Monday, May 6, 2013 | 2:01 p.m.
Britney Spears has been told that construction and makeover details of her new Las Vegas home at Planet Hollywood are nearing completion — and I’ve learned that she’s begun making plans for a November start date.
It’s expected that in about 20 days, full details of the production with Caesars Entertainment will be revealed, with the director being named at the same time. The initial concert dates and ticket sales information will be unveiled then, too.
It’s unclear, though, if the November date will be the start of final Las Vegas rehearsals or the start of her two-year run of alternating weekends.
Preliminary rehearsals and casting begin late September or early October in Los Angeles. Work on the technical aspects of installing new lighting and sound for Britney’s PH Live theater will start this summer.
To clear up confusion on the Twitterverse by fans, Britney was not here in Las Vegas over the weekend and did not make appearances at Planet Hollywood or Boulevard Theater. This is the second time in a week that a Britney look-alike has been spotted at functions, but the real pop princess remains at home in Los Angeles.
I’m told that’s where she is getting more and more excited about her Las Vegas residency and planning her next new recording session.
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Catering to the young and modern crowd, Planet Hollywood is a one-stop shop for entertainment with its massive shopping mall, slew of restaurants, spacious casino and clubs.
The ambiance of the casino is retro-chic meets high-tech with black granite floors throughout and colorful LED lights throughout the space. The theme carries into the 100,000 square-foot casino with 250 flat screens topping off slot machines. The casino is also home to 87 tables, a sports book and a poker room.
There's also the Miracle Mile Shops, one Vegas' largest malls, with 140 stores including BCBG Max Azaria, bebe, Urban Outfitters and The Discovery Channel Store.
Following an afternoon of shopping, guests can satisfy their appetites at one of the gourmet restaurants in Planet Hollywood, like the non-traditional approach to steakhouses at Strip House or check out the exotic Far East motif at KOI restaurant and lounge. And if guests are still looking for more, they can spend the after hours at Privé, Triq or Krave nightclubs.
Perhaps one of the resorts biggest attractions came in March with the addition of "Peepshow." The naughty twist on the story of Little Bo Peep is modern-day spin on the run-of-the-mill Vegas topless review. The "Peepshow" stage has seen visiting celebs like Scary Spice Mel B, "Dancing with the Stars" Kelly Monaco and Playboy's Holly Madison.