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Madonna's Star Turn at RFK
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The Washington Post (pre-1997 Fulltext) - Washington, D.C.
Author: Harrington, Richard
Date: Jul 3, 1987
Start Page: b.01
Section: STYLE

That was the tour that proved [Madonna]'s pop tart image was media hype, not career definition. This tour, dubbed "Who's That Girl" after an upcoming movie, may on occasion disappoint at the box office-and it probably would have played better to a full house at the Capital Centre or Merriweather Post Pavilion. But to her credit, Madonna performed last night as if the house were full, and the show is splendid pop theater. Madonna has described it as "Broadway in a stadium," and with her nonstop dancing, costume changes, mini-dramas and dynamic pacing, it is sort of a "Liza With an M."

Madonna kicked the night into gear with "Open Your Heart," wearing a black "Cabaret" style bustier. The cone-shaped pasties with dangling tassles were a lot less suggestive than some of her body movements, but for the most part Madonna was naughty and nice, more teasing than vamping. In a reverse on a striptease, she actually started putting clothes on as the show progressed: By the third number, "True Blue," she was encrusted in a blue silk taffeta dress with petticoat, an embodiment of the '50s innocence at the heart of the song. This qualified as the quickest and most extreme change of the night, but was by no means the last (there were eight altogether, courtesy of designer Marlene Stewart; so much for bargain basement fashion, but then again, she did give a big boost to bustiers).

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