Madame X Tour
It's a Monday night and about an hour before I am ready to leave to go see the final night of Madonna's takeover of the Wiltern for her "Madame X" show I get a text from her publicity firm telling me the show is running late due to technical issues and not to arrive at the venue until 11.
Of course the late starts have become a very public issue for an otherwise very private show, where no phones are allowed and you are transported into her incredibly elaborate and unique world. Someone even attempted to sue her for the late starts.
She addressed that during a speech on the theme of the show, "Artists are here to disturb the peace," quoted from, as she put it, "The great James Baldwin." In the speech, as she talks with the audience about fighting for freedom she warns them you won't always be popular, you won't always have the most Instagram followers and you won't always be on time because being a freedom fighter takes time.
"Madame X" is Madonna at her best, unapologetic, uncompromising, unyielding and in complete control. She isn't going to apologize for not finishing until 1:30 on a Monday night. And hell I saw Prince many times where he didn't even take the stage until two. Rock stars, or in the case of Prince and Madonna, pop stars with rock star swagger, adhere to their own rules. And that's what makes them special and why we love them. It is the attitude and their ability to express and do the things we wish we could but often aren't allowed to.
Madonna can start a show after 11 on a Monday. For most people you can't just say, "F**k it," as she does in the show, "I'll start work when I want." This said if you are going to keep people out until two on a Monday night you better have the show to back it up.
"Madame X" is a revelation. It is, in its own way, as revolutionary in live performing as Vegas residencies were when everyone like Rod Stewart, Barry Manilow and others started doing those years ago. "Madame X" feels like a play thanks in large part to the incredible projections that act as another character. It is performance art, and brilliant performance art with a message.
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Katy Perry attended one of Madonna’s critically-acclaimed Madame X shows last night and kissed the queen of pop’s ring in tribute. We’d have done the same, to be honest.
In a video posted to Madonna’s Instagram account, Katy is seen having the time of her life at the show in LA’s Wiltern Theatre. Then, Madonna is seen approaching Katy and asking ‘is this an empty seat right here? Do you mind if I sit there? As you can see I do need to sit down.’ The two then reminisced about their relationship and ‘knowing each other’, with Katy, 35, reminding Madge, 61: ‘I’ve put my heel on you before.’ ‘I think I sucked on your heel,’ replied Madonna. Always the provocateur - hope she never changes.
After Madonna asks to swig some of Katy’s beer, Katy - who recently released new single Harleys in Hawaii - then quipped ‘we probably have all the same STDs.’
Katy has cited Madonna as having an influence on her career.Afterwards, Katy paid tribute to her hero, saying: ‘You are the queen,’ before kissing the two rings on her left hand and praising her support of women, to cheers from the audience. All in all, a pretty heartwarming moment. Despite the STD chat.
Madonna of course released her 14th studio album Madame X earlier this year. It reached number one on the US albums chart and number two in the UK. She has sold over 300 million records worldwide. She’ll bring her Madame X tour - comprised of 90 shows around the globe - to London in January, where she will play a residence at the London Palladium. The set list includes 25 songs old and new. We can’t wait.
Madonna's rarely-seen sister Melanie was recently spotted in a clip shared to the singer's Instagram account, as the siblings joined together for a group prayer, amid Madonna's Madame X Tour. In the clip, Madonna and her team are preparing for a show, and they've all gotten together for a pre-show warm-up and prayer. Madonna introduces Melanie, saying, "Ladies and gentlemen, I'm so happy to have in this room right now, in this sprayer circle, and in this audience tonight... my sister Melanie."
Madonna also introduced Joe Henry, who is Melanie's "incredibly talented, wonderful, lovely" husband who is an "amazing singer, songwriter, artist, producer, human being." The singer went on to reveal that she has "written a lot of amazing songs with" Joe.
Fans of Madonna are suing the 'Material Girl' over the increasingly late start times for her Madame X Tour, according to legal documents obtained by TMZ.
Both Madonna and events promoter Live Nation were named in a class-action lawsuit filed by Nate Hollander after the Florida ticketholder claimed he lost money when the pop icon pushed back the start time of her concerts from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
The lawsuit alleges Madonna has had issues with punctuality during her current ongoing tour, routinely making concertgoers wait two hours longer initially scheduled.
Hollander claims he had bought three tickets for $1,024.95 in August for Madonna’s Dec. 17 concert in Miami Beach, which at the time of purchase was slated to start at 8:30 p.m., TMZ reported.
The lawsuit maintains that Hollander’s tickets lost considerable value after the singer delayed the start time of her remaining shows by two hours. Hollander said he'd purchased three tickets for the Tuesday night show, but was denied a refund after she switched her start times to 10:30 p.m.
