Britney Spears will grab another page from the Madonna playbook this fall with a "really, really theatrical" tour that will chart her journey toward full-blown, snake-toting adulthood, according to tour director and choreographer Wade Robson.
The tour is slated to kick off in Miami next month and will include revamped versions of Britney's hits, plus plenty of new songs from her upcoming third album, presumably including the just-debuted "I'm a Slave 4 U," which she performed at Thursday's MTV Video Music Awards (see "Britney, J. Lo, 'NSYNC Turn To Jungle, Ja Rule, Jacko For VMA Performances").
"The show is gonna be really, really theatrical it's really complicated," Robson said on the red carpet before the VMAs. "It's a massive show with a lot of new music. It's just gonna be really different. ... The stuff from the previous albums, we'll remix it and take it in a new direction flip it up a bit."
Fans will get a taste of Spears' acting talents in numerous video clips that will frame the show, Robson said.
"You're gonna learn a lot more about her as a person. The show is gonna be really about how she's becoming a woman, how she's finding herself and her independence. She knows what she wants to do, she knows who she wants to be, and that's what the show's about."
Robson, the man responsible for Britney and 'NSYNC's signature dance moves, is also a performer and songwriter in his own right, with a debut album due next year.
Along with Britney beau Justin Timberlake, he co-wrote and co-produced the track "What It's Like to Be Me" for her new disc.
"It's sort of rock-driven, with hip-hop beats and pop melodies, real kind of hardcore edgy," Robson said. "It's different for her."
The Britney Spears Web site run by her label, Jive Records, has posted dates for her tour. Label representatives could not be reached Friday evening (September 7) to confirm the itinerary.
Britney Spears tour dates, according to her Jive Records Web site:
- 10/25 - Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena
- 10/26 - Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena
- 10/27 - Fort Lauderdale, FL @ National Car Rental Center
- 10/28 - Tampa, FL @ Ice Palace
- 10/31 - Washington, DC @ MCI Center
- 11/1 - Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center
- 11/2 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Mellon Arena
- 11/5 - Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
- 11/7 - Uniondale, NY @ Nassau Coliseum
- 11/8 - State College, PA @ Bryce Jordan Center
- 11/9 - Cleveland, OH @ Gund Arena
- 11/10 - Moline, IL @ Mark of the Quad Cities
- 11/12 - Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
- 11/17 - Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden
- 11/18 - Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden
- 11/20 - Anaheim, CA @ Arrowhead Pond
- 11/21 - Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
- 11/24 - St. Paul, MN @ TBA
- 11/26 - Auburn Hills, MI @ Palace of Auburn Hills
- 11/28 - Champaign, IL @ Assembly Hall
- 11/29 - Rosemont, IL @ Allstate Arena
- 12/3 - Albany, NY @ Pepsi Arena
- 12/5 - New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
- 12/8 - Hartford, CT @ Hartford Civic Center
- 12/9 - Buffalo, NY @ HSBC Arena
- 12/10 - Philadelphia, PA @ First Union Center
- 12/12 - Memphis, TN @ The Pyramid
- 12/13 - New Orleans, LA @ New Orleans Arena
- 12/15 - Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
For a full-length interview with Britney Spears, check out "Britney Spears: Pop Rocks!"