A Madonna anything can draw in a serious crowd, and last night’s EPIX World Premiere of Madonna: The MDNA Tour, hosted by the Cinema Society and Dolce & Gabbana, certainly didn’t disappoint. Everyone from John Travolta to Martha Stewart piled into The Paris Theatre, and even though Riccardo Tisci has a Givenchy men’s show in Paris next week, he told Style.com he “flew in for just one night, because she is such a great friend and collaborator.”
The Queen of Pop finally showed up an hour late—but who’s counting; it’s Madonna!—in a Tom Ford tuxedo, complete with top hat, a look she explained was inspired by the outfit Marlene Dietrich wore to the 1948 Paris Theatre ribbon-cutting ceremony. The film began to roll, and everyone was so riled up that it felt like an actual concert, complete with sing-alongs and standing ovations. To top it all off, Madonna orchestrated a twenty-two-piece drum line to march down the aisles during the credits. The Paris was burning.
The after-party at Harlow was a well-deserved release after a long world tour and an equally grueling five months in the editing room. Earlier, Madonna had said, “I can officially say, now that my tour is over, that it was probably the hardest tour I’ve ever done. But in my book, if you don’t leave a pound of flesh on the stage every night, you did not do your job.”