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Madonna’s doing a residency at a small Miami Beach venue — but not for long

Madonna’s Madame X Tour will be an intimate affair

Madonna to perform limited residency-styled concerts in smaller venues. Miami is on the list.
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Madonna to perform limited residency-styled concerts in smaller venues. Miami is on the list.

Madonna is departing from her usual stadium and arena venues for her coming Madame X Tour.

Instead, the singer plans a series of residencies in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles — and Miami Beach.

But Madonna’s idea of a residency isn’t like Las Vegas, where stars like Celine Dion, Elton John and Britney Spears stay in one place, like Caesar’s Palace, for months or years.

Or, Bruce Springsteen’s oft-extended “Springsteen on Broadway” that ran 236 shows at the Walter Kerr Theatre from October 2017 to December 2018.

What Madonna wants in a residency is more than a one-night stand but something less than “The Lion King.”

The “intimate” Madame X residency opens Sept. 12 at the 2,100-seat BAM Howard Gillman Opera House in New York for 12 shows, promoter Live Nation announced Monday. The currently announced dates also include four shows at the 3,600-seat Chicago Theatre starting Oct. 15, and nine shows at the 2,000-seat The Wiltern in Los Angeles starting Nov. 12.

Live Nation said Miami, Las Vegas, Boston, Philadelphia, Lisbon, London and Paris will also have dates with Madonna (and the alter-ego she’s concocted for the tour and accompanying album, which releases June 14).

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Billboard named The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater as Madonna’s South Florida choice. That makes sense given the concert hall is in the size range she’s aiming at — about 2,600 seats, in this case. It’s a five-night residency at The Fillmore. Dates are Dec. 14, Dec. 15, Dec. 17, Dec. 18 and Dec. 19.

Want in?

According to Live Nation, ticket According to Live Nation, ticket requests for all announced shows will be accepted through noon Friday, May 24, at madonna.livenation.com.

Fans will be able to select city and show preference plus their preferred price points — which range from $60 to $760, and VIP packages can go up to $2,000, according to Billboard. You are limited to four seats. Each ticket comes with a physical copy of Madonna’s “Madame X” album. (This, of course, will boost its standing on the Billboard album chart. The first four singles, including “Medellín” with Colombian star Maluma and “I Rise,” haven’t exactly set the charts, or radio airwaves, on fire in the U.S.)

Miami Herald Real Time/Breaking News reporter Howard Cohen, a 2017 Media Excellence Awards winner, has covered pop music, theater, health and fitness, obituaries, municipal government and general assignment. He started his career in the Features department at the Miami Herald in 1991.


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