Britney Spears | Piece of Me [Vegas Residency & 2018 Tour]

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Postby samra » Tue Oct 01, 2013 6:22 am

New Article From Billboard

Billboard wrote:Over the past four months, award-winning touring director Baz Halpin has been working tirelessly on designing the production, visuals and lighting for Britney Spears’ upcoming nightclub-esque residency at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.

“The level of detail in this show is ridiculous,” says Halpin, whose full-service production company Silent House has designed mega-tours by such superstar pop acts as Katy Perry, P!nk and Taylor Swift. “I get into the office at 7 a.m. and probably put down the phone at 11 p.m. It’s non-stop every day.”

It’s a sunny late-September morning at CenterStaging in Burbank, Calif., and Halpin is sipping a cappuccino while on break from auditioning hundreds of dancers for the two-year show, titled "Britney Spears: Piece of Me." The residency’s Dec. 27 launch date is quickly approaching and Halpin has been speaking directly with Spears about every 10 days on new ideas for the show.

“It’s sort of like a visual variety show in that we’re touching on all the things that excite her,” Halpin explains to Billboard in an exclusive interview about "Piece of Me." “It’s pieces of her imagination, pieces of her dreams and pieces of her life.”

For the residency, Spears will perform 50 shows per year through 2015 inside a 4,600-capacity planetarium-like theater that boasts a stage twice the size of any you’d see in a large-sized arena, Halpin says. The reconstructed facility also features state-of-the art video technology, an elevated anchor-shaped stage with a surrounding dance floor beneath, private tables and couches with bottle service, and traditional tiered seating with enough room for dancing.

“Visually, the show is going to be extraordinary, especially in such a small environment where you’re not used to seeing her,” Spears’ manager Larry Rudolph tells Billboard outside of CenterStaging’s Studio 10, where dance auditions are taking place. “She’ll be able to see everybody’s face in the entire theater.”

Backed by 14 dancers and a four-piece band, Spears will perform 21 of her greatest hits and some music from her as-yet-untitled eighth studio album, due Dec. 3 on RCA Records. Halpin says the approximately 100-minute, fan-centric show will take on the feel of a contemporary Las Vegas nightclub. Many of Spears’ older hits will be rearranged and modernized to complement the show’s club-like ambiance.

“It’s very difficult to take all those songs in the context on a 100-minute show and make them all work musically together, because you have 'Work Bitch' on one hand and '…Baby One More Time' on the other,” says Halpin, who also worked on Cher’s three-year residency at Las Vegas’ Colosseum at Caesars Palace in 2008. “They’re incredibly different sonically. So we’ve taken every piece of music in the show and -- if it’s an older hit -- given it a modern, new and interesting take on it. Some of the newer hits we’ve worked into medleys.”

Spears’ residency performances will be divided into eight parts that span the 31-year-old singer’s career, and incorporate truckloads of stage props and costumes designed by Marco Marco. The Squared Division’s Antony Ginandjar and Ashley Evans are choreographing “Piece of Me,” with Natural serving as the show’s musical director. Halpin’s team at Silent House also includes assistant director Melissa Garcia and director of design Chris Nyfield.

Although Halpin declined to give away too many thematic details about the residency, he did divulge that there will be an elaborate homage to Spears’ 2008 album, “Circus.” Another section, he says, is heavily influenced by Japanese cinema in the vein of the Ang Lee-directed film “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.” Additionally, Spears' manager Rudolph hints that the performances could feature such production elements as rain, fire and snow.

“In this visual variety show, we’re trying to make each act the most vivid representation of her dreams as possible -- what she thinks, what her imagination is and what’s inside her head,” Halpin explains. “We’ve utilized the most state-of-the-art technology. A lot of it is groundbreaking stuff that we haven’t done before.”

Montreal-based multimedia company Geodezik is overseeing video for the show, which includes a 300-foot projection screen that wraps around the inside custom-built walls of the theater. Halpin says fans won’t know what hit them once they step into the facility.

