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Britney Spears delivers a complete show

March 28, 2009

All those crazy things Britney Spears has done in the past three years … they’ve only made her fans love her more, judging by the deafening chants of “Brit-ney! Brit-ney!” before and after she took center ring last night at the Mellon Arena.

Since she was a teen, we’ve watched Britney rise and fall, and repeat, and now her star is burning bright again, with a No. 1 single and what might be the biggest spectacle any pop artist has put on a touring stage.

By Scott Mervis, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The money saved on silly little things like live musicians has been put to grand use in a Cirque-style production with dozens of dazzling acrobats, dancers, ninjas, clowns and strong men, and circus train full of props to lock up and unleash the star.

There were no malfunctions, wardrobe or otherwise, in the Pittsburgh show. And Britney, with a head full of hair, or a fantastic wig, looked radiant and in charge as ringmaster and seductress. Each song was choreographed like a video, ranging from the S&M scene of “Circus” to the lush Bollywood of “Me Against the Music” to the Phantom of the Opera look of “Freakshow.”

Britney wore a headset mike, but there was little need to. It was all clearly piped in. The only time when the vocals seemed even remotely live was on the one ballad, “Everytime.” Unlike old pal Christina Aguilera, who had her own circus, Ms. Spears sings these songs once in the studio — with much help from auto-tune — and the rest is smoke and mirrors.

Still, the demands on her were impressive in this circus: Along with the dancing and running in heels, she spun from ropes, disappeared in trap doors and executed lightning-quick costume changes, starting with the ringmaster suit and peaking with a sheer, tattooed body suit on “Breathe on Me/Touch of My Hand.”

When she played here earlier in the decade, people would complain if it got too suggestive. Now the only boundaries are legal ones, as the girls who were screaming back then for “… Baby One More Time” are grown up and back with their boyfriends and girlfriends rather than their moms.

Last night, they got more of an interpretation of the songs than a performance of them. But they still got their money’s worth. If there were an awards ceremony for tours, the “Circus” tour would be a leading contender for choreography, costumes, stunts, props and visual effects.

The Pussycat Dolls opened with a no-frills, 45-minute set pumped with piped-in music, aerobic dancing and the stunning presence of lead Doll Nicole Scherzinger.

Britney Spears: Comeback Kid

March 7, 2009

When her Circus tour pulls into the St. Pete Times Forum Sunday, it’ll be a splashy tent revival with magic and acrobats

"The Circus Starring Britney Spears" Tour Opens In New Orleans

“The Circus Starring Britney Spears” Tour Opens In New Orleans (Jeremy Cowart, Getty Images for Jive Records / March 6, 2009)

She’s been bubble-gum cute, a Lolita vixen, a mom, a mess. And now, Britney Spears is back again, as the Comeback Kid. When the pop star’s Circus tour pulls into the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa on Sunday, it’ll be a splashy tent revival with magic and acrobats. At times, the singer will be perched atop a giant umbrella, suspended from the ceiling and sawed in half as part of a magician’s routine.

Like a good magic trick, her comeback defies expectations, too. Circus yielded the pulsating hit “Womanizer,” that put Spears, 27, at the top of the pop singles chart for the first time since “Baby, One More Time” in 1998. The song’s one-week ascension from No. 96 to No. 1 set a Billboard record, recently broken by Kelly Clarkson.

And although she’s in the midst of a breach-of-contract lawsuit involving a former manager, the singer’s outrageous, occasionally panty-less tabloid exploits are in the past tense — for now, at least. In a music industry that is struggling, her tour is one of the bright spots.

“If you are deemed a must-see attraction, people are still ponying the money up,” says Gary Bongiovanni, editor-in-chief of Pollstar magazine. “A good example is the Britney Spears tour. It went on sale in the middle of the meltdown, and business has been very good.”

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Britney Spears: Mighty Aphrodite, Troublesome, Tawdry, Erotic New Show!

Actress/singer Britney Spears appears on ABC's "Good Morning America" to promote her new album "Circus" and celebrate her 27th birthday at Lincoln Center in New York City on December 2, 2008.    (UPI Photo/Ezio Petersen)
Actress/singer Britney Spears appears on ABC’s “Good Morning America” to promote her new album “Circus” and celebrate her 27th birthday at Lincoln Center in New York City on December 2, 2008. (UPI Photo/Ezio Petersen)

Britney Spears: Mighty Aphrodite, Troublesome, Tawdry, Erotic New Show!

March 6, 2009

“Britney Spears, the mighty Aphrodite with the troublesome tawdry streak, nonetheless renewed her claim as one of the world’s most adept manipulators of the public interest. Powering through a 90-minute show that integrated her impetuous teen hits with the more perverse material from the albums she released after a very public breakdown that made her a constant in the tabloids, the Louisiana native flashed her famous good ol’ girl smile at the fans, mostly female, who still find her a worthy patron saint of the erotic arts.”

–L.A. Times

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