Gutted it’s so long until the London run , but hopefully it will be a well oiled machine by then, with a song change or two along the way.
The NYC shows are all mobile free shows: they give you a pouch to lock your phone and smart watch in, and you have to go to a dedicated part of the theatre to get them unlocked.
Madonna seems to be coming onstage late this far - 3 hours for the first, and then Ticketmaster emailed everyone for the second show to tell them she would be on stage no earlier than 10pm... and they weren’t kidding:
Madonna enters the crowd three times so far - she comes down to the front row to sit in a deliberately empty seat and speaks to the person in the next seat (apparently teasing them about having no access to their phone ha), she dances in the aisle during one song and walks up the aisle during the last number as her exit.
She also uses a Polaroid on stage to take a selfie, and is selling the photo there and then: it seems to be at least partly staged for a celebrity to buy it, but not always.
Also the $10 dollar day seats seem to be reserved for fan club members only: to win one in NYC, you have to email in a photograph of you making an ‘X’ with your fingers and your membership details.
These late starts are a problem - I remember at her most recent Manchester concert she had to work incredibly hard to win round the audience after starting just after 10:00pm (yes, technical issues but as an audience we didn't know that!) and in Edinburgh she started late and cut the show so she would meet the curfew. You should never rely on public transport if attending a Mage concert that is not in central London. Surely it cannot be that hard to start at a reasonable time.
Yes I agree, no matter who you are it shows a total lack of respect to your audience. Having seen Madonna several times she has always been late. Am seeing her in London too and had hoped that it would be more to time. Not much chance there!!
The Madonna in Manchester disaster could have been eased by the arena making an announcement about technical issues. Instead we were stuck waiting for an age and when people started protesting they just turned the warm-up music up! Why not just announce technical difficulties?!
As for the late starts for this one, why?!! People will be traveling far and wide to London. It’s not on at all if people don’t know where they stand re timings. Downright rude. What’s the issue? Can she only perform having watched the ten o’clock news?
The sheer arrogance of messing around with loyal fans and people who’ve stumped up HUNDREDS is appalling. And when there is a genuine reason for lateness no one will take it seriously.
From what I’ve heard the show is AMAZING and my cousin thought it was fantastic. I was planning to see it in London based on this feedback but now... no way. I’d genuinely like to know why she does this. Because to do it and not show guilt at all... that ain’t human.
And she still owes me a ton of money from the third of the concert she didn’t perform in Manchester.
I am still hoping that she does London at a decent time, but I’m not really convinced at this point. She was late for her last tour in a lot of places, but in London she was on time (9pm start), included songs scrapped from the US run and threw in an extra song (Like a Prayer) for good measure. Fingers crossed.
Ticketmaster has now updated all US start times to 10.30pm. UK remains at 8.30pm start. For now. At this rate if the start time changes to 10.30pm here, I might as well go see Come From Away around the corner first!