“The lobby will have all sorts of cool and interesting memorabilia, bars and some secret things I can’t tell you about that will involve the audience in the show,” he says. “When they walk into the theater, they’re not walking in with house lights on with an usher showing them to their seats; they’re walking into a massive club. When the show starts, it becomes an extension of the club. Britney becomes the main event of this club.”

The format of the show could change over the next two years, the director says.

“If you go see Britney in December and then go see her six months after that, there’s no guarantee it’s going to be the same show,” he says. “It’s structured so that over the next two years, as she continues to create new music, the show will swap in and out.”

Halpin declined to discuss specifics about the cost of producing the show, but says he hasn’t yet run into any budgetary roadblocks.

“You get nervous about budgets, because you usually have creatives on one side and accountants on the other. They don’t like to meet in the middle,” he says. “Everybody gets the importance of this show and everybody is 100% onboard with trying to make sure they deliver [Spears'] vision.”

There has also been some talk in the press lately about whether Spears will lip-sync her way through the two-year show. But Halpin says the artist has been taking vocal lessons for the past three months and is ready for the challenge.

“She’s more focused on singing than she is on dance. But it’s still a 100% dance show,” he says. “She’s known for her iconic dance routines. The choreography she’s done is iconic. So she’s got to bring that. That means sometimes there are background vocals in the chorus. That’s the nature. But it’s not 100% lip-syncing, either. She fully intends on singing the show.”
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Postby Guru » Fri Oct 04, 2013 5:52 am

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I just read the bold parts :lol:
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Postby Noahh » Sat Oct 19, 2013 10:29 pm

Britney said in an interview with UK radio, that we will be seeing some iconic outfits from the music videos on stage in Vegas!! :D

I'm excited to see which outfits she'll bring to the stage.

Let's hope for the old choreographies as well. :P
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Postby GetBack » Sat Oct 19, 2013 11:37 pm

They'll probably just showcase the outfits in a display outside the venue, I don't think she will wear all her old costumes and outfits from the videos in the actual show. :lol: :lol:
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Postby Noahh » Sat Oct 19, 2013 11:39 pm

GetBack wrote:They'll probably just showcase the outfits in a display outside the venue, I don't think she will wear all her old costumes and outfits from the videos in the actual show. :lol: :lol:
You think so?! :(

I was dying to see some outfits on stage. :P
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Postby Noahh » Tue Dec 03, 2013 2:32 pm

Take a first look of the "Britney Spears: Piece Of Me" Vegas show tour stage:

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Postby Ivica » Tue Dec 03, 2013 3:33 pm

looks great :D
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Postby rihannanavytilldie » Tue Dec 03, 2013 6:36 pm

nickf1 wrote:looks great :D
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Postby joiPrince_JO » Tue Dec 03, 2013 7:16 pm

rihannanavytilldie wrote:
nickf1 wrote:looks great :D
Minus will.i.am :roll:
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Postby Cmyk » Tue Dec 03, 2013 7:21 pm

joiPrince_JO wrote:
rihannanavytilldie wrote:
nickf1 wrote:looks great :D
Minus will.i.am :roll:
What are the other two people next to him?
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Postby Noahh » Tue Dec 03, 2013 7:51 pm

Cmyk wrote:
joiPrince_JO wrote:
rihannanavytilldie wrote:
nickf1 wrote:looks great :D
Minus will.i.am :roll:
What are the other two people next to him?
Probably just models/dancers they used for the video backdrops...
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Postby Noahh » Tue Dec 03, 2013 7:51 pm

You can see a slightly bigger photo of the setup of the stage here:

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Postby MrLeonix » Tue Dec 03, 2013 8:06 pm

Noahh wrote:You can see a slightly bigger photo of the setup of the stage here:

https://scontent-b-lga.xx.fbcdn.net/hph ... 0410_n.jpg
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Postby Noahh » Tue Dec 03, 2013 8:39 pm

MrLeonix wrote:
Noahh wrote:You can see a slightly bigger photo of the setup of the stage here:

https://scontent-b-lga.xx.fbcdn.net/hph ... 0410_n.jpg
S&S , BFB or ISBE performance?
I doubt she'll do Big Fat Bass as it's a greatest hits show + new songs and BFB wasn't a single so...

