Britney Spears opens to mixed reviews in Vegas

Britney Spears opens to mixed reviews in Vegas

Britney Spears gambles on two years in Sin City

By (AFP)

Published: Mon 30 Dec 2013, 11:44 AM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 3:15 AM

BRITNEY SPEARS LATE Friday opened a two-year sojourn in Sin City with a dazzling performance to a crowd of adoring fans.

The former enfant terrible of US pop wowed some 4,600 fans with a stunning show at the Axis Theater at the city’s Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino. The songstress was hired to perform her new spectacle, titled Piece of Me, 50 times a year in 2014 and 2015.

“Wow... perfect audience for the 1st #PieceOfMe show! That was AMAZING! I <3 you Vegas!!!” the 32 year-old Spears wrote on Twitter.

In the 90-minute extravaganza, Spears lip-synched more than 20 songs, including many of the hits she had over her 15-year career from former Disney starlet in the late 1990s to pop diva of the 2000s. Against a backdrop of stunning video projections, Spears performed such hits as Toxic, Womanizer, Baby One More Time, Scream and Shout, and Till the World Ends.

Spears, who has sold some 100 million albums so far in her career, had help from a troupe of dancers that writhed, wiggled and did back flips at a steady pace throughout the show.

After being delivered on stage inside a metal sphere, Spears showed up in a large winged angel costume to sing Everything, while she sang Toxic perched on a giant stage tree.

For Freakshow she dressed as a dominatrix for the kind of skit that has become de rigueur for female singers in the post-Madonna era.

“It’s a lot better than expected. I love her, I’m a big fan,” said spectator Alfredo Carrillo after the show. “She was on stage more than expected, not too many outfit changes, a lot of songs, a lot of energy.”

Some of the singer’s fans came from far and wide to see the star perform.

“I am a fan from the very beginning. I came from Bologna, Italy, just to see her the first night,” said a woman named Chiara. “This is the best of all her shows.”

However John Cannavale, a resident of Chicago, said he was “disappointed by the lip-synch” throughout the performance.

Several big-name stars on hand for the premier on the famed Las Vegas strip included Katy Perry and pop’s current enfant terrible, Miley Cyrus.

Spears thanked them both, especially writing to Perry on Twitter: “Was SOOOO good to see you again girl! Glad we could make our Vegas date happen :)”

During her time in Vegas, Spears is banned from performing anywhere else in North America.

Acording to, the 73,600 seats for the first 16 Britney Spears concerts — the only ones currently for sale — are nearly all sold out.

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