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Madame X Tour – Rolling Stone Review

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.

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Madame X Tour – Billboard Review

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). read more →

Dennis Rodman Says Madonna Offered Him $20M to Get Her Pregnant

Basketball Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman was involved in a high-profile relationship with singer Madonna during the 1990s, and two decades later, he has shared some of the wildest details from their time together.

During an interview on 105.1’s The Breakfast Club, Rodman claimed that Madonna once offered him $20 million to impregnate her (starting around the 11:43 mark).

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Site Updates

September 20
Rebel Heart Album page is now online.
September 19
Madame X Album page is now online.
September 18
I Rise page is updated with official remixes, single formats etc.
Crave page is updated with official remixes, single formats etc. read more →

Madame X Tour Costume Sketch

Madonna’s Madame X Tour costume by Francesco Scognamiglio

Madonna's Madame X Tour costume by Francesco Scognamiglio

Madame X Tour Credits

SHOW
Created and directed by Madonna
Jamie King – Creative Producer
Megan Lawson – Co-Director and Lead Choreographer
Damien Jalet – Creative Advisor
Luigi Murenu & Iango Henzi – Creative Consultants
Carla Kama – Associate Creative Producer
Tiffany Olson – Associate Creative Producer
Stephanie Roos – Associate Creative Producer
Al Gurdon – Lighting Designer
Stufish Entertainment Architects – Set Design read more →

Photos: Madonna in New York (September 18 2019)

Madonna photographed in New York City (September 18 2019)

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Madame X Tour – New York Times Review

Madonna Is Still Taking Chances

Her Madame X show reimagines pop spectacle for a theater stage, merging her newest music and calls for political awareness with striking intimacy.

“I’m not here to be popular. I’m here to be free,” Madonna declared to a packed, adoring audience on Tuesday night at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Howard Gilman Opera House. It was the premiere of her Madame X tour, named after the album she released in June that she has said was influenced by the music in Lisbon, her adopted home. The show follows her decades of arena spectacles by scaling the same kind of razzle-dazzle — dancers! costumes! video! choir! — for a theater stage.

Unlike jukebox musicals or “Springsteen on Broadway,” Madame X is a concert focusing on new songs and the present moment. In other words, Madonna is still taking chances. She will reach arena-size attendance in only a handful of venues on the eight-city tour, but with much longer engagements; the Gilman Opera House holds 2,098, and she booked 17 shows there, through Oct. 12. Onstage, “selling” a selfie Polaroid to an audience member who happened to be Rosie O’Donnell, she claimed, “I’m not making a dime on this show.”

Concertgoers arrived to what was billed as a phone-free experience. Cellphones and smart watches were locked into bags at the door, though quickly unlocked afterward. It helped prevent online spoilers; it certainly removed the distractions of waving screens. (No photography was permitted, including press.)

Yes, she is 61, but her music remains determinedly contemporary, with the drum-machine sounds of trap, collaborations with hip-hop vocalists (Quavo and Swae Lee, shown on video) and the bilingual, reggaeton-flavored Latin pop sometimes called urbano (with the Colombian singer Maluma, also shown on video). The concert, with most of its music drawn from the “Madame X” album, was packed with pronouncements, symbols and enigmatic vignettes to frame the songs. Madonna often wore an eye patch with an X on it, no doubt a challenge to her depth perception as a dancer. read more →

Madame X Tour Setlist

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Photos: Madonna at BAM (September 17 2019)

Madonna photographed while arriving at the BAM Theatre in NYC for her Madame X Tour

Madonna arriving for Madame X Tour
Madonna arriving for Madame X Tour

Madame X Tour – 2 New Miami Shows added

(Tuesday, September 17, 2019). 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 (10 am local time). read more →

Madame X Tour – 2 New Paris Shows added

(Monday, September 16, 2019). – Paris, France. 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. read more →