Hollander, who has since assembled a group of similarly angry Madonna fans for his class-action suit, claimed the start time was too late because most concertgoers have work early the next day, TMZ reports.
Meanwhile, entertainment news website Wonderwall reports that more than 500 refunds were issued following Madonna’s scheduled 10:30 p.m. Thursday night show at the Caesars Palace Colosseum in Las Vegas. She did not come onto the stage until after midnight, and the concert did not end until close to 3 a.m., according to the entertainment news outlet.
The class-action lawsuit is pursuing the 'Like a Virgin' singer for damages.
From Fox Business
After touring arenas and stadiums for much of the last four decades, Madonna is experimenting with a new format for her live shows, playing mini-residencies in theaters around the world.
The Madame X Tour kicked off with a sold-out 16-show run at Brooklyn’s Howard Gilman Opera House (the theater is one of many facilities at BAM, the Brooklyn Academy of Music). Averaging less than 2,000 seats per night, Madonna played to intimate audiences over the span of a month. According to figures reported to Billboard Boxscore, the shows combined to gross $9.6 million and sold 31,401 tickets.
Broken out by month, Madonna’s nine shows in September grossed $5.5 million (17,708 tickets), followed by seven shows from Oct. 1-12 that earned $4.1 million (13,693 tickets). That averages out to $601,985 and 1,963 tickets per show.
Playing such intimate shows means that the extended stay at each venue is necessary in order to capture the wide-ranging audience that Madonna has previously been able to reach in just one or two shows per city. Her last venture in New York was a two-show stint at Madison Square Garden, where she grossed $5.2 million and sold 28,371 tickets on the 2015-16 Rebel Heart Tour. Further, she hit Yankee Stadium on Sept. 6 and 8, 2012, pulling in $12.6 million from 79,775 tickets - more than twice the attendance of her 2019 theater run, playing one-eighth of the shows.
Tickets for the new tour ranged from $757 on the high end to $50. Based on the New York stint’s final figures, the average ticket sold for $306.73 - a sharp increase from her career average of $115.81. For a more comparative look, excluding the 1980s and '90s before ticketing exploded in the new millennium, Madonna averaged $125.46 in the 2000s and $147.33 in the current decade. Averaging as many as 41,000 fans per night on the 2008-09 Sticky & Sweet Tour, Madonna had the flexibility of charging a more reasonable ticket. But with fewer than 2,000 tickets to sell each night in 2019, she’s experimenting with higher prices.
Though reports through Madonna’s 1993 The Girlie Show World Tour remain incomplete, the Queen of Pop has racked up an incredible $1.3 billion gross from 11.5 million tickets over 516 reported shows, making her the second highest-grossing soloist in the history of Billboard Boxscore (she is the highest-grossing female artist, while Bruce Springsteen is No. 1 overall).
The Madame X Tour continues with seven dates in Chicago through Oct. 28, followed by multi-show runs in six additional U.S. cities and three European legs. With about 75 shows to go, smart math projects the tour to wrap in the $50 million-$55 million range. But as many of the upcoming venues are larger than the theater at BAM (Chicago Theatre holds 3,500 and The Colosseum at Caesars Palace tops 4,000 seats), the final gross could stretch past $60 million before its March 8, 2020, close at Paris’ Le Grand Rex.
With the highly specialized visual and production elements, Madonna’s Madame X Tour at The Wiltern in Los Angeles will now begin on Wednesday, November 13. The additional nine performances November 14, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 23, 24 and 25 will proceed as scheduled.
Due to scheduling limitations, we are unfortunately unable to reschedule the November 12th date. Patrons who purchased tickets for that performance will be automatically refunded. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Just one day after hanging out with Jonathan Van Ness, Taylor Swift linked up with another member of the Queer Eye cast.
The pop star, 29, was joined by the show’s culinary expert, Antoni Porowski, at Madonna’s final Madame X theater tour show in Brooklyn on Saturday.
Swift documented the fun outing with a selfie of her and Porowski, as well as other friends, on her Instagram Story, praising the 'Like a Prayer' singer for putting on an incredible performance.
'Thank you Madonna for an outstanding show,' she wrote. 'Shout out to the phenomenal dancers, singers, musicians, set designers, crew, wardrobe, glam and M who gave it EVERYTHING.'
The setlist for the show was packed with tracks from Madonna’s latest album, Madame X, but also included classics like 'Human Nature,' 'Vogue' and 'Like a Prayer.'
