Michael Griffiths to Tribute Madonna with ‘IN VOGUE’ at Feinstein’s/54 Below

Feinstein’s/54 Below, Broadway’s Supper Club, presents the acclaimed Australian theater and concert artist Michael Griffiths in his evening IN VOGUE: SONGS BY MADONNA on Tuesday, February 7 at 9:30 PM.

Griffiths is best known for the Australian productions of Jersey Boys (nominated for a Green Room Award for “Best Supporting Actor” as Bob Crewe), Priscilla Queen of the Desert and We Will Rock You! IN VOGUE: SONGS BY MADONNA features Griffiths simply seated at the piano, leading the audience on a journey through her tough life and tender songs, including “Vogue,” “Into The Groove” and “Express Yourself.” Michael won the Best Cabaret Adelaide Fringe Award in 2014 and Best Cabaret Weekly Award in 2015 and 2016. Michael has been delighting critics and audiences across very cabaret festival in Australia and beyond to London, Hong Kong, London, Auckland and Edinburgh Fringe where he received five star reviews and standing ovations.

Michael Griffiths graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) with a Bachelor in Music Theatre in 1999 and has a diploma in Music Composition. He is a singer, pianist, actor, composer and musical arranger. Michael was nominated for a Green Room Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as Bob Crewe in Jersey Boys. He has also appeared in Priscilla Queen of the Desert, We Will Rock You!, Shout! and was in the original workshop for the Australian musical Prodigal. His acclaimed one man cabaret shows In Vogue: Songs By Madonna, Sweet Dreams: Songs By Annie Lennox, Adolescent and Cole have delighted critics and audiences across every cabaret festival in Australia and beyond to New York, Auckland, Edinburgh, Hong Kong and London.

“In Vogue: Songs By Madonna” plays Feinstein’s/54 Below (254 West 54th Street) on February 7th at 9:30 PM. There is a $25-35 (Premium $60) cover charge and $25 food and beverage minimum. Tickets and information are available at www.54Below.com. Tickets on the day of performance after 4:00 are only available by calling (646) 476-3551.

Michael Feinstein, one of the world’s great musical artists, and 54 Below, Broadway’s Supper Club, have united to give New York an unparalleled destination for entertainment and dining. Feinstein’s/54 Below, Broadway’s Supper Club, is the performance venue in the grand tradition of New York City nightlife. A few blocks from the heart of Times Square and just below the legendary Studio 54, Feinstein’s/54 Below is a classically designed state-of-the art nightclub in the theatre district that hosts audiences with warmth and style. Feinstein’s/54 Below presents iconic and rising stars from the worlds of Broadway and popular music. The venue provides a food and beverage menu from early evening through the wee hours of the morning that is worthy of the world-class entertainment on the stage. Located at 254 West 54th Street, Feinstein’s/54 Below features up to three shows nightly with cover charges ranging from $5-$155.

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‘Strike a Pose’ in the USA finally – get the details!

sapnewposterdef‘Strike a Pose’ was THE film for us in 2016 and we are very pleased that the film will finally receive its official theater release in the USA. Strike a Pose will be featured in IFC Centre in New York from January 18 and from January 27 another week in Leammle Fine Arts Theatre in Los Angeles. You can also see the film in San Francisco, Dallas, Chicago and other states, for a full list of dates click here.

We can’t say enough how incredible the film is, and what an amazing impression it will leave on you. For the Madonna fans that are still worried that she’s being discussed in a negative light we can confirm that you do not need to fear as there is nothing but positivity when it comes to her. There is some incredible footage in the movie from ‘Truth Or Dare’ (for which was given permission) and archive news footage of the Blond Ambition Tour. This film is all about the dancers of THAT groundbreaking tour and what happened to them after it? 

It’s quite an emotional journey from beginning to end, but you can’t help but be touched by the honesty and vulnerability of the dancers. Ester Gould and Reijzer Zwaan did an incredible job on this film, we truly urge everyone in the USA to go out and experience it!

