Britney Spears Hits Broadway


Oct. 1 2008, Published 3:51 p.m. ET

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After two days of madness and mayhem on the streets of New York, pop superstar Britney Spears took some time for herself on Tuesday night when she took in a showing of Broadway hit In the Heights.

Audience members at the Richard Rodgers Theatre tell OK! that Brit was ushered to her seat once the lights were dimmed for the opening number. 

"She looked really good," said one theater patron about the star. "I saw her hair and her sparkly eyes."

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As the musical's cast began to take their curtain calls at the end of the show, Britney was rushed out of her seat — but she it wasn't so she could head back to her hotel right away.

"She came backstage," says In the Heights star Doreen Montalvo. "She was so sweet and generous. She took pictures with the cast and musicians."

According to co-star Robin de Jesus, Brit was "totally cool," when she came backstage. "She was freaking awesome."

That sentiment was echoed by actress Karen Olivio, who told OK!, "It's always great to have another performer there for you."

The theater trip finished off a second day of business and shopping in NYC -- in which she'd whipped up the kind of pandemonium that only Britney can, bringing entire city blocks grinding to a halt and turning even the most icy-cool, seen-it-all-before neighborhoods into a madhouse of screaming fans. 

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The Princess of Pop spent the day leading a train of a dozen or more cars full of photogs and fans through the already-chaotic New York traffic, as she darted up and down Manhattan like a yo-yo -- searching for the perfect place to shop!

Looking chic in a stripy red-and-black top and black beret, she started the day with another business meeting in a Midtown skyscraper.

Then Brit headed way down town to the exclusive Fragments jewelry store in the trendy SoHo shopping area -- but only managed to take one step out of her SUV before getting mobbed and jumping back into the car!

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Bizarrely, she then called by her nearby hotel for a few minutes before turning around and taking the whole crazy procession weaving through the traffic again to a swank mall just a few blocks from where she had taken the meeting less than an hour earlier -- only to call in at one store and head all the way back to the hotel!

But this time Brit made sure she got her retail fix by having the whole of the Mont Martre store closed down just for her.

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She tried on a pile of clothes, including a turquoise silk cowl-neck top ($198), before leaving with armful of goodies.

Then after a quick stop to change into a glam black dress, the ever-expanding Spears Parade was on the move again, heading all the way back up to the Broadway theater district for the show.

We never thought we'd say this, but when that girl leaves town, New York is going to seem like an oasis of calmness and tranquility!

By Delaina Dixon and Oliver Coleman


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