Contrary to a previous report, pop icon Madonna will not play the Witch in the Royal Albert Hall’s gala benefit performance of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Into the Woods, which will be presented on Sunday, October 22nd at 3 PM and 7:30 PM.
Into the Woods will star Joanna Riding as Little Red and Olivier Award-winner Laura Michelle Kelly (Mary Poppins) as Cinderella. Other previously announced cast members include Anita Dobson and Vinnie Jones.
More casting is expected to be announced in a few days.
source : broadway world
Private meditation with a leader of the 1989 Velvet Revolution helped inspire Madonna Thursday before the pop star strutted onstage for her Prague concert. Vaclav Havel, a former Czech president and communist dissident, joined Madonna backstage for a “small, private prayer just between her and her people” before the Wednesday night show at a Prague arena, Havel spokesman Jakub Hladik told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa Thursday.
“Madonna doesn’t usually meet with people before a concert, but Vaclav Havel was the exception,” Hladik said.
The meditation focused on “the humanistic mission which she tries to promote,” he said, adding that compared with similar Madonna warmups “it lasted longer than usual.”
Hladik said that “so far we haven’t heard” whether Havel’s meeting with the controversial singer bothered religious leaders.
But before Madonna arrived for the Wednesday and Thursday shows – her first appearances in Prague – – Czech church leaders joined others in Europe this summer by objecting to her crucifixion stage prop and crown of thorns.
A spokesman for the head of the nation’s Roman Catholics, Cardinal Miloslav Vlk, called the show “entirely unacceptable.”
“It is most undignified that millions can be earned these days through contempt for the Christian faith,” he said.
No clergy participated in the backstage meditation, which ended when Havel presented two of his books to Madonna as gifts, Hladik said.
Since the Czech Republic overthrew communism in 1989, Havel has befriended several big names in music including Lou Reed, Mick Jagger and Michael Jackson. He often attends major rock-music events in Prague and, before retiring in 2003, entertained some at Prague Castle.
source : raw story
The overcrowded Sazka arena in Prague, a multipurpose hall for 17,000 viewers, has hailed U.S. pop music megastar Madonna who gives her ever first concert in the Czech Republic today, an event that had been widely awaited as exceptional long in advance.
The singer, clad in black, let herself down in a giant ball right on a platform amid the excited fans, opening the concert with Future Lovers, a hit from her last year´s album Confessions On A Dance Floor.
Like at her previous concerts abroad, she was wearing a big cross on her chest and a headdress shaped as a crown of thorns. In Prague, too, she sang tied to a large cross.
This style has displeased the church circles all over the world, including Czech Christians.
Madonna´s Prague concert is a two-hour impressive show including more than twenty songs, mostly ones from her latest album, Confessions On A Dancefloor.
She is accompanied by some twenty musicians and dancers. She changes her costumes several times during the evening.
The audience today includes many well-known persons, such as former Czech President Vaclav Havel and his wife.
In reaction to the great interest of Czech fans, Madonna will give another concert in Prague on Thursday.
source : prague monitor
For two charity performances, pop icon Madonna will take on the role of the Witch in the Royal Albert Hall’s gala benefit performance of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Into the Woods, which will be presented on Sunday, October 22nd at 3 PM and 7:30 PM.
Into the Woods will also star Joanna Riding as Little Red and Olivier Award-winner Laura Michelle Kelly (Mary Poppins) as Cinderella. Other previously announced cast members include Anita Dobson and Vinnie Jones.
With music and lyrics by Sondheim and a book by Lapine, Into The Woods “combines classic fairy tales into a story about ‘the complications of living in modern society and the difficult choices we encounter on the paths of our lives’. The stories – including Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood, and Rapunzel – are joined with a new creation; the tale of The Baker and His Wife,” according to Royal Albert notes. The show premiered on Broadway in November 1987 and ran for 765 performances at the Martin Beck Theatre. Lapine and Sondheim–as well as actress Joanna Gleason–won Tonys for their work.
