Melanie Martinez and the Trilogy Tour at MSG

Melanie Martinez’s return to New York City on June 5th for her Trilogy Tour at Madison Square Garden (Night One) marked a significant moment for the artist and her fans. Following her memorable performance at Radio City Music Hall last year, Melanie once again captivated her audience with a meticulously crafted show that highlighted her evolution as an artist.

As a native New Yorker, she played to a packed arena filled with passionate fans of all genders and ages; a true testament to her enduring appeal and artistic vision.

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Melanie Martinez 6/5/2024. Photo by Emma Goldschmidt

Melanie Martinez: An Album Retrospective

Martinez’s Trilogy Tour followed her journey as an artist through her 3 existing albums: Crybaby, K-12, and Portals. Her debut studio album, Cry Baby, was released in 2015. It was a concept album that told the story of a character named Cry Baby through whimsical yet dark songs.

Her sophomore album, K-12, released in 2019. This continued the story of Cry Baby with a corresponding feature film; showcasing Melanie’s talents not just as a musician but also as a filmmaker and storyteller.

In 2022, Portals explored themes of rebirth and transformation, marked by an ethereal and otherworldly aesthetic. Known for her theatrical live performances, Melanie’s concerts are immersive experiences that blend music, visual art, and storytelling.

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Melanie Martinez 6/5/2024. Photo by Emma Goldschmidt

Album 1: Crybaby

The concert began with a bang as Melanie appeared on an elevated platform for “Crybaby,” dressed in a pink cotton dress surrounded by dancers in bunny ears and “crybaby” costumes. The stage backdrop featured cradle imagery, setting the tone for the whimsical and dark narrative that defines the Crybaby album. Fans dressed in elf ears, dresses, and bows screamed in delight as the platform gradually lowered, seamlessly transitioning into “Doll House.” Here, Melanie and her dancers performed a doll-like choreography, with expressive movements that visually spelled out “d-o-l-l-h-o-u-s-e.”

The attention to detail continued with “Sippy Cup,” where her dress swayed to the beat as she reached the main stage. The show maintained its high energy with “Carousel,” featuring a two-headed rabbit carousel and pyrotechnics that mirrored the burning carousel imagery. For “Alphabet Boy,” Melanie rose on a platform stylized as alphabet blocks. During “Soap,” actual bubbles filled the stage, enchanting the audience.

“Pity Party” brought inflatable candles to the stage, with heart-shaped balloons falling from the ceiling during the song’s climax. Melanie’s playful use of a pink axe added a dramatic flair, much to the crowd’s delight. The first album segment concluded with “Play Date” and “Mad Hatter,” with Melanie disappearing in a cloud of smoke.

Melanie Martinez
Melanie Martinez 6/5/2024. Photo by Emma Goldschmidt

Album 2: K-12

Transitioning into the K-12 segment, the stage transformed into a school bus that landed in front of a school backdrop, revealing Melanie in her schoolgirl costume. The nostalgic “Wheels on the Bus” set the stage for the school-themed songs, including “Class Fight,” where Melanie and a dancer balanced on a seesaw.

“Show and Tell” saw Melanie as a marionette, complete with ribbons tied to her wrists, which she dramatically broke free from at the song’s end. The theatricality continued with “Nurses Office,” where Melanie was wheeled out on a gurney by dancers dressed as nurses. “Strawberry Shortcake” featured Melanie on a platform stylized as a strawberry shortcake, glowing ethereally.

“Lunchbox Friends” depicted a narrative acted out by dancers, while “Teacher’s Pet” was a solo performance with Melanie emerging from a desk, rolling on the ground, and utilizing fire pyrotechnics. “High School Sweethearts” featured dancers parading with lit-up sweetheart candies bearing cheeky messages, culminating with Melanie being “shot” by a cupid’s arrow on screen and lowered beneath the stage.

Melanie Martinez 6/5/2024. Photo by Emma Goldschmidt

Album 3: Portals

The final segment, focusing on the Portals album, began with “DEATH,” aligning with the theme of rebirth. Melanie appeared in a floral, earthy dress with a fairy/alien mask, surrounded by dancers in minimalist forest nymph attire. The stage transformed into a cemetery, complete with giant headstones and a gate opening on the screen.

In “VOID,” Melanie danced with her mask on against a backdrop of a wispy black void. “TUNNEL VISION” featured a light ring that followed her, creating a mesmerizing effect. “FAERIE SOIREE” brought inflatable mushrooms to the stage, while “LIGHT SHOWER” had Melanie sitting on a giant slug prop, twirling gracefully.

“SPIDER WEB” saw Melanie donning wings on a platform, accompanied by a dancer in a fly costume, portraying a passionate young fan. “BATTLE OF THE LARYNX” was a dramatic solo performance where Melanie wielded a sword against a dragon on screen, complete with intense fire pyrotechnics.

Melanie Martinez 6/5/2024. Photo by Emma Goldschmidt

Night One of Melanie Martinez’s Madison Square Garden run was a spectacular blend of music, theatrics, and storytelling. Each song was a meticulously crafted experience, demonstrating Melanie’s unparalleled attention to detail and artistic integrity. From her set designs and elaborate costumes to her dynamic choreography and powerful vocals, Melanie proved why she remains a trailblazer in the music industry. Her return to New York was nothing short of triumphant, leaving fans eagerly anticipating what she will create next.

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