After multiple gigs at Brooklyn’s BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, the concert series will have a short residency at the Chicago Theatre in Chicago in late October, then another at Los Angeles’ Wiltern Theater in November.
Madonna herself has published this message about the Monday night show being postponed:
Its Hard for Madame ❌ to admit that she is also a human being made of flesh and blood and she must rest for the next 3 days to insure full recovery for her knee.
I am not a quitter. This hurts me more than you can imagine. Its time to take those heels and fishnets off for a few days! 👠. Thank you for your understanding. ♥️. See you very soon !! #recovery #madamextheatre #nevergiveup #ongod
Its Hard for Madame ❌ to admit that she is also a human being made of flesh and blood and she must rest for the next 3 days to insure full recovery for her knee. I am not a quitter. This hurts me more than you can imagine. Its time to take those... https://t.co/JoicIGgM4k pic.twitter.com/BEOWGUOSMd— Madonna (@Madonna) October 7, 2019
Unfortunately, Madonna’s Madame X concert Monday evening at BAM Howard Gilman Opera House is postponed.
Madonna is currently dealing with a knee injury and has been advised rest for the next three days to assist in her recovery.
Fans are encouraged to hold onto their tickets pending information on rescheduling.
The Madame X concerts this Thursday, October 10th and Saturday, October 12th are expected to proceed as scheduled.
We regret the inconvenience to fans. Thank you for understanding.
With highly specialized production elements, Madonna’s Madame X Tour date originally slated for Tuesday, October 15th at the Chicago Theatre will now be rescheduled to Monday, October 28th becoming the last date in the 7-show run in this city. There is no change to the performances scheduled for October 16, 17, 21, 23, 24 and 27.
Tickets for the October 15th performance will be honored at the October 28th event. Refunds if required will available via the original ticket purchase link accessed either via desktop or mobile.
Also, the show originally slated for Thursday, October 31st at the Golden Gate Theatre in San Francisco will be rescheduled to Tuesday, November 5th. There is no change to the performances scheduled for November 2 and 4.
Patrons who purchased for the originally scheduled October 31st event will receive tickets with the new performance date of Tuesday, November 5th. Fans who are unable to attend the November 5th performance and prefer a refund, please email email@example.com and include your order # or call BroadwaySF at 888 746 1799. We apologize for any inconvenience.
On Thursday night the Madame X Tourbook was finally available to buy, madonnalicious reader Rob sent in pictures of the tourbook and this report from the show.
Hi there-wanted to give you a quick update on tonight's show. It started at 11pm, ended around 01:30. Sighted in one of the box seats: downtown nightlife personality Amanda LePore.
Madonna's 4four kids from Malawi all appeared in the show, including David Banda who made a cameo during Medellin. Show was flawless. Madonna sounded great, all were on point.
There was an emotional moment during the section where she sits down next to an audience member in the front row. Madonna joined Oklahoma native Kevin for a mid-show chat and he opened up to her about how her music meant to so much to the people who died from AIDS and then he opened up about how her music helped him through difficult times. She gave Kevin a big hug and seemed genuinely touched.
The other big news is that this show was the first night that the concert program book was on sale ($40) and it is FANTASTIC. There are pages and pages of beautiful photographs, some cut-out dolls, a set of 4 Madame X postcards in an envelope attached to the inner back page, as well as a full page of credits of the crew on the tour.
Madonna’s ‘Madame X’ residency in New York: a colourful riot of rebellion, politics, and high camp theatrics
The queen of pop's intimate Brooklyn residency is powerful, empowering, stunning - and one of the best gigs of the year
Madonna has always done what she wants. Roll around the VMAs stage in a wedding dress? Of course. Forego a traditional record deal and sign up with a promoter instead? Sure thing. Skip merrily from sound to sound, even when people tell her she’s “too old” to make whatever genre she dabbles in next? Absolutely. So when Madonna decides to not put herself out on a typical tour - a different arena every night, the whole thing done and dusted in a matter of weeks – you go right ahead and book her residencies in different venues across the globe, allowing her to perform for weeks on end, in one location, in rooms far smaller than anyone in 2019 has any legal right to witness her in.
Pop’s most rebellious star does just as she pleases during the first round of the ‘Madame X’ world tour at the plush Howard Gilman Opera House too. You might expect the world’s biggest pop stars to have their audience out the door by 11pm but, by the time the clock strikes that hour in Brooklyn, Madonna’s only just come on stage. Not that anyone minds - there are a few outbursts of impatient claps and cheers in the time leading up to her arrival but the overriding atmosphere in the venue is one of pure excitement as people - in their finest gowns, tuxes, and vintage Madonna merch - sip wine from plastic beakers and hover in the select zones were phone use is allowed (all mobiles are locked in pouches for the entirety of the show).
