Among the guests were Uma Thurman, Miuccia Prada, Salman Rushdie, Lou Reed, Lucy Liu, David Byrne and Mary-Kate Olsen, who had not been expected and disrupted organizers by needing front-row seats for her entourage.
But the biggest problem in the iconic Guggenheim rotunda was the acoustics, which made the play almost unintelligible.
Dressed in a tight black dress with curled blonde locks and bright red lipstick, the Justify My Love singer, 55, wasn't missing a thing, except her boyfriend Brahim Zaibat, 27, who was nowhere to be seen.
"I was attracted to creative people," she reflected of her relationships. It just did." PHOTOS: Madonna — how her face has changed Part of Madonna's journey in music stems from her profound appreciation for art, which in turn, developed after dating famed artist Jean-Michel Basquiat in the very early '80s, when she was still a complete unknown trying to make it in downtown NYC.
"So the idea of a whole day of silence sounds very seductive to me." PHOTOS: Stars who've gone topless for magazines Something else that was very alluring to the singer was the concept of death, especially after her mother passed away when Madonna was 6 years old.
"I became very obsessed with death, and the idea that you never know when death will arrive," she confessed.
"You don’t want to be the smartest person in the room; you want to be the dumbest in the room. "I remember having conversations with Keith [Haring] and with Basquiat about the importance of your art being accessible to people," she recalled.
You want to be surrounded by other thinking people who are going to say something that makes you think, ' Oh, my God, that's an amazing idea. "That was their big thing—it should be available to everyone.
Performers included Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman, Elaine Stritch, Ellen Burstyn, Dianne Wiest, Peter Sarsgaard, David Strathairn and 11-year-old Abigail Breslin - who was quite possibly the best of the bunch.