Madonna has become one of the best selling music artists in popular music since her debut in 1982, with the The Guinness World Records listing Madonna as the most successful female recording artist of all time. Her career since then has seen her release many chart topping albums, with the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. estimating Madonna having sold 200 million albums worldwide by August 2006. She is also a consistant seller worldwide on the singles charts, having sold an estimated 75 million singles up to August 2005 according to The Daily Telegraph. She has also featured in several movies over the decades including Evita as well as contributing to their soundtracks.
In 1986 Madonna appeared in a workshop of Goose and Tom-Tom written by David Rabe and directed by Gregory Mosher, Madonna played "Gum chewing gun moll" Lorraine and starred along her then-husband Sean Penn and Harvey Keitel.
In 1988 Madonna made her Broadway debut in David Mamet's Speed-the-Plow, which was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play. While generally receiving negative notes, the New York Times congratulated her for the "intelligent, scrupulously disciplined comic acting."
In 2002, she made a London West End theatre debut in a version of Australian plawright David Williamson's play Up For Grabs. The setting was relocated from Sydney to New York. Generally criticised for her lack of technical ability, a critic used in his review a line from the play: "If you think a big marketing budget will sell any old junk, you'd be wrong. It's got to be quality junk".