Britney Spears Having “Issues” With Las Vegas Show, Upset Over “Small” Stage?

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Britney Spears has issues with small stage size for her Las Vegas shows at Planet Hollywood,” reads the headline of another misguided New York Daily News story. According to the paper, the pop star is complaining that the venue’s stage is “too small for her and is demanding to know where the pyrotechnics will be.”

The Daily News claims Spears’ show will take place “in the old ‘Peepshow quarters,” with the “same tiny stage” remaining in place. “When Celine Dion came to Vegas, they built her the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, and that was a production just for her. When Britney was announced, they barely touched the stage,” a so-called “source” tells the tabloid, alleging, “She’ll be on the same stage as Holly [Madison] was with a pole. Producers think Britney can make do with two balloons and a feather boa.”

The tab’s “tipster” adds, “There is a new set, but they have not gone all out. It’s like Britney unplugged, and Britney literally cannot be unplugged.” The newspaper goes on to regurgitate its inaccurate claims from last week that Spears will lip-synch during the shows, and further alleges that Planet Hollywood staffers have since been “given a ‘cheat sheet’ of canned answers to give fans and clients if asked about her performance.”

“Everyone connected with this production is freaking out because there is so much at stake,” says the paper’s supposed source. “The purpose of the cheat sheet was so staff could be economical with the truth if fans were to question them about Britney lip-synching.”

Enough. The Daily News, which seems to be on a bizarre mission to paint Spears’ plans in a bad light, is overlooking one crucial detail. The singer’s revue has been in the works for months. The implication that Spears is only just now learning about the stage set-up, after the contract was signed, and after the plans were unveiled, is preposterous. In any case, a rep for Spears tells Gossip Cop that the Daily News’ latest hit piece is 100 percent “NOT TRUE.”

“She is very happy with the stage and the venue. It is actually bigger than previous stages she has performed on,” says the spokesperson, adding, “The venue will be groundbreaking.” Furthermore, director Baz Halpin tells Billboard he’s been planning the logistics and special effects for the last four months, with “a stage twice the size of any you’d see in a large-sized arena.” Case closed.

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