Madonna, who recently stated that NYC gives her the zzz's, was stirring things up in town for an intimate performance last night. Her Madgesty took the Roseland Ballroom stage in front of 2,200 fans, for a show which demanded die-hards wait in line for what turned out to be 60 hours, just for a chance to get into. Fanatics? No. One of them, a Brooklynite, swears, “I’m not fanatical. But I do collect Madonna magazine covers, and I’ve got maybe 170 of them.”

Still, only 750 fans were rewarded the coveted wristband which gained them free entry; 1,000 were given to radio contest winners, and 200 to members of Madonna’s fan club. Presumably, the remaining 250 went to industry and personal friends of the singer. The NY Times reports on what went down indoors:

Halfway through her 32-minute set on Wednesday night at the Roseland Ballroom in Manhattan, Madonna offered a message of sympathy.

“All you people I saw sleeping in the street last night,” she said, “this song is for you. Anybody who knows me knows how much I hate to wait.”

The room roared with “Omigods” and lit up with digital camera flashes when Madonna emerged at 10:09 p.m. from behind a revolving stage barrier, dressed in shiny black and wearing lace-up boots.

Perhaps the greatest stage decor she had last night was Justin Timberlake, who joined her on one song and was promptly cornered by the Material


Cougar. All this was in celebration of "Hard Candy," her latest album, and her last on longtime label Warner Brothers; it came out this Tuesday.