Saturday, February 24, 2024

Madonna Abruptly Cancels Monday Show for a Bum Knee, Will Return Thursday: “I am not a quitter. This hurts me more than you can imagine”


Madonna is only human, she reminded her fans tonight. At the last minute– around 7:30pm– Madonna cancelled her show at the Howard Gilman Opera house in Brooklyn. The show would have gone on at 10:30pm. The problem? A knee is out of order. For the 61 year old, it’s understandable.

She wrote on Instagram: “Its Hard for Madame ❌ to admit that she is also a human being made of flesh and blood and she must rest for the next 3 days to insure full recovery for her knee.
I am not a quitter. This hurts me more than you can imagine. Its time to take those heels and fishnets off for a few days! 👠. Thank you for your understanding. ♥️. See you very soon !! #recovery #madamextheatre #nevergiveup #ongod”

It must be frustrating for Madonna, who’s always been in top shape, to endure aging. Isn’t she invincible? But like any athlete she has to face facts: on stage Madonna moves a little tentatively. Her show is grueling even for a woman half her age. But her choreographers and director (whoever they are, I never did get their names) have designed a show in which younger people do the heavy lifting. It’s a funny thing to say about Madonna, but this how Carol Channing used to get through revivals of “Hello, Dolly!”

Hey, look at it this way: Madonna thinks she’s Jewish, courtesy of Kabbalah. So Tuesday night she can hunker down at Kol Nidre, and listen to the Shofar on Wednesday at Yom Kippur services, then break the fast with a nice brisket.

This will leave Madonna with just two more shows in Brooklyn unless she makes up Monday’s cancellation. Then she’s off to Chicago, where the first date has been pushed back to October 16th. The October 15th opener has been rescheduled for October 28th.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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