The late start is immediately worth it. The show is a mind-blowing riot of theatrics and powerful political messaging, opening with a quote from James Baldwin being banged out onto a screen laid over the stage by a silhouetted woman at a typewriter. Each key press thuds like a gunshot and is accompanied by a dancer jerking and flinching as if he’s been hit by a bullet. “Artists are here to disturb the peace” the message ends before the queen of pop emerges and launches straight into the autotune-heavy anti-gun anthem ‘God Control’.
Later, a man wearing a gas mask sits down to play a piano, from the top of which Madonna is dragged by two dancers dressed as truncheon-waving policemen while she screams “Death to the patriarchy!” Women’s rights are a constant theme throughout the show, from the moment she’s joined on stage by a host of women - including daughters Stella, Estere and Mercy James - to chant “I’m not your bitch” to her, changing the lyrics of ‘Papa Don’t Preach’ to “I’m not keeping my baby”.
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madonnalicious is pleased with the no-phone rule. Previous tours have seen me being focussed on getting pictures for this site, now I can just be selfish and enjoy the show for me! (although I would like to have my phone available to keep occupied while waiting for Madame X to arrive!).
Madame ❌ so appreciates all who came to the theatre and enjoyed the show with their. eyes and ears only——However she is mystified and bewildered that their are others who refuse to honor her wishes and continue to sneak in recording devices or tear... https://t.co/u2c8CYhhbL pic.twitter.com/ZnuoASc4T1— Madonna (@Madonna) September 21, 2019
Madonna has never shied away from taking chances. Thirty years after she set fire to the Eighties with the disco basilica Like a Prayer, she’s as gloriously weird as ever. Hence her excellent new Madame X tour, a testament to the genius in her madness. Instead of a full-blown tour, she’s doing these shows as residencies in intimate venues, starting with 17 nights at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Howard Gilman Opera House. The tiny rooms are the perfect place for Our Lady to strut her stuff. Like her Madame X album, the show is messy, but anyone who’s scared of a mess should avoid Ms. Ciccone entirely, because as any fan knows, her weirdness is where she finds her greatness.
The show follows Madonna’s adventures around the globe. “Everybody knows I moved to Lisbon to become a soccer mom,” she said on Thursday night. “I found myself alone, without friends, a little bit bored.” So after too many Sundays at her son’s soccer games, she started going out to Lisbon clubs and flipped for Portugal’s fado rhythms, which got her creative juices flowing again. As she announced, “From now on, I’m Madame X and Madame X loves to dance!”
The show started extremely late - she didn’t go on until nearly 11 p.m., which she kept joking about all night. “Forgive me if I kept you waiting too long this evening,” Madonna purred seductively, stretched out on top of a piano. “I don’t like to keep you waiting. But I have an injury. I have six kids. I have a LOT of wigs.” Then she had a couple of her dancers help her off the piano and improvised a pop melody: “I bet you had more sleep than meeee!” No rest for the wicked, indeed.
It was a cellphone-free show, with the audience’s phones locked into Yondr pouches that got unsealed at the end of the night. (Honestly, all shows should be this way.) Madonna kept mentioning how much she enjoyed looking into the audience and seeing our eyes as opposed to screens. “The eyes are the window of the soul. But there’s one window you’re forgetting.” She opened her legs, to a blast of orchestral music. “Ladies and gentlemen, this is what it’s like to have Mozart coming out of your pussy! I am one classy broad!”
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The press were finally allowed into the Madame X Tour on Thursday night and we now have the first pictures from the show...it looks amazing staging!
The joy of being a Madonna fan is that she’s a true artist, an incisive creative eye who embeds meaning and shades of emotional grey into her work; the other great thing about being a Madonna fan is that she’s an artist who also happens to be a pop star. So when she has something to say, it’s in the details, yes - but wait long enough and it’ll also be bludgeoned over your head.
“Freedom is the theme of this show,” Madonna told an enthralled, intimate crowd at the Thursday (Sept. 19) night show of her Madame X Tour at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. “And the theme of my life, for that matter.”
She might have explicitly spelled out her mission statement during the show, but when it kicked off just before 11pm ET, she eased into the theme with a characteristically unabashed mixture of high art and high camp. As a silhouetted typist hammered out a James Baldwin quote at a desk, a lithe dancer mimed dodging bullets, eventually succumbing to the barrage. After that, Madonna hit the stage, staring out from beneath a Revolutionary War-style tricorn hat as a battered American flag fluttered via video projection. There probably isn’t a more deliciously kitschy way to introduce a show speaking to what personal freedom - and danger - means to the America-born pop artist.
