1is October 2019 – Madonna : Madame X Tour – Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Brooklyn (2019)
You probably know already : Madonna offers a special tour this year! She abandons the large arenas to small theaters and occurs only in a few cities in the world such as London, Paris and New York 🌎. She is currently pursuing a residence 17 dates in Brooklyn that I was lucky to get a place in May through a lottery. I was not particularly excited by the format, but after seeing the first pictures of the show, I thought she had perhaps made the right choice!
A few days ago, we received an email from the production indicating that the concert would be late and all devices electronic be sealed at the inlet; so that everyone can make the most of the experience. That's why I did not do pictures / videos for this account. If you want to keep the surprise on the course of the show : skip to the end to the conclusion : there are very few spoilers!
The theater is 20 minute walk from home, which allows me to go at the last moment. Entering the room is fast. Agents scan my ticket, give me a little card with the number of my seat, and my phone is in a pocket Yondr where he will stay all night. I pass rapidly merchandising : There is no program yet, but I have the opportunity to buy a sweatshirt 350 $. Thank you, but no thank you 💁♂️ The room is a little less 3000 places : I'm orchestra, at 5e rank on the side : I am close to the stage, but I do not see any part of the decor. Certainly, I have not paid dearly, but I'm still pretty disappointed with the visibility. It is 9:30 p.m. ET wait begins, no phone 😬.
The red curtain displays a huge X. A group of 4 musicians on the scene to play a few songs with jazzy / Hispanic influences : it s & rsquo; comes to music fado. They do some traditional songs like "Les Feuilles Mortes", and some songs of Madonna including "Like A Virgin", « Who’s That Girl », « Don’t Tell Me » et « Secret ». People sing, there is a good atmosphere in the room. The wait again ... I can not tell you how long I actually expected. The excitement begins to rise when Maluma appeared in one of the lodges and that & rsquo; s announcement indicates that the show is about to start. Are you ready? 😊
A second message informs the ban on phones and other recording device inside the theater, and this is Madonna herself who is in charge! She welcomes us into the world of Mrs. X and tells us : « Don’t forget: none of this is real » (" And do not forget : none of this is real '). The curtain finally opens. We are faced with a screen. On the left, a dancer in suit and tie, on the right, in silhouette, a woman is typing a quote from James Baldwin ... Is this the famous Madame X? 🤔 L & rsquo; man stirs the rhythm of the keys of the typewriter. Regularly, a gunshot disrupts his choreography : he falls, rises, and the ride begins 🔫. He collapses one last time when the phrase appears : « Artists are here to disturb the peace » ("Artists are here to disturb the peace"). The message is clear.
The screen rises, and the singer appears on « God Control ». She wears a uniform colored and brilliant soldier. Looks like Napoleon 😂. We had seen most of its Costume photo on Instagram before the show, but it is a surprise. It is surrounded by a large number of dancers : some seem to be in his clan, the rebels : they appear to face another group, the police men. « Dark Ballet » starts and the atmosphere changes. The decor consists of white escalators, that double as projection media for movies. For the song « Dark Ballet », it is the image of Christ that is used in the background, and with him all the religious world. Madonna is surrounded by dancers with gas masks. She now wears a white dress, with paperwork (and bloodstains ?). It is difficult to distinguish what is written exactly.
The projections turn into flames and Madonna came to be adopted by the group of police. She's screaming « Damn to the patriarchy! » ("Cursed be the patriarchy! ») and is locked into one of the alveoli present in the structure. The title « Human Nature » starts in stride. Madonna multiplies gym exercises (pear tree, splits, etc.) inside his "cell". Shadow puppets projected on the parallel structure. I do not like this title ... The version is close to the original, although we note some jazzy elements brought by the musicians of the beginning. It finds also one d & rsquo; them to play the drums and many marks « I’m not your bitch! » that punctuates the end of the song. Spectators are euphoric ... They take much 😒.
She finally took the floor and we welcome! She is accompanied by her 2 younger : Esther star, and asks her 3e, Mercy, to join her to sing a piece of « Express Yourself » a cappella. She explains that this is the message it seeks to convey to his children. It is free and everyone calls her makeup and props. They meet on the intro « Papa Don’t Preach ». She is now hidden behind a dressing table and continues to talk as if nothing had happened while 3 assistants agitate for pimper 💅.
