For an hour and 30 minutes on Monday night (June 24), Lady Gaga gave an intimate yet intense, historic, career-spanning performance at Harlem's Apollo Theater in New York City. It was her debut at the legendary locale and her first time performing in her home city in more than two years, so it was only right that, as fan-captured footage revealed, she pulled out all the stops — transferring the magnificence of her Enigma Las Vegas residency to a smaller scale while retaining its majestic air.
She celebrated Pride Week in between a storm of popular songs, took fans on a nostalgic trip that stretched back to the late 2000s, and perhaps most emotionally, reflected on her enigmatic rise that got her here in the first place.
It was a full Gaga affair, with outrageous, futuristic outfits and colored hair to denote differences in characters and times. At various points of the performance, she was close to tears while walking through her memory museum. In a glittering, disco-like ensemble, she gave a heroic performances of "Poker Face" and "Just Dance" in the same ensemble, reliving her The Fame years. Her choreography was as intense as the performance, with a run through of "Alejandro" made sensual by rolling bodies attached to her skin. She also took some time to talk about the concept of Pride: "I personally think Pride should exist 365 days out of the year, but I'll take a fucking global week."
She closed the show with her most recent smash hit, "Shallow," from A Star Is Born. Immediately before she went into the number, she reflected on her journey on the verge of tears. "I used to sit in my apartment and write songs about fame, boys, family... I made it," she said in the footage. "They tried to take me down, and I put my head back down and went back to work, and I looked up one day and I had a fucking Oscar in my hand."
The show, which was for subscribers to SiriusXM and Pandora – to christen the two companies coming together as one – will air on the service's station Hits 1, Howard Stern's Howard 101, and Pandora.
Check out footage of Gaga's magical show above and below.