This is Madonna’s Hamilton
MadonnaTribe reader Wil shares his experience from the opening night of Madonna’s Madame X theatre show at the Wiltern in Los Angeles.
I flew from the East Coast for the show. I attended it with my best friend from high school. We saw Madonna together on The Virgin Tour from the front row in ’85.
We arrived around 9:30 pm. Just walking up to the venue was cool with the marquee all lit up. The inside of the theater is beautiful and it took no time to get in or get out at the end of the show. No backed up lines at all. Not to get in, not to get a drink, not to buy merchandise. By the way, this is the best tour merchandise she’s ever had. I’m not usually a fan of her tour stuff, but I had to stop myself from buying too much. We had balcony seats and I never felt like I was far away from the show. I have 15th row in Boston, so I can’t wait to see this show from the floor.
Once you’re in the venue, there are plenty of cool places to just hang out. Even an area where they unlock your phone. Funny thing is, we took one phone out and took three pictures and locked it back up. We didn’t miss our phones one bit. Especially not during the show. The reason for the no phones is because this isn’t a pop concert, this is theater.
We went to our seats at 10:25 and there were musicians on stage playing her songs. Then the lights went down at 10:45 and the show began.
This is Madonna at her absolute finest.
She was stunning and she sounded amazing and the show is topical and it’s great and it’s art. I’m still on cloud nine thinking about what I experienced last night and I’m so excited I get to see it one more time. And the best part is Madonna is going to walk right by us when she exits the stage Boston. We have the end seats in the back row of the second Orchestra section. And Rodney will be holding up the Cape Verdean flag. She celebrates Cape Verdeans and the people from Lisbon who all contributed to the tour and the album. And I have no doubt she will notice Rodney’s Cape Verdean flag. As I said in my earlier post in this political climate this is the show that we need. Thank you Madame X for exceeding every one of my expectations.
I’m really excited for Boston. My husband is half Cape Verdean and he’s taking a flag from his country. She walks right by us as she exits the venue during I Rise. And she will have already did a shout out asking who in the audience is from Cape Verde. This is so exciting for him, as I am sure she will acknowledge him on her way out as she does interact with fans.
I think her experience in Vegas were here wake up call. The negativity, shouting for refunds and her not being in control of the room may have knocked her down a few notches. Because from the moment she hit the stage to the moment she left, she was in love with the audience. She was funny, engaging and she seemed very grateful. Having been a fan since 83, I can honestly say I’m proud of her.
This is a great show. I’ve been with her this whole ride and she continues to set the precedence for how pop stars present their music. I can’t think of another female artist who could have put together this show. I don’t even think Gaga is there yet. I love Gaga, but this is a show that is the culmination of 40 years touring the world and writing music. This show comes from life experience.
This is Madonna’s Hamilton.
Thanks to Wil.