She puts a layer on banning phones (« You did not think you could do it, did you? » – "You did not think to be able to do it, hein ? »), and says she is pleased to have real faces before her. And since this is the beauty time : she asks when using his cosmetics line MDNA Skin. obviously, the audience replied yes, and the response was immediate : « Liars! » ("Liars! »). She then told us that the eyes are a window to the soul, but there is an even larger window… She spreads her legs and ad : « Ladies and gentlemen, this is what it’s like to have Mozart coming out of your pussy! » ("That ladies and gentlemen is it like to have Mozart comes out of your pussy ! ») 😅. She continues in the gritty wondering if you know the following joke : « What do you call a man with a small penis ? » ("How do you call a man with a small penis? ». Some shout Trump ... She says she has heard that, but in fact, she does not know the answer, because she never called a man with a small penis (**Ba Dum Tsss ** 🥁).
A video embarks on the dressing (a piece of furniture, no assistant). This is a clip that we saw the release of the album : the "Madame X Manifesto". After that, everything follows quite quickly. It is « Vogue » that starts : American film noir atmosphere 🕵️♀️. Madonna wears a blonde wig, a waterproof and lunettes noires. But it is not the only one! All dancers have the same outfit : there false Madonna on stage everywhere! I love the song, but I do not really benefit, because it interprets a party upstairs and I did not really come to see. On the other hand, which is very nice is it just relocate to the typewriter at the end of the title, and pretends to play the gimmick « Vogue » the camera buttons.
I have not yet spoken voice, but I think she sings most of the time live, and she masters her stuff : this is a nice surprise. The atmosphere is different for « I Don’t Search I Find », but it remains in the same universe. Imagine a city, by night, Madame X is pursued by the police! The escalators move on stage, we feel she is trying to escape, before being caught, and forcibly taken to the interrogation. The sequence is successful, This is Broadway, very theatrical.
She puts her raincoat and returns on the concept of Madame X, and all that it can be : a nun, a dance teacher, a teacher and even a whore! But ... Madame X is a holy 🙏 She decided to have the only official photo of the evening : a selfie of herself done Polaroid before our eyes. But beware : it's not free! It will auction it! I had read a lot about this sequence, but she really puts the forms and she does it with humor. She gets collared immediately by a guy in front of her : he offers the 5,000 $.
Wave surprise in viewers and even Madonna is a little surprised by the amount, and asks him to repeat. She picks up the tickets and account. Background, you hear the sound of a cash register ... it confirms the 5,000 $ and everyone applauded! It s & rsquo; asked about his name (Matthew) and his trade. He says he works for a gossip site : Extra. Exactly what he should not say to Madonna 😂 She asks him if that's what she thinks and says she's OK with that, because life will return him the ball in time 😬. She thanked him for all once again for his generosity and the entire world applauded. It also specifies that the money is for the Raising Malawi organization and not for her! She wonders if she will not need a jar for the next dates, for it a little galley to bring them backstage tickets each night.
It then moves on to a course extract « Papa Don’t Preach ». Once again, on the edge, it is quite surprising and even seems pleased with her performance. Religious paintings are projected on the stage, it carries its eye cup – I can not tell you how long it has – I had not noticed before. She then took the floor to speak of American States who are against abortion. She said that the issue is not about being for or against, but it is simply the fundamental right to be able to do what we want her body; it requires the same rights for everyone! So she chose a title circumstance : « American Life » 🇺🇸. She is on guitar while the original video is broadcast images of the structure. The dancers in military fatigues. It is a moment that I loved! I had never heard the title battle and suddenly I'm very happy. The end of the song is punctuated by "Fuck it!"On which she insists heavily. She leaves are locked in one of the recesses and closes the door. This is the end of 2e acte you show.
The screen goes and hides the stage again. An ancient map appears, the sound of the ocean means… We see four sailors enter carrying a coffin at arms. Coffin on which the American flag. We hear women sing off, it seems to be a traditional farewell song in Portuguese. A drunk R&B just put some rhythm in the song. Video «Shoes» starts even as an exclusively female choir enters the room. The group through the aisles : the effect is very impressive, as they sing lustily 😍 The screen lifts, and we see that they installed a huge carpet of lawn chairs and a semicircular. Women will sit and Madonna appeared : she is beautiful ❤ She wears a black wig now, and a sort of holding violet coated polished stones. It's super suits him. This is for me the most beautiful costume show. So she sings «Shoes» with the choir aka. the best time of the evening 👏. I was really impressed with this sequence! Women also outline a few dance steps with Madonna. There is something very warm at that time.
