Britney Spears took a break from rehearsals to visit Miami Children’s Hospital for a surprise visit with 40 sick children.
Pediatric radiologist Ricardo Restrepo and Lee Schrager, Director of Media for Southern Wine and Spirits America, thought Britney would be a great visitor to the hospital since her Circus-themed tour ties in with the hospital’s Big Apple Circus Clown Care program, which features medically-trained clowns who visit the kids.
Britney Spears kicked off her first tour in five years Tuesday night in her home state of Louisiana at the New Orleans Arena before a nearly sold-out crowd.
Dressed as a sexy ringmaster, she gyrated and pranced on stage during the the 16-song show that lasted nearly two hours.
She kicked things off with the title track to her latest album, Circus, and then sang “Piece of Me,” which she performed in a cage — just one of the many elaborate stage backdrops.
Acrobats twirled from suspended fabric as a toned Spears sang and danced.
She also sported a blindfold — and got saucy with two male dancers — as she sang “Touch of My Hand.”
The show slowed down in the middle when she belted out the ballad, “Everytime,” as the audience sang along.
Even though Spears didn’t interact much with the audience (and appeared to be lip-synching at times), fans went wild as she performed hits like “Womanizer” (in a cop costume) and her classic “Baby One More Time.”
At the end of the show, she told the crowd, “Thank you, New Orleans.”
Fans couldn’t stop Twittering during the show, with several messages appearing on her official Web site.
“8:58pm: she’s really excited!!! dancing away telling us goodbye! Have a good night!” one fan wrote.
Added another: “8:30pm: You can really tell she is having fun!”
Next stop for Spears: She will perform at the Philips Arena in Atlanta on Thursday.