BATD ON Feb 20, 2014 AT 4:07 pm

by Valirie Morgan

Britney Spears 'Piece of Me' Las Vegas.

Britney Spears ‘Piece of Me’ Las Vegas.

It’s been almost two months since Britney Spears took up residency in Las Vegas, and the pop queen is proving she’s stronger than ever in her show, ‘Britney: Piece of Me’. With the gig scheduled to run through to next year, Spears will perform 100 shows at Planet Hollywood’s 7,000-seat Axis theatre. The 32-year-old is turning a new page in her career (the whole paparrazi-attacking, head-shaving fiasco of 2007 is well in the past!) and the ‘Britney: Piece of Me’ show reminds us of how far she’s come since stepping into the spotlight as a teenager.

While Sin City used to be known as a place for has-beens to try and breathe even a small bit of life into their careers, the tide has recently turned – just look at the success of shows by Céline Dion and Sir Elton John. Britney is drawing a new demographic to the Strip with her show, focusing on younger audiences and playing host to a much more energetic crowd. It’s paying off, too, ‘Britney: Piece of Me’ has been given the stamp of approval by pop royalty including Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez and Lady Gaga, all of whom attended shows at the opening of Britney’s Vegas stint.

Lady Gaga posed with Britney Spears after seeing her show in Las Vegas.

Lady Gaga posed with Britney Spears after seeing her show in Las Vegas.

‘Britney: Piece of Me’ is a lavish, flashy tour through Spears’s vast collection of chart-topping hits, including ‘Oops…I Did It Again’, ‘Toxic’, ‘Circus’, ‘Stronger’, and even recent additions like ‘Perfume’ from her latest album, Britney Jean. She’s joined onstage by 14 backup dancers as she catapults through a setlist of two dozen songs, complete with multiple wardrobe and wig changes.

When it comes to the critics, though, Britney’s show has garnered mixed reviews. Many have praised ‘Piece of Me’ for having out-of-this-world production values; the extravagant costumes and sets present the audience with no shortage of sights to take in. However, some have voiced concern over suspicion that Spears is lip-synching her performance (her spokespeople have denied the allegation). MTV News reviewer Sophie Schillaci summed up her experience at the show as an overall enjoyable time, saying:

‘If you’re looking for a powerhouse vocal performance in your Vegas entertainment, head over to The Coliseum for Celine Dion. But Britney fans will find no better show on the strip than ‘Piece of Me.’ What ultimately felt like a greatest hits marathon — with plenty of glitter on top — is sure to please the die-hards, and even those who have never shelled out money for a Spears album are likely find themselves singing right along.’

Britney's 'Piece of Me' show in Vegas.

Britney’s ‘Piece of Me’ show in Vegas.

She has had a few slip-ups during the shows and rehearsals, but Brit has handled them gracefully so far: at one show her microphone pack flew off, at another the corset she was wearing ripped open in the back, and she narrowly avoided a major wardrobe malfunction. But don’t worry – Spears is a seasoned pro, and ‘Britney: Piece of Me’ is getting even better with each night’s performance! Britney is definitely working hard, and it shows. We simply can’t get enough of her sparkly costumes and, of course, her signature dance routines…the only thing missing is the snake on her shoulders from the ‘I’m a Slave 4 U’ performance at the 2001 Video Music Awards!

Thinking about getting the Britney experience in Las Vegas? You can read more about the show itself and purchase tickets on the Planet Hollywood website. Check out some of Britney’s Instagram pictures from her time in Sin City (and backstage at the show!) below in the meantime…

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