This then the choir singer. She explains that this is the song that & rsquo; it prefers in the show, and it's been a great chance to meet in Portugal. She then commented on his experience there. She said she moved to his son David to play football and she loved this parenthesis : share life moments with local, to see his boy play football every Sunday, to drink, manger, swell! But in the end, she was still a little shit ... 😅
She laments a bit and told us to get out the violins (« Violins please! »). The problem is that everyone understands « Violence please! ». There is a huge white in the public, and I think that seeing the audience of heads in the first row, she understood that & rsquo; we had to reframe : « You just don’t get my sense of humor… Do you still don’t get it? After thirty fucking years ! » – "You still do not understand my sense of humor…. even after thirty years ?! »). She takes her son to party in the room, thanking him for having forced him to settle in Lisbon… Just because without him : it could not meet all these great artists with whom she worked.
She asked the audience if anyone knows what the word fado means in Portuguese. One of those shouts destiny. She replied that it was accurate and that it's nice to have a room with a high IQ; which unfortunately was not the case for the previous date 😂 So she said that it was probably his destiny to live in Lisbon and meet these exceptional artists… Dont Celeste Rodrigues, great Portuguese interpreter, now deceased, with whom she had the chance to sing.
She explains that introduced him to his little son, and he is here with her. It therefore invites the young man, Gaspard, join in. She chose a cover of the song "Fado Bonanza», accompanied on guitar by the boy. I am surprised by its accuracy 👍. It is not supported by any band or choir singer – I think that is clearly the tour on which she sings best. The audience is ecstatic! She goes on « Killers Who Are Partying ». The decor in the form of an old house of Hispanic family, it is superb. The whole company is present on stage : it's really warm and projections are very successful. You can also see a starry sky projected throughout the room. This is clearly not the song of the century, but the visual is stunning.
The sky becomes enlightened city « Crazy » on which the join dancers. She finds herself standing to dance on the piano, surrounded by her troop. At the end of the song, she sits on the & rsquo; instrument, exhausted, and performs a new song « Welcome to My Fado Club » in which it slides extract " The beautiful island " and of "Medellin". It's a time chill, like a sunset at the waterfront 🌅. She goes on a recovery Evora Cesaria : "Sodade». She is always sitting at the piano, and now plays guitar with everyone around her. This is a pretty sequence. I can not help thinking Broadway : the decor looks so real, and on whether croirait dans une comédie musicale. It is very successful.
Sprawled on the piano, she said that unfortunately the Fado Club is now far behind, but Madame X like change of place and should go a little further south ... Spectators shout him "Medellin" to which she replied that it sounds like a good idea! She is joined by the entire troupe dancing the cha-cha-cha. This is a moment that is very nice! Especially it passes 2m Me, going boogie in the aisles of the theater. The song ends and she holds her son David's arm, and asks the public to wish him his birthday. We therefore sings happy birthday. And, after offering a cake, she notices Maluma in the audience, and salvation warmly.
It will then sit next to a fan in orchestra. Her name is Gabriella, and has confidence : she has already seen the show 3 times! Madonna asked him some boats issues : what she does in life, if it has passions, etc. She seems a little taken aback by the very direct answers that gives women. I think she did not expect to run into someone with the same response, and she was taken by surprise because the girl was not impressed to 2 under 🙄.
She goes on stage « Extreme Occident ». I loved the piece. The stairs are multipart, they turn on themselves and seem to create paths. The screen is lowered again at the end of the song, and we find ourselves face to face with the dancer the show starts. Remember, the one that got shot. Imagine the sound of breathing, jerky, with dancer waving frantically to the rhythm of breath. Others come, and reproduce the same gestures rabid. then hear Madonna read a text : these are the words of "Rescue Me". Once scanning is complete, introducing « Frozen » started.
This is one of the highlights of the show. We see Madonna-through behind the screen. There are hardly what she wears. She is sitting in the dark, hair under a beige scarf. On the web are broadcast in black and white images of a contemporary dancer who turns out to be Lourdes, Madonna's daughter. The song was well received by the public. Arrangements are close to the original 1997 ❤.