The first song, Madame X’s lush disco standout “God Control,” turned the focus from national mythology to personal history, demonstrating exactly where Madonna found her freedom - on the sweaty floors of New York City discotheques in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s - and how she sees it, quite literally, under fire (the gunshot-punctuated musical odyssey explicitly nods to the 2016 Pulse massacre).
From there, the Madame X Tour moves on to other freedoms she sees under duress: The freedom to act and the freedom to speak. With regards to the former, “Dark Ballet” found her playing out the persecution of Joan of Arc surrounded by a visually compelling mixture of Christian iconography and pagan pageantry, while a cool jazz take on “Human Nature” fulfilled the latter, allowing her the opportunity to tell off critics projecting their hang-ups on a woman who dares speak of sex without a coquettish blush (while treating the crowd to a spread eagle that would put Veronica and Charlie to shame).
In the midst of an a cappella “Express Yourself,” Madonna brought out three of her children - Stella, Estere and Mercy James - to shimmy with the dancers and read a few quotes of empowerment she’d provided for them. Later in the show, eldest daughter Lourdes arrived for the highlight of the evening, dwarfing even her mother. Well, only literally speaking. While stark, three-story-high footage of Lourdes dancing played on a translucent screen in front of her, Madonna delivered a soul-scraping rendition of her 1998 classic “Frozen.” Seeing the Queen of Pop, illuminated by a pinprick of light, engulfed in her daughter’s dancing was a visually stunning moment in an evening full of them.
Another unexpected setlist choice (well, at least for those who didn’t catch her incendiary Pride Island performance) arrived via “American Life,” the unjustly maligned title track from her 2003 album (which was more a victim of the politically paranoid era than any creative deficiency on her part). Her arms snaking above her head as she ran down the list of capitalist concessions that fail to satisfy, Madonna looked exceptionally invested during this glitchpop gem - probably because this is one throwback song she hasn’t delivered ad infinitum.
That fresh, loose (okay, loose for a notorious control freak like Madge) attitude permeated most of her Madame X songs -- which were the lion’s share of the setlist. Naturally, that was bad for anyone expecting a greatest-hits parade, but excellent for those open-minded enough to turn off their phones, their expectations and allow an artist they trust and adore the freedom to indulge in what’s getting her off at the moment.
After moving to Lisbon for her son’s soccer aspirations, she’s currently inspired by the music she heard there: Fado, morna, salsa and more. Aside from playing the Madame X tracks that dabble in those genres, her non-album original song “Welcome to My Fado Club” (mashed-up with “La Isla Bonita”) gave her a chance to moonlight as the beguiling hostess of a hole-in-the-wall Latin club, which - considering her affection for Golden Era Hollywood - is certainly within her wheelhouse. But unlike most ‘40s productions on a Beverly Hills lot, Madonna bothered to include the authentic talents she was paying homage to, bringing out Gaspar Varela, the grandson of fado singer Celeste Rodrigues (whom she sang with prior to the legend's 2018 passing), for several numbers, in addition to an all-female orchestra from Cape Verde for her rousing, thunderous Madame X highlight “Batuka.”
“I’m not worried about being popular,” Madonna told the crowd (which, to be fair, was hanging on her every word) near the end of the show. For the Madame X Tour, she means it. At BAM Thursday night, the would-be soccer mom was free of setlist demands, time constraints (she took the stage late and skillfully bantered with the audience as long as she felt like it) and the impersonal glow of an arena-full of cell phones desperate to capture a 30-second snippet for a social account.
The Madame X persona might be a spy, a teacher, a saint, a whore, a cha cha instructor and a mother, but she’s also something not listed in the album lines notes - she’s a more authentic version of Madonna Veronica Louise Ciccone than we’ve seen on stage in some time.
Madonna made the kickoff to her intimate Madame X theater tour a family affair.
For the first of her 17 shows Brooklyn’s BAM Howard Gilman Opera House in Brooklyn, the singer, 61, had three of her children - Mercy James, 13, and twin daughters Estere and Stelle, 6 - appear onstage to lead the sold-out crowd into a sing-a-long of Madonna’s 1989 anthem “Express Yourself.”
And during her performance of her 1997 classic “Frozen,” the Material Girl was joined by her eldest child, 22-year-old daughter Lourdes, who appeared digitally via a video projection, dancing to the song.
Also in the room were Madonna’s good friends Rosie O’Donnell, Anderson Cooper, Spike Lee and Debi Mazar. O’Donnell even factored into the show: When Madonna took a selfie with a Polaroid camera and offered it to the highest bidder in the room, the actress and comedian walked onstage to offer her cash.
