Super Bowl Entertainment a Touchdown

Stars fill pre-game and half-time shows for January 30 game

by Julie Keller

Super Bowl XXXIV has been hit by a “Ray of Light.”

Madonna, the Material Girl herself, is just one of a galaxy of stars set to perform during the pre-game and half-time shows at the January 30 football game in Atlanta.

The Grammy winning singer will be debuting her new single, a Madonna-cized rendition of Don MacClean’s classic “American Pie,” from her latest movie The Next Best Thing. She’ll be joining Tina Turner and country crooner Travis Tritt in the pre-game performance, dubbed “Great American Music of the 20th Century.”

And that’s just the beginning.

Planners have also organized a star-studded, Disneyfied half-time performance with a heartthrob for everyone. The Baby Boomers can groove to Phil Collins. The teeny boppers can scream at Christina Aguilera and Enrique Iglesias. And sexy Toni Braxton is just one more babe who’ll be joining a stadium so full of Disney minions, it puts Disneyland to shame.

“Marking the milestone of the year 2000 in a special way is the mission for this Super Bowl half-time show,” says NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabut. “We’re pleased to have Disney with us again to continue the tradition of magical halftime entertainment.”

2000 marks the sixth year the Mouse House has had control of the show, and they’re promising to please with their A-list musicians, hundreds of drummers and percussionists, a full orchestra, life-sized puppets, aerial dancers and a choir. The 10-minute show, called “Tapestry of Nations,” will air on ABC for all to see.

Oh, and there will be football before and after.