Fans wait outside The Forum theatre in Melbourne for tonight’s Madonna invite-only performance. Picture: Andrew Henshaw

Ian HorswillNews Corp Australia Network

AS the rain pelts down on Madonna’s most diehard fans, who have waited 23 years for her to visit, her manager came out and gave them a message.

Guy Oseary told the soaking fans, many who had camped overnight at the Forum theatre in Melbourne since Monday, that the doors would not be open before 10.30pm and the pop singer would most likely not be on stage before 11.30pm. The doors were meant to open at 8.30pm.

Queues stretched up Hosier Lane into Flinders Lane.

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Diehard fans brave the rain for the Madonna concert, with doors now not open before 10.30pm. Picture: Cameron Adams / Twitter

Diehard fans brave the rain for the Madonna concert, with doors now not open before 10.30pm. Picture: Cameron Adams / TwitterSource:Twitter

The fans at the intimate Forum could only win tickets via Madonna’s fan club or through Rebel Heart tour sponsor Telstra.

Names have been printed on tickets to stop the money-can’t-buy tickets being scalped.

Earlier tonight Madonna announced that her Tears of a Clown show would be filmed.

She was reportedly spotted dining at Il Solito Posto.

At a rehearsal overnight in the Hisense Arena she performed the following songs: I’m So Stupid, Nobody’s Perfect, Don’t Tell Me, Borderline, Love Spent, Joan of Arc, Take a Bow and Holiday.

Madonna rehearsing for her Tears Of A Clown theatre show for fans. Picture: Guy Oseary / Instagram

Madonna rehearsing for her Tears Of A Clown theatre show for fans. Picture: Guy Oseary / InstagramSource:Supplied

Madonna has posted photos of her dressed as a clown on her social media, as well as a video of her riding a tiny bicycle in clown shoes. Sources say the video was shot in New Zealand not Melbourne.

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The show is a global one-off and is expected to also include Madonna’s comedy routines.

Madonna will perform at Rod Laver Arena on Saturday and Sunday before moving to Brisbane and Sydney next week, where the Rebel Heart world tour will end.

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