To stay updated please visit the official American website www.madonnadancers.com

Check out the American Trailer!

 

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‘Human Nature’ Original Video Script to the stunning music video added

This original used video script to Madonna’s stunning music video ‘Human Nature’ has just been added to our Bedtime Stories Album Promo page. 

This script comes from our own collection. Video was shot during May 6 + 7 1995, directed by Jean-Baptiste Mondino, the video script comes with details such as time tables and locations. 

A huge lot of Bedtime Stories era memorabilia and press articles coming up!

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Madonna posing with Tom Jones and Caresse Henry – rare original photo!

This never before seen picture taken backstage at the recording of Wetten Dass where Madonna was to promote ‘Bedtime Stories’, has been added to our Bedtime Stories album promo page (memorabilia section).

Madonna performed both Secret and Take a Bow and sat down for an interview, this stunning picture was taken backstage with Tom Jones and Caresse Henry which was her manager at the time.

This original picture belonged to the private collection of Caresse Henry, who is sadly no longer with us. 

We will updating the Bedtime Stories album promo page with many new items very soon, so stay tuned!

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‘Strike a Pose’ on German ARTE TV tonight!

‘Strike a Pose’ retitled ‘Express Yourself’ will air on German TV Arte this evening from 21.45 – 22.45.

Be sure to catch it!

Auf ihrer legendären “Blond Ambition Tour”, 1990, schockierte Madonna die Öffentlichkeit. Unvergessen bis heute ihre “Masturbations-Szene”, ein Tabubruch.

Während der Tournee trat sie provokativ für die Rechte Homosexueller ein, kämpfte gegen die damals noch neue Krankheit AIDS. Im Vorfeld hatte sie sieben Tänzer gecastet, die sie bei ihren Auftritten begleiteten: Carlton, Gabriel, Luis, Jose, Oliver und Kevin. Wild, talentiert und blutjung waren sie, und sechs von ihnen schwul.

Die Truppe wurde begleitet von einem Filmteam, das die Tournee-Wochen für den Dokumentarfilm “In Bed with Madonna” dokumentierte. Die Aufnahmen gingen um die Welt.

Sie zeigten den Weltstar ganz persönlich, als Freundin und als “Mutter” ihrer sieben Tänzer. Eine eingeschworene Gruppe, entschlossen, den Kampf gegen eine homophobe Öffentlichkeit aufzunehmen.

Doch was damals so harmonisch wirkte, hatte seine Schattenseiten. In “In Bed with Madonna” sieht man Gabriel im innigen Kuss mit einem der anderen Tänzer.

Damals ein Skandal – und Gabriels Coming-Out. Bis zu diesem Zeitpunkt hatte er sein großes Geheimnis streng gehütet.

Er flehte Madonna an, die Szene aus dem Film zu nehmen, schließlich verklagte er sie. In den Akten kann man Madonnas Antwort lesen: I was making a statement.

Für ihre Botschaft war die Sequenz unverzichtbar. Hintergrundinformationen: Das große Thema des Films von Ester Gould und Reijer Zwaan ist diese Kluft zwischen der politischen Botschaft, die viele Menschen auf der Welt bis heute bewegt, und der nicht sichtbaren Realität dahinter. 25 Jahre nach der “Blond Ambition Tour” treffen die sechs verbliebenen Tänzer nun erstmals aufeinander und erzählen, wie es ihnen nach der Tournee ergangen ist.

Sie beschreiben mit ergreifenden Worten und in ausdrucksstarkem Tanz, welche Auswirkungen die Zeit mit Madonna auf sie hatte, auf ihre Karriere, ihre Identität und ihr Leben. Und zum ersten Mal treffen sie sich wieder.

Die Sendung ist auch eine Woche im Internet auf ARTE Concert zu sehen: concert.arte.tv

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Madonna Biographies & photobooks + books by Madonna brand new feature online

Just completed our new feature: Madonna Books.

