Madonnathon coming to Williamsburg

Express yourself: Madonna dance party hits Brooklyn

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A group of Madonna impersonators are touching down in Williamsburg for the very first time.

Hundreds of Material Girl look-alikes and rabid fans will rock out to the original pop queen’s greatest 1980s hits at Brooklyn Bowl’s upcoming Madonnathon concert and dance party — a one-night stand celebrating all things Madge. Producer Cathy Cervenka moved the event to the Williamsburg venue following an eight-year run at B.B. King Blues Club and Grill in Manhattan.

“That’s where our demographic is right now,” said Cervenka, a talent agent from Florida whose annual dance night caters to Madonna lovers who still enjoy wearing chunky chains, fingerless gloves, and see-through lace. “Brooklyn Bowl has a huge, killer dance floor that lends itself to Madonna songs.”

The concert will feature performances of “Like a Virgin,” “Into the Groove,” and other classics from 21 bands and musicians, including the Material Boys and legendary Madonna impersonator Chris America. As if that wasn’t enough, there’s door prizes for the best-dressed fans and a surprise act will cover songs from the star singer’s 1996 blockbuster film “Evita.”

But Cervenka’s tribute show will draw the line right there: she isn’t a big fan of Madonna’s later work, including her recent high-tech but oft-mocked Super Bowl halftime performance.

“She was the first and the best,” Cervenka said. “She doesn’t need to compete with the kids today.”

Madonnathon at Brooklyn Bowl [61 Wythe St. between N. 11th Street and N. 12th Street, Williamsburg (718) 963–3369] April 27, 8 pm. $10 ($7 in advance). Visit

Reach reporter Daniel Bush at or by calling (718) 260-8310. Follow him at
Updated 5:32 pm, July 9, 2018
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