NEW YORK — Marina and the Diamonds made New York City scream on Thursday night in her first of two sold-out shows at Webster Hall.
With the name of her most recent album, Electra Heart, flickered onto the backdrop behind her, the Welsh pop starlet (née Marina Diamandis) trotted onto the stage in a short white wedding dress complete with a veil — à la Madonna's classic "Like a Virgin" look — to deafening screams from the crowd. She launched into her 90-minute set with "Heartbreaker."
"You are crazy!" She shouted back at the fans who cheered on her every move (including sips of water). "It's so good to be back here!"
The set included several costume changes into various youthful, princess-style dresses on a stage flooded with a Valentine's Day palette of lights and covered in dainty props including a coat rack and a fainting couch.
Marina performed a large selection of Electra Heart songs, including "Lies," "Hypocrates," "Radioactive" and "Teen Idle." The crowd went the craziest for her biggest single from the album, "Primadonna," which may very well hit the charts on a delay like Ellie Goulding's "Lights" did recently.
She introduced the crowd to a toy poodle named Marilyn whom she prompted to bark and walk by pressing a button. "See? She speaks!" Marina exclaimed as she set the dog to waddle down the stage.
Marina made her way back and forth to the keyboard on stage, showcasing her instrumental talent to accompany her operatic voice. She made sure to include fan favorites from her first album, including "I Am Not a Robot," which had nearly everyone in Webster Hall singing along.
If her reception in New York is any indication, the future for Marina and the Diamonds looks promising.
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