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We will have madonnalicious reporters in the gold circle and golden triangle at the Ramat Gan stadium tonight, sharing reports and updates with our readers.
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As fan anticipation builds, the last dress rehearsal ('friends and family' show) takes place on the eve of the opening night.
Costume designer Arianne Phillips tweeted a short while ago:
High energy day 4 everyone last rehearsal b4 the big day SUPER PSYCHED 4 opening nite 2morrow @mdna #madonna #mdnatour #openingnight
Hopefully fans will be able to get a look at (and buy) the new tour program soon.
To read the full interview visit www.jpost.com/ArtsAndCulture/Music
cannot believe we are just 1 day away from the world premiere of @mdna tour. The costume dept. is in tweaking mode making everything perfect
So, those ‘H’ words: ‘heat’, ‘humid’, ‘hot’. The weather forecast at time of going to press was a high of 44°C on Sunday June 3. ‘How’ are you going to stop us all going ‘hysterical’?
‘We’re bringing in a whole series of fans, water and cooling stations. The du Arena [formerly Yas Arena] is not far from the water, so there’s always a fair amount of breeze up there. Misting stations and cooling domes will be in place around the arena, there will be a two-for-one deal on bottles of water (Dhs10 for two), and ice lollies and other cool items will be available at the food stands. Our message is: drink lots of water, dress accordingly and, if you’re coming in a group, make sure you look after each other.’
And what about Madge herself? Fit she may be, but coping with 85 percent humidity while dancing around in five-inch heels would be tricky for a woman half her age...
‘There will be special air-conditioning units and large fans on stage blowing at the star and her performers throughout the show.’
Didn’t anyone think that putting on an outdoor concert in the UAE June might not be a good idea?
‘When Madonna announced her world tour, we had the opportunity to book her in June. It was either these dates [or no dates]. So we made the decision to take them. Why would you not want to bring an artist of this stature to the UAE?’
Hear, hear. So that’s temperature tackled; next we want to know what’s going on with all those cranes we saw at the arena when we sailed past last weekend?
‘We’re installing new grass areas and tarmac roadways. We decided to upgrade the venue’s infrastructure prior to the arrival of the Madonna technicians. Even before the start of the build-up to the concert, there are already about 200 people working on the site.’
How much of the show is micro-managing Madonna organising?
‘She’s bringing everything, including the kitchen sink. For most concerts the promoter invariably provides the infrastructure (the toilets, the fences, the bars, the barriers – all the bits that make up the workings of the show) and the artist will bring their own musical instruments. Madonna is bringing three 747s full of equipment in the next three days. There will be hundreds of people working at the airport prior to and after the event loading all this stuff on and off planes. That in itself is a gargantuan effort.’
Goodness. Does she carry a lot of spares?
‘There are allowances for breakages, of course. But when Madonna is out on tour, with all her bells and whistles, the message is that every element of her show is the same in every territory. The show that people see in Abu Dhabi will be identical to the show they would see in New York, London or wherever.’
She’s not been told to tone down her lyrics, dancing or outfits for Abu Dhabi audiences, then?
‘We don’t talk to artists about these things; we don’t impose on artists what they can and can’t do. That’s the art of the performer.’
So what does Madonna herself have to tell us about her show?
It’s a little under two hours long, and the choreography is entirely new,’ the star said recently. ‘I’ve been training to slack-line [a type of balance on a nylon rope] for the tour. There’s a lot of violence. I work out some aggression during the first part of the show, before it gets to the happy part.’ One word: immense.
This is the sixth year of Madonna Celebrate throwing a legendary event in the name of an icon, which has previously garnered acclaim in The Times 'Top 5 Clubs'. 2012 is set to be the best yet. 'We reckon it'll be a tad more fun than the real thing' The Guardian.
Backed up by a trio of the UK's leading pop club DJ's, the night will be hosted by alternative cabaret superstar, Jonny Woo. 'Like the bastard love child of Kenny Everett and Marlene Dietrich.' - The Sunday Times Style.
David Robson, resident at the historic G-A-Y/Heaven and fresh from playing with the Ministry of Sound with 'Example'. Prince Nelly, hot off the red carpet from playing a set at this year British Soap Awards. Also Kurt Hoffman, one of the founders of Madonna Celebrate and has worked at MTV and with music legends such as Soul II Soul and James Lavelle.
Included on the night is a special MDNA raffle to raise vital funds for the St Stephens Aids charity. All monies will go directly to our chosen charity who works very hard in the fight against HIV and AIDS. The first prize is the ultimate Madonna goodie bag filled with MDNA , W.E. & Truth or Dare promotional and rare items. All kindly donated by Polydor, Barbara Charone (Madonna's UK Publicist), Studio Canal UK, Coty Prestige and Live Nation.
ONLY 200 tickets will be available and go on sale 9am 12th June 2012.
Price £8 from Ticketmaster.
And stay tuned to madonnalicious for the chance to add your name to the guestlist, and enjoy a table for four in the VIP room with a bottle of champagne!
This is the core setup of Madonna's stage. Overnight on Friday 01 June all of the lighting, sound and video screens will be rigged to make what's set to be a spectacular show.
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Iconers! The wait is almost over...The opening show of Madonna's MDNA Tour is just days away!
Gotta find the perfect way to celebrate this special moment, right? Wait, we have 10 pairs of Golden Triangle passes waiting for you!
Already have field tickets for the Tel Aviv show (General admission or Golden Circle)?
Just visit Madonna's official website www.madonna.com for more information, entry form and rules (closing date is 11:59pm GMT on Monday 28 May 28).