Over the past four months, award-winning touring director Baz Halpin has been working tirelessly on designing the production, visuals and lighting for Britney Spears’ upcoming nightclub-esque residency at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.
“The level of detail in this show is ridiculous,” says Halpin, whose full-service production company Silent House has designed mega-tours by such superstar pop acts as Katy Perry, P!nk and Taylor Swift. “I get into the office at 7 a.m. and probably put down the phone at 11 p.m. It’s non-stop every day.”
It’s a sunny late-September morning at CenterStaging in Burbank, Calif., and Halpin is sipping a cappuccino while on break from auditioning hundreds of dancers for the two-year show, titled “Britney Spears: Piece of Me.” The residency’s Dec. 27 launch date is quickly approaching and Halpin has been speaking directly with Spears about every 10 days on new ideas for the show. Read more