For her Madame X tour debut, Madonna enforced a strict no-cellphone policy that had attendees seal away their devices in pouches that were unlocked at the end of the performance.
The only two photos from the tour that have been released were posted by the singer herself on her Instagram page. “Madame X thanks you for coming,” she captioned the shots showing her in a dark wig. “So Happy to finally have an audience!”
Madonna’s longtime manager Guy Oseary posted a backstage photo after the show, showing Madonna alongside filmmaker JR, O’Donnell, Mazar, Lee and Cooper. “The show was so good!! Congrats to the incredible Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone,” he captioned the pic. “You were amazing!!!”
The setlist leaned heavily on tracks from her latest album, but also included classics like “Human Nature,” “Vogue” and “Like a Prayer.”
The tour includes multiple shows at the BAM throughout September and October, plus a short residency at the Chicago Theatre in Chicago in October, then another at Los Angeles’ Wiltern Theater in November.
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👑 @madonna opening night show last night at Brooklyn’s BAM theatre of MADAME❌.. the show was so good!! Congrats to the incredible Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone. You were amazing!!! 🙌🏽 and congrats to everyone that was and is a part of making this show a reality.. a BIG special thanks to Sara Zambreno 👏🏼👏🏼 !!.. @jr @rosie @debimazar @officialspikelee @andersoncooper in the house .. #madameXtour
It turns out Madonna - the queen of re-invention - is human. She admitted last night during the first performance of her Madame X show at Brooklyn’s Howard Gilman Opera house: “The one thing I need is sleep. I’m tired.” She added that she could use a nap.
But the 61 year old pop icon didn’t show any signs of weariness last night as she launched this ambitious, complex production. The good news about Madonna’s Madame X show is that there is no bad news. Not really. So everyone can relax. There’s no incentive to throw tomatoes.
Quite the opposite: I was impressed, and I think anyone who stops into the Gilman will be surprised to find Madonna, in a stripped down setting, is actually real and just a celebrity hologram. She’s very endearing in an intimate venue. Also considering that this performance of “Madame X” was the very first, you have to give her credit. She’s producing a Broadway show in progress.
Indeed, if we come back to “Madame X” in a month, it’s going to be even more together, which isn’t to say it’s not a compelling two hour and fifteen minute entertainment now. But right now “Madame X” is like several Broadway shows happening at once. Most of it works, some of it doesn’t. It needs time to gel. The pieces are good, but they don’t all fit together yet. (The sets are Broadway-level, even better, with terrific lighting. The staging runs from elaborately ornamental to elegantly minimalist. There are excellent video projections, too.)
What we get theme wise are more than a few things: Madonna’s lifelong grappling with Catholicism; her adventures in Lisbon as a “soccer mom,” as she says; her discovery in Portugal of that country’s music and that of Cape Verde, off the coast of Africa; political Madonna, who is advocating for LGBTQ, women’s rights, abortion rights, and gun control. Plus modern dance, jazz and ballet, and even a dance video from Madonna’s daughter, Lourdes. That’s a lot of themes.
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You’ve never seen Madonna the way you’ll see her on the #MadameXTour - not at all what I imagined. A deliberate reinvention of Madonna On Stage. What a thrill to have been there for opening night!— David Russell (@17days) September 18, 2019
The #MadameXTour was beyond incredible. I was blown away by not only being that close to her but also the show itself. She redefined what a theater show could be in every possible Madonna way. It was a visual assault of the senses and it was perfect. I’m so lucky to have gone ❤️— Nathan Bohatch (@nathanbohatch) September 18, 2019
What a thrill it was to see @Madonna on opening night for her new show! A first time for both of us, it seems 😉. Not giving away spoilers, but I will say this: M, you MELTED MY HEART with your performance—thank you for letting us in so intimately and personally ❤️ #MadameXTour— Greg Bennett (@gabennett45) September 18, 2019
Tonight’s Madonna #MadameXTour launch cemented something I love about her that’s rarely celebrated: she’s fucking hilarious. She was so loose and funny tonight — whatever nerves she had, you couldn’t tell.— Nigel M. Smith (@nigelmfs) September 18, 2019
Madonna was like a virgin - shiny and new all over again.
In the first full concert of her sixth decade, the 61-year-old Queen of Pop ventured into unknown terrain, launching her “Madame X” theater tour at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Howard Gilman Opera House on Tuesday night. In a 37-year career playing arenas and stadiums, after rising up from the downtown New York club scene, she was still reinventing herself.
