February 19, 1999 12:00 AM

Ricky Martin’s got Rockefeller Center in an uproar. The Manhattan office complex (where PEOPLE Online has its office, too) handed out maps to workers showing ways to avoid the thousands of frenzied fans who showed up for the 27-year-old singer’s Friday 8:30 a.m. appearance on the “Today” show. The viewing area holds about 1,200 people, but police were braced for thousands more and warned that they might have to close some streets. As Martin, in a form-fitting white shirt (over a white undershirt), sang — his repertoire included his hit “Livin’ la Vida Loca” — “Today” host Katie Couric noted, “I don’t know if anybody can hear him over the screaming.” Co-host Matt Lauer said the crowd was possibly second only to that for the annual lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree.

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