Park MGM says Britney’s postponing **********, not cancelling.
The princess of pop suddenly announced she won’t launch her new Las Vegas residency, but the Britney Army isn’t sure where things will go from here.
According to a press release, Britney will embark on an “indefinite work hiatus” to focus on her father’s health after Jamie’s colon spontaneously ruptured and forced him to undergo emergency surgery at Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas and remained under doctor supervision for 28 days.
“After a long, complicated post-operative period, he is recuperating at home and gaining strength, and is expected to make a full recovery,” the statement reads.
“I am dedicating my focus and energy to care for my family,” Britney said in the statement. “We have a very special relationship and I want to be with my family at this time just like they have always been there for me.”
She adds: “Thank you to all my fans for your continued love and support during this time. I apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused and I look forward to the time when I can be back on stage performing for all of you.”
That’s correct. More information and updates on ********** will be shared when available.— ParkTheaterLV (@ParkTheaterLV) January 4, 2019
In her original post, the Glory singer says she “will not be performing my new show **********.” Fans were under the impression that means she’s cancelling it entirely.
The show’s creative directors, Nappy Tabs, found out in the eleventh hour. Just 24 hours prior to Britney’s announcement, they posted about rehearsals. “Back to rehearsals and Pre Production for @britneyspears #**********,” they wrote on social media. ” Can’t believe we open in a month. Lots to be excited about, lots to figure out, lots of excitement, lots of anxiety!”
Back to rehearsals and Pre Production for @britneyspears #**********. Can’t believe we open in a month. Lots to be excited about, lots to figure out, lots of excitement, lots of anxiety! #LetsDoThis #Directors #NappytabsCreative pic.twitter.com/BpKR63YaKV— Napoleon and Tabitha (@NAPPYTABS) January 3, 2019
Ditto for Britney’s dancers. Many of them posted about the show on social media a day prior to Britney’s news. Presumably they would have held off had they known what was to come.
A source tells BreatheHeavy.com Park MGM staff were told Thursday night about Friday’s impending announcement.
Park MGM stepped in and posted on Instagram that the show is not cancelled, rather it’s postponed. Nappy Tabs doubled down on that. According to them, it could be delayed by six months to a year.
What should you take away from this? I think fans jumping to the conclusion that Britney cancelled / postponed ********** because of poor ticket sales aren’t paying enough consideration to her father’s well-being.
If the show was truly postponed, I imagine Park MGM would have strategized and released new show dates, or give fans a timeframe as to when they can expect the show to pick back up. Perhaps there was too short notice for that. Britney’s post never mentioned any return. In fact, she gives details on how fans can get refunded, so it’s still very unclear if ********** will ever see the light of day.
Obviously, the situation is unfortunate for all parties involved. If Britney and co. wanted to make lemonade, they could use 2019 to regroup. If and when she’s in a place to return to work… get back in the studio, release new music and rebrand/re-name **********. But only if she’s in the proper headspace to do it right.