This includes various books that have been published about Madonna from biographies to photo books, all scanned from our private collection. Of course we have also included the books by Madonna, such as the infamous SEX from 1992 and her range of Childrens’ books.

We will be updating this feature shortly with galleries of Madonna’s book promotions soon!

Books has been added in our menu under ‘Various‘, the direct link is HERE.

Our ‘Live Reports’ on Madonna has been added to ‘Live’ in the menu.

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The Immaculate Collection 2LP Colored Vinyl Rhino’s Start Your Ear Off Right limited to 6500 copies

LOS ANGELES – Last January, Rhino launched its first ever “Start Your Ear Off Right” campaign, releasing titles from some their most revered artists as a special campaign in the month of January. Having been met with rousing reception last year from fans and record stores alike, Rhino is returning again in 2017 with another formidable batch of releases. Beginning on Tuesday, January 10, and continuing each Tuesday through the rest of the month, Rhino will release new vinyl titles from some of the most celebrated acts in music including Cheap Trick, Foreigner, Lil’ Kim, Madonna, The Cars, The Replacements, The Stooges and Yes, many of them limited editions. Full details are listed below. These will be available only at participating brick and mortar retail outlets. For a full list, please visit https://www.rhino.com/syeor

Rhino is also bringing back it’s highly sought-after wall calendar, which until last year’s “Start Your Ear Off Right” launch, was a music industry-only perk for record label employees, radio DJs, journalists, record store owners, and other insiders. For a limited time, anyone who purchases one of the “Start Your Ear Off Right” releases at participating music retailers will receive a free copy of the Rhino calendar, while supplies last. Barnes & Noble customers will receive a unique, limited edition vinyl cleaning cloth with any “Start Your Ear Off Right” purchase.

Cheap Trick – Woke Up With A Monster
1-LP on 140-gram black vinyl, limited edition of 3,500 copies, $19.98

Dead Boys – Young, Loud, & Snotty
1-LP on green vinyl, limited edition of 4,500 copies, $21.98

Dee Dee King – Standing In The Spotlight
1-LP on 180-gram black vinyl, limited edition of 3,500 copies, $21.98

Fast Times At Ridgemont High – Music From The Motion Picture
2-LP set, limited edition of 5,500 copies, $29.98

Foreigner – Head Games
1-LP picture disc, limited edition of 5,000 copies, $21.98

Hootie And The Blowfish – Cracked Rear View
1-LP on clear / yellow / black vinyl, limited edition of 5,500 copies, $21.98

Iron Butterfly – In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida
1-LP on Psychedelic vinyl, limited edition of 4,000 copies, $22.98

John Prine – John Prine
1-LP 180-gram black vinyl, limited edition of 3,500 copies, $21.98

Junior Mafia – Conspiracy
2-LP Set, limited edition of 3,500 copies, $29.98

Lil’ Kim – Hard Core
2-LP Set, limited edition, of 3,500, $29.98

Lupe Fiasco – Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor
2-LP set on purple vinyl, limited edition of 2,500 copies, $29.98

Madonna – Immaculate Collection
2-LP set on blue / white marble vinyl and gold vinyl, limited edition of 6,500 copies, $34.98

The Cars – My Best Friend’s Girl
1-LP picture disc, limited edition of 4,000 copies, $14.98

The Dictators – Bloodbrothers
1-LP red vinyl, limited edition of 2,500 copies, $19.98

The Replacements – All Shook Down
1-LP, $19.98

The Replacements – Don’t Tell A Soul
1-LP, $19.98

The Replacements – Please To Meet Me
1-LP, $19.98

The Replacements – Tim
1-LP, $19.98

The Stooges – Fun House
1-LP on orange and black swirl vinyl, limited edition of 6,000 copies, $21.98

Yes – Going For The One
1-LP picture disc, limited edition of 4,500 copies, $21.98

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Carrie Fisher and Madonna interviewed each other for Rolling Stone in the ’90s, and as expected, it was wonderful

Celebrities interviewing other celebrities? It’s a beautiful thing. InStyle did it recently with Reese Witherspoon and Dolly Parton, and as it turns out, Rolling Stone had Carrie Fisher interview Madonna way back in the early ’90s.

