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Britney Spears begins Las Vegas residency, breaking budgets and pleasing fans

 
This week saw the opening night of Britney Spears’ new show “Britney: Piece of Me”, the show has one of the largest production costs of any typical casino residencies, and the show was nothing short of spectacular. The crowd was a little younger than any other show that you might catch on the strip, bringing in a new audience that Vegas hopes to turn into a profit in 2014.
 
Over 4,000 people packed the concert-appearance, which went on for about 90 minutes for the opening night. Half circus, half dance routine, the performances included live-music, flying acrobatics and Britney herself in a dozen or more costume changes throughout the night.
 
Spears may be a little older than many fans may remember, now at 32 she has agreed to perform 50 shows in 2014 and again in 2015 at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Spears now joins the ranks of Elton John and Celine Dion, who have agreed to similar contracts in the past. All of the classic Spears’ songs were accounted for during the night, reminding everyone of the heyday when Spears ruled the charts in the late 1990s or early 2000s.
 
Britney-Spears-Vegas-InsertThe giant monitors that flanked the stage even displayed Spear’s in her prime, the same monitors offered fans in the back a look at the stage during the event. Tickets for the show ranged from $59 for back-seats, up to almost $200 a ticket for a better view of the pop mega-star. As for the performance itself, Caesars Entertainment Corp. told the AP that Spears sings for the entire performance, but it should be clarified that Spears sang over her own recordings at different points. This is very typical however when you have a performance that is as dance-heavy as Spears routine was, you can’t jump around as often as Spears did that night and still hit every note.
 
From being tossed into the air, to becoming an angel herself, Spears seemed to have held nothing back and the show seemed to be a hit with everyone in attendance.