This - the first of her 17-night stand at BAM ending Oct. 12 - was indeed uncharted territory for a woman who has done it all. Playing in such an intimate space after all these years, though, the pop diva of all pop divas was adamant about you not sharing videos and pics of her so up close and personal.
Her no-cellphone policy required you to put your device in a pouch that wouldn’t allow you access to it until after the show or at designated phone stations outside of the theater.
The Material Mom of six has gone from “Papa Don’t Preach” to “Mama Don’t Play.” She can still out-diva any opera diva on the planet.
But as fans lined up around Fort Greene’s Ashland Place to get to the opera house entrance on Lafayette Street - no doubt slowed by having to put their phones in those YONDR pouches - it was the kind of New York scene befitting a New York icon. When it was announced that she wouldn’t even go on until 10:30 p.m. - despite the 8:30 start time on the ticket - fans didn’t even blink an eye.
They knew the drill: You wait until Madonna is ready.
When she finally took the stage around 10:45 p.m. to sing “God Control,” her anti-gun anthem from her “Madame X” album, some of her old fans who had been napping on their partners’ shoulders needed to heed the song’s call to “wake up” in a very literal sense.
But just as Madonna wanted to keep it old-school with her no-cellphone policy - which was refreshing and relatively painless - the night was also a concession to the fact that she is, well, older now.
That could be felt in her most throwback moment, when she took a Polaroid selfie of herself and sold it to old pal Rosie O’Donnell - her costar in 1992’s “A League of Their Own” - for a thousand dollars.
But it could also be measured in the fact that this theater tour is not just a creative curve in a career where every move has been calculated, but it’s a reimagining of herself as an artist at a time when she can no longer do the choreography-heavy work that arenas and stadiums would demand of her.
Let’s be real: There’s only so far Madonna had to walk from one side of the stage to the other at BAM.
As shrewd of an agent as Madame X - the spy alter ego she adopted for her latest album - is, she had her dancers do the heavy lifting for her. Instead, she emphasized the performance art that has always been a part of her concerts at the expense of the moves that she honed when dance teacher Martha Graham first coined her “Madame X.”
The setting and the sensibility turned up the theatrics of “Madame X” songs such as “Dark Ballet,” which, with its nod to Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker,” came to life in a way that made it dig into your soul more than the recording could. And make no mistake, this is a “Madame X” show. A good 80-85 percent of the two-hour-plus show is dedicated to her new album.
That won’t make this tour the go-to show for the casual Madonna fan, but diehards hardly seemed to mind that she only gave you bits of faves such as “Express Yourself” and “La Isla Bonita” while concentrating on “Madame X” tracks such as “Medellín,” “Crazy” and “Come Alive” - the latter of which did just that with a gospel flourish that set the stage for “Like a Prayer” later.
“Like a Prayer” and “Vogue” were the only two straight-up Madonna classics that she really performed in full. But the highlight was another Madge hit, 1997’s “Frozen,” that she did as her oldest child, 22-year-old daughter Lourdes, did the dancing on video projections to keep it in the family groove.
From New York Post / Chuck Arnold
The opening night of the Madame X Tour takes place tonight in New York City. To all our readers who are going to the show, have an amazing time and don't forget to tell madonnalicious all about it! Set-list, costumes, merchandise and your reviews and thoughts about the show.
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With the Madame X tour set to launch this evening, Live Nation is pleased to announce that due to demand, 2 additional Miami shows at the Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater have been confirmed on December 21st & December 22nd. These will be the only area dates to be added and tickets for both shows will go on general sale this Monday, September 23rd (10am local time).
ICON is Madonna's official fan club and Lifetime Legacy members of ICON will be eligible for a special presale for the newly announced dates starting Wednesday, September 18th (10am) through Friday, September 20th (5pm).
Citi® is the official credit card of the Madame X tour. As such, Citi cardmembers will have special access to tickets for the additional shows beginning Wednesday, September 18th (noon) through Friday, September 20th (5pm), all times local. For complete cardmember details visit www.citientertainment.com
The Madame X Tour starts tomorrow in New York City at the BAM Theatre. As we know phones/cameras will not be allowed inside the theatre, but that doesn't stop fans from sending in their thoughts and reviews from the upcoming shows.
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With the Madame X tour set to launch September 17th, Live Nation is pleased to announce due to demand 2 new dates in Paris to the series of rare and intimate performances of Madonna that will be held only in the most prestigious theaters of the whole world. In the historic hall of the Grand Rex: March 7 and 8, 2020 are added to the first twelve dates 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, 25 and 26, 27, 29 February, 1, 3 and 4 March 2020.