Madonna disappears again, on the screen now sees images of a desert : the atmosphere is meant to clearly inspired by the Middle East. Cellist we had already glimpsed in the show comes to play a few notes before the curtain goes up and lets us discover the scenery on "How Aline». We must imagine something very colorful, with oriental designs that cover the entire projection surface. On the scene : the dancers, musicians and the choir is also back ... Madonna now wears a purple and gold kimono. The song ends with the chorus of women lined up before the spectators.
She then took the floor to talk about freedom, stating that it was the fight of his life. Whether the price is sometimes difficult, but she tried to walk in the footsteps of the greatest, and there, the drama : the blackout ! It seeks the name of James Baldwin, the texts of which illustrate the performance. This is one of the spectators who blows his name. She feels dumb clearly 😂 She explains that everyone does not work into the future, because people never learn from the past. What makes him the perfect introduction to « Future ».
She moved to the piano to perform the song in front of images of desolation, forest burning, of factories at full throttle : this version is a little less than reggae album. She is accompanied by two dancers who wear very strange masks. The screen new firm to project images of New York in black and white. We hear the sirens of the city and the sound of the typewriter ... When the curtain lifts, the atmosphere is totally different : it is « Crave », but remixed by Tracy Young. It is an atmosphere of ballroom 🕺 : plumes, flakes, neon suits, This is very different from what we've seen so far. And justly, it does not work very well ... I do not know if it is because it is very late and people are punctured, or because the number is missed, but it does not take. Madonna still wears the purple and gold kimono previous table, but with a kind of military cap this time.
At the end of the song, choirs engage in « Like a Prayer ». Madonna, hidden behind the group, appears dressed & rsquo; an immense toga. The decor now form a giant X on stage. It takes church paces : the light is very beautiful! original video extracts are also broadcast! She climbs the stairs and found the top of the structure : I have to contort myself to view 😒.
The red curtain closes, this is a reminder. When it opens again : the intro of the concert sequence we review, but the back this time. « I Rise » starts and you can see the images revolts until Madonna comes on stage with a costume recalling the military world. Her outfit is dark and dancers accompanying wear black pants and white shirts. It's a nice final. The company ended the fist raised before the spectators, while the gay flag appears gradually in the background. The show ends with Madonna and the whole troop through the public, the raised fist, singing the words to the song a cappella before screaming « Thank you, Brooklyn!!! » ✊.
I know, I promised to shorten the reports, but there was so much to say on this show it was complicated to make shorter. I walked out of the room a little angry, because of the placement, but my disappointment was soon soaring. What to say in conclusion? The show is not perfect, but I had a great time : especially during the part where she talks about her life in Portugal. I found it really natural and warm 😍. She touched me in some way – because we are accustomed to see play the role of bitch… It seems to have really made an effort to appear in a different light.
Regarding the setlist : if you enjoy the album, you can go there with eyes closed! She sings almost everything and honestly : it made me appreciate the titles I did not like before! Won bet on it 👍. After, I still think the concert lack of old songs, and then good, the "Human Nature" and other "Like A Prayer" : we slap them on all tours, I would have liked to hear a bit more rare things. It was an opportunity which ... Musically, no surprise : arrangements are modeled on the album versions. Here again, real musicians might have brought something extra.
I liked the staging that sometimes reminds Broadway. The simplest tables are the most beautiful in my eyes («Shoes», « Frozen », etc.). No need to get the big guns to make it visually striking. At level costumes, I focused on those of Madonna if not original, are more successful. Special mention for the purple dress in which she is beautiful 😍.
It does not at all out of place in this intimate setting : I have read many testimonies which say embarrassing, but for me, This is not the case. It interacts a lot with the public and with humor. The texts are probably the same every night, but there is still a semblance of humanity that emerges and that is nice to see. We feel that it does something that pleases!
I would go see the show to enjoy the stage - I do not know if it will be possible, but I intend to try! I will complete this account regularly with items that will have to avail (photos, videos, etc.). Waiting, I invite you to join me on social networks and find the items I have already devoted to Madonna, of Confessions Tour at Rebel Heart Tour, it's here : #Madonna.
Setlist : God Control / Dark Ballet / Human Nature / Express Yourself (A cappella) / Vogue / I Don’t Search I Find / Papa Don’t Preach / American Life / sHOES / Fado Bargain / Killers Who Are Partying / Crazy / Welcome To My Fado Club / The beautiful island / sodade / Medellin / Extreme Occident / Frozen / Come Alive / Future / Crave (Tracy Young Remix) / Like A Prayer / I Rise
extracts " Madame X Tour "