Madonna strutted her stuff at the Red Rooster with Jon Batiste and his band in Harlem before taking to the streets to sing “Like a Prayer.”
The 63-year-old diva, who’s promoting her new documentary concert film, “Madame X,” performed for an intimate gathering of about 100 friends and fans in the basement of Marcus Samuelsson’s Red Rooster restaurant early Saturday, Variety reported.
Madonna draped herself atop Batiste’s piano at times during the performance, and sang “Dark Ballet,” “La Isla Bonita” and the Portuguese “Saudade.”
“Obviously, Madame X has been born,” said Madonna, dressed in a black cocktail dress, lace gloves and long blonde wig. “She was always here. She’s always been by your side, encouraging you, pushing you, inspiring you, I hope.”
At one point Madonna dropped to her knees to sing her 1989 hit, “Like a Prayer,” and then invited the band to take their instruments and join her, along with the audience, out onto 126th Street where she continued singing.
The group ended up outside a nearby church where Madonna offered an invocation. “The Lord is with all of us,” she said. “Sometimes you just have to say a prayer.”
The new film, which came out Friday, was made during the 2019 Madame X concert tour.