I reckon it will be a S&S/ISBE medley.
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Postby MrLeonix » Tue Dec 03, 2013 8:51 pm

Noahh wrote:I doubt she'll do Big Fat Bass as it's a greatest hits show + new songs and BFB wasn't a single so...

I reckon it will be a S&S/ISBE medley.
Yeah since Will.I.am is on the backdrops I guess its the set of one of those songs performances.

The show is confirmed to be a mix of her biggest hits and songs from her new album. Lets say the setlist will include 5 songs from her new album.

I want this:

New songs:
Work bitch
Perfume (the dreaming mix)
Alien
Till its gone
It should be easy (I don't want it but judging by the set its pretty much confirmed)

16 Old hits:
Baby one more time
(You drive me) Crazy
Oops I did it again
Stronger
I'm a slave 4 U
Boys (I don't want it but we all know she will perform it)
Me against the music
Toxic
Everytime
Gimme More
Piece of me
Womanizer
Circus
3
Hold it against me
Till the world ends

PS: Seeing performances of songs like "Lucky" and "My prerogative" in Vegas would be amazing and so appropiate and themed . . . but I doubt those songs make the cut.
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Postby Noahh » Tue Dec 03, 2013 11:47 pm

NEW TOUR DATES!

April: Fri 25 | Sat 26 | Wed 30

May: Fri 2 | Sat 3 | Wed 7 | Fri 9 | Sat 10 | Wed 14 | Fri 16 | Sat 17

August: Sat 16 | Tue 19 | Sat 23 | Wed 27 | Sat 30 | Sun 31

September: Wed 3 | Fri 5 | Sat 6

20 new dates in total!
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Postby GetBack » Tue Dec 03, 2013 11:49 pm

They said she will perform 21 of her hits!

I guess it will be the following:
1. "...Baby One More Time"
2. "(You Drive Me) Crazy"
3. "Oops!...I Did It Again"
4. "Stronger"
5. "I'm a Slave 4 U"
6. "Boys"
7. "Me Against the Music"
8. "Toxic"
9. "Everytime"
10. "Gimme More"
11. "Piece of Me"
12. "Womanizer"
13. "Circus"
14. "If U Seek Amy"
15. "3"
16. "Hold It Against Me"
17. "Till the World Ends"
18. "I Wanna Go"
19. "Scream & Shout"
20. "Work Bitch"
21. "Perfume"
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Postby Slave » Wed Dec 04, 2013 7:57 am

Vegas Welcomes Britney Event

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Postby Ivica » Wed Dec 04, 2013 9:41 am

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Postby Gagich » Wed Dec 04, 2013 9:50 am

Indeed flawless!! 8-)
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Postby samra » Wed Dec 04, 2013 10:02 am

She looks beautiful!!! Hope this is on the documentary!

I hope she kills it. I really do. I want this to be a resounding success for her!
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Postby menime123 » Wed Dec 04, 2013 10:11 pm

Just to throw a spanner into the works, maybe the backdrop in the image means Will.I.Am has recorded Pharrel's part in Boys? :wink:
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Postby MrLeonix » Wed Dec 04, 2013 10:56 pm

I read both "Piece of me" and "Stronger" are confirmed to be performed on her Vegas shows. good choices. :wink: that would be her first "Stronger" performance more than a decade.
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Postby Noahh » Wed Dec 04, 2013 10:58 pm

Stronger?! :o

OMFG YESSSSS!!! :cry:

Another reason for me to go see the queen in Vegas! 8-)
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Postby joiPrince_JO » Thu Dec 05, 2013 5:48 am

Ugh she looks flawless :cry:
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