Peter Penny and Paul Savident will produce the event for The Childrens’ Society.
The chameleonic Madonna has been a cultural icon for over two decades. A multi-Grammy Award-winner, she has sold more than 200 million albums worldwide. Her stage credits include Speed-the-Plow on Broadway, as well as (more recently) Up for Grabs in London. She also won acclaim for taking on the title role in the 1996 film version of Evita, and previously performed songs by Sondheim in Dick Tracy. Other film credits include Swept Away, The Next Best Thing, Body of Evidence, Shadows and Fog and Desperately Seeking Susan.
source : broadway world
The first 15 lorries with equipment for Madonna’s Moscow concert arrived. The trailers brought stage decorations and a part of light equipment from Hanover to the capital. In total there is more than 200 tons of equipment. Despite the long and hard way, the workers started unloading immediately. The decoration’s assemblage has already started.
Ticket exchange to the concert of pop star Madonna is going on in the Luzhniki, Interfax reports. One can exchange tickets in one place only: in the Luzhniki ticket office, where five windows will be working. Only tickets to stands will be exchanged.
There will be entrance to the dance floor with the same tickets, where the date “September, 11″ and the site “Vorobyovy Hills” are indicated. It is worth reminding that Madonna’s concert is to take place at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on September, 12. At the same time, architect Nodar Kancheli, the designer of the Luzhniki roof and the bad known Transvaal Park, does not exclude an opportunity of the roof collapse during Madonna’s concert. The architect reminded the famous law of physics. Under the law, a construction is collapsed if audio-signals frequency coincides with its own oscillation frequency. Kancheli stated that on air of “Ekho Moskvy” Radio. Nevertheless, Kancheli noted it might not happen in reality. The stadium had stood concerts of groups using much lower and tougher sound than Madonna. In particular, the Luzhniki survived the concerts of the Prodigy and Nazareth.
source : newslab
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20 (16) Madonna – Get Together
32 (34) Madonna – Sorry
38 (50) Madonna – Hung Up
Dance Radio Airplay :
15 (14) Madonna – Get Together
Hot Dance Singles Sales :
04 (05) Madonna – Get Together
08 (09) Madonna – Sorry
10 (11) Madonna – Hung Up
Top Music Video :
— (31) Madonna – I’m Going To Tell You A Secret
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An estimated 2,500 Madonna fans braved the rain to exchange their out-of-date concert tickets at Luzhniki stadium on Wednesday, six days before the pop diva’s debut gig in Moscow.
The concert — originally scheduled for Sept. 11 at Vorybyovy Gory — was moved back a day by organizers and switched to the 84,000-seat stadium for security reasons.
Ticket holders began lining up more than two hours before the Luzhniki ticket windows opened at noon, but after the initial rush, the line did not exceed 100 people throughout the day.
Though some fans complained that their new seats were not as close to the stage as the seats they had for the original venue, most were simply relieved to get a ticket.
“We’re not happy about our new seats. We originally had tickets for the dance floor,” said Vika, 21, a Madonna fan who was placed 33 rows away from the stage at Luzhniki.
“But we’re so happy to be able to see Madonna; we’ve waited so long,” said her friend Yulia, 19. The pair was looking forward to Madonna’s controversial crucifixion scene, which has spurred protests across Europe this summer.
A number of Orthodox Christian groups have called for the cancellation of the concert because of the scene.
“We’re afraid [of protests], of course, but we would do anything to see Madonna,” Yulia said.
A smartly dressed man who asked not to be named said he had arrived from St. Petersburg on Wednesday morning for the swap, but was left waiting for hours while staff inspected his original ticket.
“They think it’s not a genuine ticket,” he said.
Ticket scalpers outside the stadium were offering seats at the concert for 10,000 rubles ($375).
The stadium’s ticket offices will be open through Monday for ticket holders to exchange their old tickets, from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.
source : moscow times