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Concert Reviews:
Madonna keeps clothes on, hits coming in Super Bowl performance
 

By GARY GRAFF
for Journal Register Newspapers

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There was no illegal motion and no fumbles, nothing offsides — nor untoward.

Madonna’s halftime performance at Super Bowl XLVI on Sunday was smooth and flashy, highlighting some of her biggest hits, pumping her latest single and, most of all, offering something as engaging as ballyhooed commercials — and even the Super Bowl game, at least to that point — without a single wardrobe malfunction to talk cause a stir.

The Michigan-born Material Girl, a Rochester Adams High School graduate, employed a Cecile B. Demille cast of, well, at least dozens as well as a bit of help from some famous friends during the 12-minute extravaganza. Brought onto the Lucas Oil Stadium field by a legion of Centurions, Madonna — who also appeared in an ad for NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” just before her performance — opened the set with “Vogue,” dancing on a multi-level stage while images were projected onto the field below her.

The medley flowed into “Music,” with Cirque du Soleil dancers performing acrobatics — including a Will Ferrell lookalike on a tightrope — until she hooked up with the duo LMFAO, mashing the duo’s hits “Party Rock Anthem” and “I’m Sexy and I Know It” into the mix.

Nikki Minaj, M.I.A. and a corps of dancing cheerleaders joined Madonna to recreate the new “Give Me All Your Luvin’,” then gave way to a corps of marching band drummers and Cee-Lo Green, who added vocals to snipes of “Open Your Heart” and “Express Yourself” before a robed choir joined the party for “Like a Prayer.”

Madonna finished by disappearing into the stage amidst a cloud of smoke. But with a new album, “MDNA,” coming March 6, a new film, “W.E.,” just in theaters and a tour coming later this year, it’s hardly the last we’ll see of her in the coming months.

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