It was the night of 1,000 Madonnas. (Images by Matthew Rettenmund)
I've never gotten around to attending Cathy Cervenka's annual Madonnathon — but its 15th-anniversary year seemed a good enough excuse to finally go!
If Madonna had gone, her career would've flashed before her eyes!
My co-author Anthony Coombs and I also promised to provide one of the first copies of our new book MLVC60 to one of the costume-contest winners of the Halloween bash, so we had even more reason to go.
I wish I'd taken even more pictures, but I was busy talking with people and missed some of the performances. The ones I saw were outstanding!
Go ahead and take a pole — the results will show that Esther was both sticky and sweet!
Esther was sensational in a sizzling set that incorporated so many phases of Madonna's career it left people (wait for it) breathless, and she had the good sense to include hunky dancers. She was top-notch, and I've seen many Madonna-themed acts.
I was also wowed by a rap/thrash take on “Bitch I'm Madonna” and vocal pyrotechnics on renditions of “Live to Tell” and “Don't Cry for Me, Argentina” that raised the roof of the Highline Ballroom.
Does your bottom hurt just thinkin' about it?
Then there was a perfectly whimsical “Vogue” done in the style of Madonna'a 1990 MTV performance, except sung live, and hostess Cathy wowed with her own live set, backed up by two zaftig dancers who opened their hearts while opening minds on what the “perfect” body size is.
There were quite a few others, and the appreciative crowd was never disappointed. I'll have to make this a tradition!
Cathy's backup dancers put the YAY! in bustier!
Cathy started the evening as the luckiest of stars ...
Cathy and her team expressed themselves — and ourselves.
They are superstars — yes, that's what they are ... you know it?
I missed most of this performance, but was getting Coachella “Human Nature” vibes.
Madonna really should've just gone with herself to the 1991 Oscars.
The only contest for Best Legs was in my head, but he walked away with it.
Normally, at events, I can get away with taking pictures of beautiful guys because hey, it's an event. When I snapped these two, their friend razzed me for only shooting the twinks and seethed, “These two are too young to even know who Madonna is!” He was kidding me, but it occurs to me that that's my type — too young to know who Madonna is. (Both so cute, the one on the right I want to do a full shoot with.)
Adi & Michele seek justifcation for their love.
Adi & Anthony, together again!
My co-author Anthony is a bit of a wallflower.
The guy on the left was on keyboards for most of the night, and on the guy on the right for the rest of it.
Carlos was pissed his friend forgot his wig, but I'd still give his “Papa” look my blessing right now.
The fan on the left used to quiz her schoolmates about Madonna using my book! Now I'm half her age, I swear!
Above: Not everyone was strictly Madonna-themed in their costumes, and that's okay!
There were quite a few Rebel Heart-era allusions — no bull!
This look was Music to my eyes!
Fanzine pioneers Julio & Nick were rockin' a truly Super look — one that Bowled me over!
Dexter was definitely on MDNA.
Madonna's Blond Ambition look if it had continued past Europe ...
Oh, look, he went as someone I want to have sex with!
Such a colorful fan ... and so is that thing in Angel Love's hand!
Madonna & Boy George made up! And she also began a friendship with famous fan Sree!
At least one of them used the phrase “deeper and deeper” last night ...
This one put me in a trance. Might be my fave.
They were so sweet, and the Peach reminds me ... I saw a mom/daughter Peaches team in NYC: