Britney Spears begins long-term Las Vegas gig

7:29 AM, Dec 28, 2013   |    comments
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 03: Singer Britney Spears holds a bouquet of flowers at a welcome ceremony as she celebrates the release of her new album 'Britney Jean' and prepares for her two-year residency at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 3, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Spears' show 'Britney: Piece of Me' will debut at the resort on December 27, 2013. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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LAS VEGAS (AP) - Britney Spears has begun her early retirement in Las Vegas with a show that looks strikingly like the eye-popping Cirque du Soleil productions found elsewhere on the Strip.

The debut of Spears' long-term casino gig Friday kept an audience of about 4,500 on their feet for 90 minutes.

The young-for-Vegas crowd was there for the danceable hits and the spectacle, which included acrobatics, a ring of fire, confetti, a live band, frenetic costume changes and a frequently airborne Spears.

The show's production values are unusually high for a casino residency, often calling to mind the golden age of music videos.

Spears, 32, has signed on to perform 50 shows each in 2014 and 2015 at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino.

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