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Britney Spears wraps up her run at the Axis

The final performance of Britney: Piece of Me is set for December 31 at the Axis at Planet Hollywood.
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One of the most successful headlining productions of the modern era of Las Vegas Strip entertainment is coming to a close on New Year’s Eve.

It was this time of year in 2013 that Britney: Piece of Me made its debut at the Axis at Planet Hollywood, originally set for a two-year run of 100 shows. Britney Spears’ worldwide fanbase, however, wanted more. When it concludes, Piece of Me will have notched 249 shows in Las Vegas and more than 900,000 tickets sold (according to a Billboard projection).

Spears’ show—a musical and visual spectacle that combines elements of a concert tour with the full-on fabulous excess associated with traditional Strip productions—will be remembered as the next step of the resident headliner trend ignited by Celine Dion in 2003. Conventional wisdom would have Britney returning to the Strip for another run in the coming years, perhaps after an album and tour cycle; her 2016 release Glory generated some new hits and acclaim she hadn’t received since 2008’s Circus. Plus, the pop star has gushed about how much she loves performing in Las Vegas. Spears and Axis grew into an ideal pairing, as will be demonstrated with four more shows. Britney: Piece of Me at the Axis at Planet Hollywood, December 27, 28, 30 & 31.

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