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“It’s a new chapter in the Britney Spears saga,” says her manager Larry Rudolph, who’s standing outside of a rehearsal studio at CenterStaging in Burbank, Calif. It’s a typically sunny Los Angeles morning and dozens of scantily clad dancers have flocked to Studio 10 to audition for Spears’ upcoming residency show at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.
“It started off at 600 and now we’re down to 28,” Rudolph tells Billboard, adding that 14 dancers total will be chosen for the two-year show, titled “Britney Spears: Piece of Me.” “Britney is coming today and she’ll be making the final selection.”
Indeed, Spears’ camp is in full residency mode as the Dec. 27 opening date quickly approaches. The singer’s approximately 90-minute performances will take place inside a 4,600-capacity planetarium-like theater with traditional seating, a dance floor, private tables and bottle service. The Baz Halpin-directed show will feature 21 of Spears’ greatest hits and new music from her as-yet-untitled eighth studio album, due Dec. 3. In addition to 14 dancers, the concerts will also feature a four-piece band and state-of-the-art visuals. She’s slated to perform 50 shows per year in 2014 and 2015.
“I’m almost having to hold back the floodgates, because she wants to start rehearsing right now,” says Halpin, who’s also on-site selecting dancers with his team at Silent House Productions, which has designed tours by such pop acts as Katy Perry, P!nk and Taylor Swift. “I’ve never seen an artist so pumped and excited. She’s been doing religious vocal and choreography for months and months. So I’m waiting for this unleashed furry of rehearsal energy when we get started.”
After Billboard broke intimate details about Spears’ nightclub-like residency in an exclusive interview with Caesars Entertainment VP of entertainment Kurt Melien, rumors have been swirling around the web about lackluster ticket sales (the first 16 concerts went on sale Sept. 20) and whether the pop singer will lip-synch her way through performances. We caught up with Rudolph (who was momentarily sidetracked during this interview by a call from his other red-hot client Miley Cyrus: “She just put out a new version of ‘Wrecking Ball,’ which I think will get an equal amount of (web) hits,” he says) at CenterStaging.
Below, Rudolph sets the record straight to Billboard about the latest set of rumors surrounding Spears’ Las Vegas residency, and divulges exclusive details about the pop superstar’s eighth album and potential next single.
Billboard: First off, let’s clear the air about whether Britney Spears will be lip-syncing during her Las Vegas residency shows. Can you set the record straight on this subject?
Larry Rudolph: She’s going to be singing live. She does choreography and vocal coaching every day. The vocal coaching is really just to strengthen her voice and get her to a point where she can go out there every night and do a full show.
It’s hard for the public to fully understand what goes on when you get on stage and you’re dancing full out during a song. No matter what anyone says, there’s not a single artist who goes out there and does full choreography and is singing without a vocal track underneath them at the same time. It’s physically impossible. We’re just trying to build up her stamina and get her to a point where she can do as much as humanly possible. The idea is to try to get her pretty close to 100%. There might be some numbers where she’s full out dancing with a (vocal) track underneath her, but there won’t be any lip-syncing across the board on anything.