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Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour Concert Film Heads to Showtime

Documentary features behind-the-scenes footage from massive trek, Sydney show

Madonna‘s spectacular Rebel Heart Tour will be the focus of an upcoming concert film debuting on Showtime. Nearly nine months after the trek concluded, Madonna: Rebel Heart Tour premieres on the channel on December 9th at 9 p.m. EST.

The documentary, Madonna’s first since her 2013 film MDNA World Tour, offers behind-the-scenes footage from throughout the seven-month, 55-city trek, as well as Madonna’s March 2016 concert from Sydney’s Olympic Park.

The set list boasted Rebel Heart tracks alongside acoustic versions of “Like A Prayer,” “Secret” and “Don’t Tell Me” and her first ever in-concert performances of “Take a Bow.”

On the Rebel Heart Tour, during the performance of “Unapologetic Bitch,” Madonna frequently invited fans or special guests onstage to dance along to the track. Among those who joined her were Amy Schumer (who also served as opening act for select dates), Ariana Grande, Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Diplo, Anderson Cooper and Katy Perry, whose appearance features in Madonna: Rebel Heart Tour.

In his review of Madonna’s Madison Square Garden stop, Rob Sheffield wrote of the tour, “She hasn’t reached so far onstage, musically or emotionally, since her 2001 Drowned World extravaganza. Her last couple of tours had spectacular performances, but dodgy set lists. This time Madonna has much stronger new songs to play with, from Rebel Heart — and she brilliantly revamps the hits.”

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