Gaga for Gaga

Lady Gaga rolled her “Monster Ball” tour into the Verizon Center on Tuesday night and left a sold-out audience of 15,000 young girls, gay boys, suburban moms and the K Street crowd screaming for more.

This is not a PG-13 show, as evidenced by the bleeding angel statues and heavy religious and sexual imagery. This is the Monster Ball and Gaga wanted D.C. to know that she “burned the place to the f—ing ground.”

Gaga’s hits were belted out with gusto in the Broadway-esque spectacle. Introducing “Fame,” Gaga declared, “All you have to do is follow the glitter way.” As Gaga and her performers navigated their way to the “monster ball” (Oz) the crowd experienced a set that not only included the standard video screens and catwalks of pop shows today, but stage props and set designs that gave the multi-dimensional feel of being on a subway and in New York’s Central Park. Finally, the audience was confronted with the Fame Monster himself — a close cousin to Audrey Jr. from “The Little Shop of Horrors.”

Sprinkled between numbers and Broadway references was Lady Gaga’s unabashed pro-gay message. During “Boys, Boys, Boys,” Gaga demanded, “Celebrate your gay pride tonight.”

The audience was filled with LGBT fans who screamed and applauded with delight at each message calling for gay equality. Members of Servicemembers Legal Defense Network were in the audience and Gaga expressed her support for repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” She recounted several of the heartbreaking stories of those who have been discharged under the military’s gay ban. Gaga also gave a check for $20,000 at every show to her favorite local charity. (Her D.C. beneficiary was unconfirmed at press time.)

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