Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013 | 5:57 p.m.
Britney Spears arrives in Las Vegas
Britney Spears brought her “circus” to town in her arrival at her new Planet Hollywood home this afternoon.
She arrived right on schedule in a 1958 white Chevy Impala convertible that led an eight-car cavalcade under police escort, and the roof was down so that she could wave to hundreds of fans lining the Strip.
There were 23 dancers, contortionists and acrobats balanced on a metal “tree of life” stage truss that was wheeled across the forecourt of the hotel casino. Gorgeous dancers who stripped down from schoolgirl outfits into the briefest of silver shorts and tops used the Planet Hollywood steps for their marching choreography.
The show and Britney’s arrival ran 10 minutes. She was dressed in a smart, one-piece, off-the-shoulder black dress. Some fans, many with “Happy Birthday” placards, lined up as early as 6 a.m. today.
Hotel President David Hoenemeyer presented Britney with a bouquet of roses to welcome her officially to the venue, congratulating her on her 32nd birthday and today’s release of her new album “Britney Jean.” Our interview with David will be posted later.
“I already feel like home here at Planet Hollywood,” said Britney. “It’s so nice to celebrate with this incredible welcome. I’m so excited for everyone to experience the new show. Now it’s just a few weeks.”
As I reported earlier today, Britney starts her onstage rehearsals in the new PH Live Theater on Dec. 10, with the world premiere Dec. 27. Hotel execs told me that the fully reconstructed theater will feature one of the largest indoor immersive stage productions in the world, creating what will be the most cutting-edge pop concert experience ever produced in Las Vegas.
“The video, the effects, the experience are unlike anything ever seen before in Las Vegas, certainly in America and very possibly the world,” David told me.
Planet Hollywood also confirmed my earlier report that her next set of second shows for spring and summer will go on sale to the public Saturday morning (Wednesday morning for American Express cardholders and Thursday morning for Caesars Entertainment Total Reward members).
General-ticket prices are $59 to $229, with special pricing for the Britney meet-and-greet and VIP front-row tables.
Her new dates start April 25 and run through Sept. 6. She’s off during June and July, but has dates for May and August. “It’s a tremendous vote of confidence in her icon status, and people who have seen the Los Angeles rehearsals have been blown away by what we have to expect,” added David.
Our thanks to Steve Marcus of the Las Vegas Sun and contributing photographers Erik Kabik of Retna and Tom Donoghue for their photo galleries and Richard Corey for his video posted on YouTube.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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Catering to the young and modern crowd, Planet Hollywood is a one-stop shop for entertainment with its massive shopping mall, slew of restaurants, spacious casino and clubs.
The ambiance of the casino is retro-chic meets high-tech with black granite floors throughout and colorful LED lights throughout the space. The theme carries into the 100,000 square-foot casino with 250 flat screens topping off slot machines. The casino is also home to 87 tables, a sports book and a poker room.
There's also the Miracle Mile Shops, one Vegas' largest malls, with 140 stores including BCBG Max Azaria, bebe, Urban Outfitters and The Discovery Channel Store.
Following an afternoon of shopping, guests can satisfy their appetites at one of the gourmet restaurants in Planet Hollywood, like the non-traditional approach to steakhouses at Strip House or check out the exotic Far East motif at KOI restaurant and lounge. And if guests are still looking for more, they can spend the after hours at Privé, Triq or Krave nightclubs.
Perhaps one of the resorts biggest attractions came in March with the addition of "Peepshow." The naughty twist on the story of Little Bo Peep is modern-day spin on the run-of-the-mill Vegas topless review. The "Peepshow" stage has seen visiting celebs like Scary Spice Mel B, "Dancing with the Stars" Kelly Monaco and Playboy's Holly Madison.