The Madame X Tour will kick off September 17th at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House in New York and will feature multiple nights of shows in each city including performances at the Chicago Theatre, the newly announced performances at the Golden Gate Theatre, The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, The Wiltern in Los Angeles, the Boch Center Wang Theatre in Boston, The Met Philadelphia and at the Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theatre in 2019. Madame X Tour continues in 2020 with multipe dates at the Lisbon Coliseum, The London Palladium and Le Grand Rex in Paris.
ICON is Madonna's official fan club. Legacy members will be eligible for a special presale for the newly announced dates starting Tuesday, September 17th (10am) through Thursday, September 19th (5pm).
Citi® is the official credit card of the Madame X tour. As such, Citi cardmembers will have special access to tickets for the additional shows beginning Tuesday, Wednesday Septembre 18th (10AM) through Thursday, September 19th (5pm), all times local. For complete cardmember details visit www.citientertainment.com
General onsale on all outlets on Friday September 20th at 10 AM.
madonnalicious reader DJ Johnny Blaze has sent in these pictures from the Madame X Tour Pop-Up Shop that is open in NYC from 13 Serptember to 19 September at 430 West 15th Street. Now bring this to London....please!
Brace yourselves people, Madonna, who’s been dictating make-up trends since the 80s when she graced our screens in the ‘Like A Virgin’ music video, is finally getting her very own make-up collection.
The music icon already has her own skincare line MDNA SKIN, which would set you back £302 for a face cream, but thankfully these products are slightly more affordable.
Teaming up with Too Faced, the brand famous for their Better Than Sex Mascara, the collection includes two make-up box sets, both inspired by Madonna’s stage looks from her hotly anticipated Madame X Tour.
The idea? To give fans their own piece of Madonna to take home and achieve the exact make-up looks Madge wears on stage. Anything that gets us a little bit closer to being Madonna is all good in our books.
Kit number 1, named ‘Medellin Set’, consists of a ruby red shade of Too Faced’s Melted Matte Liquified Long Wear Lipstick, a five part palette with four eyeshadows ranging from matte peaches to red shimmers and a baby pink blush. The set also includes the brand's Damn Girl! Mascara and Better Than Sex Liquid Liner.
Kit 2, named 'I Rise’ repeats the format but in soft dusty pink and rose gold shades.
Don't even get us started on the packaging. Needless to say, it's also pretty major, featuring the Madame X Tour logo with promo images of the queen herself. Make-up with Madonna on the front? We’re sold.
Whilst the exact prices haven’t been released yet we don’t expect it to come close to her skincare line. With average Too Faced prices ranging from £30-£40 for a decent-sized eyeshadow palette, we hope the Madonna collaboration will be along the same lines.
The collab officially drops tomorrow at the Madame X pop up shop in New York but lucky fans can also get their hands on it at the concert dates. Can all gigs have make-up merchandise from now on? Thanks.
From Elle.com / Via Yahoo! News
With the Madame X tour set to launch September 17th, Live Nation is pleased to announce that due to demand, a 7th and final Chicago show at the Chicago Theatre October 27th has been confirmed.
Additionally, to ensure fans in northern California don’t miss out, 3 San Francisco concerts - October 31, November 2 and November 4 have also been confirmed for the Golden Gate Theatre. These will be the only area dates to be added and tickets for shows in both Chicago and San Francisco will go on general sale this Friday, September 13th (10am local times).
ICON is Madonna's official fan club and Lifetime Legacy members of ICON will be eligible for a special presale for the newly announced dates starting Tuesday, September 10th (10am) through Thursday, September 12th (5pm). Legacy members, please read our detailed FAQ page.
Citi® is the official credit card of the Madame X tour. As such, Citi cardmembers will have special access to tickets for the additional shows beginning Tuesday, September 10th (noon) through Thursday, September 12th (5pm), all times local. For complete cardmember details visit www.citientertainment.com.
Fans may also access Madame X Tour VIP Packages which may include great ticket locations, exclusive backstage tour, photo opportunity on stage, VIP pre-show reception, limited edition Madonna gift item, fast pass access to designated VIP merch and concessions lanes, and more! . Additionally, fans can access Travel packages which include great ticket locations, exclusive merchandise, plus hotel accommodations and more! Complete VIP, Travel and ticketing information at www.ticketmaster.com
Madame ❌. Is almost ready..............thank you for your patience. 💫🙏♥️✨👠 🎭 pic.twitter.com/WNuaibRqdK— Madonna (@Madonna) September 6, 2019
Ticketmaster.com have added this announcement to their page stating that the Madame X Tour will be a phone-free experience for fans. Now if only the phone-case had a Madame X Tour logo on it...