Las Vegas - Las Vegas is getting its newest pop fixture.
Britney Spears started her two-year residency at Planet
Hollywood Resort & Casino on Friday, just in time to catch the town's
massive New Year's Eve crowds.
The Grammy-winning singer will perform 50 shows each in 2014
and 2015. Casino executives say the gig may be extended if it proves a success.
Spears, 32, will recap her biggest hits, including Oops. I Did It Again, ...Baby One More Time and Toxic.
She will be singing along to a soundtrack of her own voice.
Kelly Frey, a spokesperson for Planet Hollywood parent
company Caesars Entertainment Corp., said the track is intended to help Spears
through the more physically gruelling sets.
A collection of pop stars, including Katy Perry and Miley
Cyrus, are expected to attend the opening.
Spears is among the youngest stars to have settled down to
quasi-retirement in Las Vegas. Other successful Strip headliners include Celine
Dion and Elton John.
The show takes place in a relatively intimate theatre with
nightclub touches, including table and bottle service. Tickets range from $59
Before the announcement of the residency, Spears' strongest
Las Vegas tie derived from her short-lived marriage here. A 22-year-old Spears
married her childhood friend in Sin City in 2004, and got the marriage annulled
55 hours later.
Spears made a grand Las Vegas entrance this month with
fire-breathers, contortionists, snake charmers and hunky dancers welcoming her
during a staged event at Planet Hollywood.
A portion of the Strip was temporarily closed so that she
could pull up to the casino in a convertible. Spears told Las Vegas, "this
is my city" now, then immediately went home to Los Angeles.
Spears has released seven platinum-plus albums since she
debuted on the music scene in 1999. Her eighth album, Britney Jean,
was released this month to tepid reviews.
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