruises.
But she performed like a trouper last night, even covering her sling with a fur wrap so it wouldn't be as noticeable. Carey dedicated her powerful finale "Hero," as well as her prayers, to victims of superstorm Sandy, whose charities received $1 million from Major League Baseball from the concert.
The New York Philharmonic made some news of its own, with the world premiere of Mark Isham's suite from the movie "42," performed with Jackie Robinson's wife and daughter in the audience.