Madonna – the queen rules at ‘MDNA’ premiere
From the Liz Smith column on the Chicago Tribune:
“In my book, if you don’t leave a pound of flesh on the stage floor, you haven’t done your job properly!”
That was Madonna at the chaotic premiere of the film version of her record-breaking “MDNA” tour last year. After the film, Madonna took questions from the audience — made up of die-hard, totally hysterical fans. She was charming. It has not always been so. Madonna can be icily monosyllabic or just plain bored with whoever is interviewing her, and doesn’t bother to hide it. But at the “MDNA” event, she was the Madonna I know, personally — smart, funny, appealing. She was even dressed in my idea of glamour: a black tuxedo, a white silk shirt, a black top hat, just like Marlene Dietrich in “Morocco” In fact, Madonna said her choice of outfit was inspired by the Paris Theater, where the premiere was held. “In 1948, Dietrich cut the ribbon when this theater opened. So I pulled out my Marlene drag for this night.”
Now, not that the night, sponsored by The Cinema Society, Dolce and Gabbana and Epix, was without hitches. There was madness in front of the Paris. It was raining and unbearably muggy. People were desperate to get inside. Some of those waiting on the VIP line were annoyed when Madonna’s fans were allowed in first. “Why are they getting in?” asked one woman whose coif was collapsing. “Maybe because they are the ones who made her a star,” came the reply.
But even after the VIPs were seated, there was a loooong wait for Madonna. Like, an hour. The theater was almost as muggy as it was outside. Finally, Madonna and her entourage arrived. This included all her dancers from the tour, and her son Rocco, who also appeared onstage with his legendary mom. However, as Madonna remarked later, with a laugh: “He doesn’t look like he did then. He’s grown three inches, he’s almost six feet tall and frankly, he kind of frightens me.”
As for the film, if you thought the concert itself was intense, seeing and hearing it up close, pitches it to a new level. Madonna does some amazing — and genuinely brave — stuff here. A lot of it is not for the faint of heart. But, if you’re going to accept the moniker of “The Queen,” you’ve got to own it, and Madonna owns every bit of it! And even at a film premiere she knows how to put on a show. As the credits rolled, the lights went up and a full marching band with drums and cymbals appeared in both aisles. It was impressive, funny and ear-shattering. (It was also a way to keep everybody from leaving until Madonna took the stage.)
The party afterward was at Harlow, and the late hour had no effect on Madonna’s energy — she danced until 2:30 a.m.! Among the throng watching were John Travolta, Andy Cohen, ageless Debi Mazar, Adam Lambert, CNN’s Alina Cho, ballet’s handsome Roberto Bolle, Lee Daniels, Rachel Roy, the Cinema Society’s Andrew Saffir (holding up surprisingly well amid the chaos) and Kelly Osbourne.
Best exchange of the night came when “Boy Culture” writer and Madonna historian Matthew Rettenmund approached Kelly O. for a photo. (She was chatting with Cosmo’s sexy Sergio Kletnoy.) Rettenmund said, “I’m on your side in the stuff between you and Lady Gaga.” Kelly replied rather tartly, “There are no sides. I just think it’s disgusting to use gay people for making money!” This left Rettenmund momentarily speechless, but a friend standing behind him chirped up, “Well, it’s better than using them for firewood, honey.”
Miss Osbourne seemed not to be amused.
Read the Full Story on the Chicago Tribune.