Madonna on Good Behavior in London
The British papers are already having a field day with the soon-to-be West End Theater star, Madonna -- whose representative is categorically denying each and every charge of outlandish behavior. "It is absolute rubbish," spokeswoman Barbara Charone told Reuters on Thursday after being asked about press reports that painted the pop diva as a backstage prima donna. A spokeswoman for the producers of the play "Up for Grabs," in which Madonna will star as an ambitious art dealer: "She has been utterly charming in rehearsals. Everyone is very relaxed and she is mucking in like a trouper." Among the erroneous reports: Madonna reputedly demanded a raised stage to prevent fans from storming the stage to get to her, crew members were told not to have eye contact with her, and everyone was alerted against referring to her by her nickname, "Madge." The show's first performance is scheduled to take place May 2. When PEOPLE first reported news of the production and of the star's involvement in late February, Madonna's U.S. rep, Liz Rosenberg, told the magazine, "She read the script and just loved the play." Furthermore, Madonna decided to do the show, written by leading Australian playwright David Williamson (and a proven hit that played Down Under), a year ago, because it's a different challenge from touring in concert or making movies. It also gives the working mom the opportunity to be around the house for a bit. Madonna lives in the British capital with her two children, Rocco and Lourdes, and husband Guy Ritchie.
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