juan in the new york times.

may 1st 2008
Arts, Briefly

Free Madonna Show? Only for Die-Hard Fans

Published: May 1, 2008

The first ones lined up at 10 a.m. Monday. They brought Madonna memorabilia and warm clothes. Some had candy earrings in tribute to their heroine’s new album, “Hard Candy” (Warner Brothers), which went on sale Tuesday. They were outside the Roseland Ballroom on West 52nd Street in Manhattan, and the lucky ones would get free tickets to Madonna’s promotional show there. For this event Roseland had a capacity of 2,200, which by Madonna’s standards is as intimate as a basement club. At 6 a.m. on Wednesday 750 fans received wristbands entitling them to free tickets that night. But by noon a hundred or so still had not left; they just had to be the first to walk inside. “I told my bosses I was going to take four days off,” said Juan Romani, 34, of Pawcatuck, Conn., who was near the front of the line. “When I told them what I was doing, they thought I was crazy. But it’s Madonna.”

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