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Britney Spears is back in Las Vegas to begin stage rehearsals for ‘Piece of Me’

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Britney Spears celebrates her official arrival at Planet Hollywood on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013.

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Britney Spears on the January 2014 cover of InStyle.

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Mark your territory: Britney Spears has arrived on the Strip for her “Piece of Me” takeover in the middle of a whirlwind of publicity and promotion ahead of the Dec. 27 world premiere at Planet Hollywood.

Today she steps foot on her new PH Live stage for the first time to run the technical and costume rehearsals. “She has the show down, and today all the bells and whistles are added — the incredible, never-before-seen video wall effects, the stage and the sound effects,” I was reliably told.

“It’s an amazing show. It’s intimate and close up for fans. It’s better than you have ever expected from Britney. It’s one of the largest indoor immersive stage productions in the world creating what will be the most cutting-edge pop concert experience ever produced for Las Vegas. Her new theater is an absolute first for America and maybe the world.”

Today’s first staging follows on the heels of her official welcome arrival one week ago at Planet Hollywood. It coincides with the release of the video of her new single “Perfume” and the sneak preview of Friday’s newsstand release of the January InStyle.

E! Entertainment cameras are following her almost around the clock for a 90-minute special that will broadcast twice back-to-back (8 and 9:30 p.m.) on Sunday, Dec. 22, five days before her opening night. Expect to see Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry and Mario Lopez in the front row to cheer on Britney.

In a Q+A before she left L.A., Britney talked about “Piece of Me.”

“It’s all coming together now as one big piece,” she said. “There are so many things going on in the show. We haven’t done it with the clothes, and we haven’t done it with all the water gags and all the quick changes yet. It’s a one-of-a-kind completely different from any show I’ve ever done. It’s definitely the hardest and probably the funnest, too."

Britney says the Las Vegas spectacular is something she had always dreamed of: “It’s actually really funny because it’s something that I’ve always wanted to do. It’s something that I’ve always kind of had in the back of my mind that I’ve always wanted to do, but I’ve never really followed through with it. Finally I took a grip on it and said this is what I want to do.”

Britney’s first run will wind down Feb. 22. To meet demand, tickets for her second set of shows April 25 through Sept. 6 have already gone on sale ahead of the opening.

In our initial coverage of Britney’s arrival last week, Britney said: “We’re going to have a party. We will have that vibe in the theater, and people there will really feel they are with me inside the show. This is the most dancing I’ve ever done, and the show will allow fans to feel closer to me than we’ve ever had possible before.

“There are a lot of different, interesting aspects and a lot of moments where the audience feels like they’re in the show with us, a lot of special effects like that.”

The Britney rumors have already begun: Gossip website Celebrity Fix said in an exclusive this morning that Britney will marry her lawyer boyfriend David Lucado on New Year’s Eve here in a wedding chapel. However, nobody believes it to be true.

“She’s totally focused on the show right now. Yes, it’s true she’s said that she’d like to remarry sometime and add to her family, but that’s for a lot later down the road,” I was told.

However, Britney is expected to find a home here in Las Vegas for her two sons, Sean and Jayden, and herself for her two-year residency at Planet Hollywood — and that, too, could be extended just like Celine Dion and Shania Twain have done with their contracts at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace.

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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