These types of interviews are incredible since a whole new level of comfort emerges between interview chatter — especially if the two stars are fans of each other. For this particular piece, Fisher was the one in charge of taking notes on Madonna.

The interview took place back in 1991, and Rolling Stone had published it in two parts, in two separate issues. (Remember, this is well before they had a web presence.) Due to the unfortunate passing of Carrie Fisher, the popular magazine decided to re-publish the interview online, and let the world — especially those who missed issues #606 and #607 — check it out again.

Here are some of the best parts of the interview:

1. This was Fisher’s first interview ever.

While she obviously had a lot of experience with the press herself, she never had the opportunity to sit down and talk with one of her own idols for a magazine feature. Prior to the interview, she noted that while she had met Madonna before, this was the first chance for the two of them to truly have a conversation.

2. Fisher’s wardrobe, in comparison to Madonna’s, was pretty predictable.

Magazines today often include what a particular celebrity is wearing at the time of the interview. Fisher did just that — the interview took place at two separate locations, and Fisher noted Madonna’s eccentric ensemble during both.

“Madonna wore gold lamé; I probably wore black. The last sessions took place in the offices of her manager, Freddy DeMann. Madonna wore a negligee; I probably wore black,” Fisher wrote.

And, this is one of the many reasons why we love her. She always kept it casual.

3. Fisher was the second choice to do the interview.

We’re so glad that Carrie Fisher was picked instead of the originally rumored choice — Norman Mailer. Nothing against Mailer, but as Fisher noted, the piece would have been severely different.

“No doubt that Norman on Madonna would have been a historic piece,” Fisher noted. “But this time around, history was not in the budget. Unfortunately or not, I was. So a lot of money was saved, and history was not made. Or made, at least, of cruder material. Discount history, at those low, low, no-mailer prices.”

If only she knew.

4. Fisher and Madonna saw the same shrink.

And funny enough, mentioning that is exactly how Fisher decided to start her interview.

5. She could have lost her virginity to Warren Beatty, but chose not to.

If she did, the interview would have been a bit more interesting. Madonna, who had a 15-month relationship with the actor, asked her if they had slept together, and Fisher denied it.

He offered to relieve me of the huge burden of my virginity,” Fisher responded. “Four times. That was the big offer. I decided against it. I decided for reality over anecdote.”

 

6. Fisher always wanted to be a boss.

In fact, she blamed her height — which was at 5’1″ and a half — as to why. She mentioned she wanted to direct, in order to feel a little more powerful amongst the men of the industry. (Madonna, for the record, stated that she’s 5’4″ and a half.)

7. Fisher credits Madonna for being part of her recovery.

Fisher was in rehabilitation for drugs around the time Madonna started hitting it big.

“The drug addicts only wanted to watch Star Trek, MTV or The Twilight Zone,” Fisher said. “You were part of my recovery, dancing and writhing on the floor.”


The rest of the interview — every bit of it worth perusing — reads much like a conversation between two friends, and Rolling Stone should be proud of themselves for posting it. The more we learn about the lives of both of these incredibly talented women, the better.

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Madonna on the set of ‘Material Girl’ with Mary Lambert – original press photo added

This original genuine press photo of Madonna on the set of ‘Material Girl’ posing with director Mary Lambert has just been added to our Like a Virgin album promo page (memorabilia section).

This original photo was used in Life magazine as mentioned on the back of the photo in handwriting: Life May ’86 p. 86. 

It was on the set of recording the video to ‘Material Girl’ that Madonna met her husband to be Sean Penn.

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