She arrives by giant disco ball, which opens like a glittery spaceship. Out steps Madonna, done up as a horsewoman, to whip up excitement at London’s Wembley Arena.
She earns the adulation in Madonna: The Confessions Tour. The DVD, which will be out Tuesday, serves as an important reminder. Madonna may make headlines for controversies, from adopting an African boy to hanging from a cross in the concert. She may keep reinventing her image to stay in the public eye.
Yet what matters most is that Madonna remains an electrifying entertainer, a determined singer and a tireless dancer.
NBC edited that “Live to Tell” segment, which Madonna performed on a cross, when the network aired this special in November. She could be seen wearing a crown of thorns as she issued a heartfelt plea to remember the 12 million African children made orphans by AIDS. The concert quotes the Bible to reinforce that plea.
NBC did her a favor, actually, because “Live to Tell” takes a splashy show in a jarring, serious direction. The DVD allows you to judge for yourself by giving you Madonna uncensored.
The special, shot with 15 cameras, provides an eye-popping record of two concerts from August. Madonna’s razzle-dazzle showmanship echoes Cecil B. DeMille, Bob Fosse and even Steven Spielberg.
You want a light show? Madonna gives you one on “Future Lovers,” which opens the concert, and another on “Ray of Light.” Her pride in her dancers comes through in the showcases “Jump,” “Sorry” and “Hung Up,” the rousing finale.
Fans should be dazzled by the mix of videos, lighting and dancing. Maybe she’ll win a few new admirers.
In the end, this concert DVD buttresses her status as the hardest-working woman in show business.