What to expect in Madonna's Rebel Heart concert here

Madonna performing at the AccorHotels Arena in Paris on Dec 9, 2015.
Madonna performing at the AccorHotels Arena in Paris on Dec 9, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS

1. A massive runway

Catwalks are a staple in any major pop star's stage set-up. But the Queen of Pop's is a huge cross-shaped runway that ends in a heart. That means plenty of plenty of up-close moments with the star for fans lucky enough to score standing positions near the stage as she moves up and down the catwalk.

2. High-octane choreography

Madonna's posse of dancers are a group of professionals with sculpted physiques who execute precise, vigorous choreography. Besides pulling off various moves from tap dancing to banging on taiko drums, they'll be doing risky stunts like hanging from poles or fall from a spiral staircase.

3. Madonna unplugged

It's not all pulse-pounding bangers in a Madonna show. She is known to take a break from the sound and fury and do stripped-down renditions of some of the tunes on the setlist. She has even played a ukulele on songs such as True Blue.

 
 
 

4. Updated versions of her vast hits

You might love the newer songs off Rebel Heart, her latest album. But you'll scream loudest for defining pop tunes from the last few decades including Vogue, Like A Virgin and Into The Groove. Be prepared that the live versions rarely sound like how they were originally recorded on the albums and are often given new arrangements.

5. Costumes galore

The Material Girl doesn't work with just any designers when it comes to her on-stage ensembles - she works with the best. The elaborate designs on the Rebel Heart tour are collaborations with vaunted fashion houses such as Gucci, Prada and Alexander Wang. So look out for multiple costume changes.