Britney Spears ‘responded really well’ to first reading of musical featuring her songs

Since wrapping her five-year residency at Planet Hollywood Las Vegas on New Year’s Eve, Britney Spears has managed to keep plenty busy. The 36-year-old regularly shares Instagram videos of herself getting silly with sons Sean, 12, and Jayden, 11, embracing her love of painting (she’s called the pastime “so therapeutic to me”) and hitting the gym with her personal trainer boyfriendSam Asghari. (In a May 10 interview with the Associated Press, the pop princess revealed the buff pair did a whopping 40 takes before posting a May 3 montage of their insane workout routine with the caption, “Stronger together.”)

Not shared online was the quick trip Spears made to New York City May 12. In the new issue of Us Weekly, a source reveals that the “Make Me…” singer hit the Big Apple to attend the first reading of a Broadway musical scored with her hit songs. The play, planned for an early 2019 debut, “has been in the works for a while now,” the insider reveals. “Britney and her team gave their blessing last year,” and after hearing it come to life, “she responded really well!”

While the title of the production “isn’t set in stone yet,” says the source, “the working title is ‘Hit Me Baby One More Time.’” The Broadway insider adds, “There is no one cast as the role of Britney yet.”

In January, Us Weekly revealed Spears has signed a deal with Las Vegas’ Park Theater and is expected to return to the stage in Sin City beginning in 2019.

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 24: Britney Spears attends the 4th Hollywood Beauty Awards on February 25, 2018 in Hollywood, California.(Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Singer Britney Spears attends the 4th Hollywood Beauty Awards at Avalon Hollywood on February 25, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 29: Sean Federline, Jayden James Federline, Britney Spears and Sam Asghari attend a basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center on November 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 29: Britney Spears and Sam Asghari attend a basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center on November 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 04: Singer Britney Spears speaks during the grand opening of the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation Britney Spears Campus on November 4, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 04: Singer Britney Spears (L) and talent manager Larry Rudolph listen to Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak's speech during the grand opening of the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation Britney Spears Campus on November 4, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images)
DISNEY CHANNEL PRESENTS THE 2017 RADIO DISNEY MUSIC AWARDS - Entertainment's brightest young stars turned out for the 2017 Radio Disney Music Awards (RDMA), music's biggest event for families, at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Saturday, April 29. 'Disney Channel Presents the 2017 Radio Disney Music Awards' airs Sunday, April 30 (7:00 p.m. EDT). (Image Group LA/Disney Channel via Getty Images) BRITNEY SPEARS, JAMIE LYNN SPEARS
DISNEY CHANNEL PRESENTS THE 2017 RADIO DISNEY MUSIC AWARDS - Entertainment's brightest young stars turned out for the 2017 Radio Disney Music Awards (RDMA), music's biggest event for families, at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Saturday, April 29. 'Disney Channel Presents the 2017 Radio Disney Music Awards' airs Sunday, April 30 (7:00 p.m. EDT). (Image Group LA/Disney Channel via Getty Images) BRITNEY SPEARS
TAIPEI, CHINA - JUNE 13: American singer Britney Spears performs during her concert at TWTC Nangang Exhibition Hall on June 13, 2017 in Taipei, Taiwan of China. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
DISNEY CHANNEL PRESENTS THE 2017 RADIO DISNEY MUSIC AWARDS - Grammy Award-winning pop superstar Britney Spears was honored with the 2017 RDMA 'Icon' Award in recognition a career and music that has been loved by generations of Radio Disney fans. 'Disney Channel Presents the 2017 Radio Disney Music Awards' airs Sunday, April 30 (7:00 p.m. EDT). (Image Group LA/Disney Channel via Getty Images) BRITNEY SPEARS
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 16: Singer Britney Spears attends Art Hearts Fashion LAFW Fall/Winter 2017 - Day 3 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on March 16, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Arun Nevader/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 11: Britney Spears arrives at the Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute to Industry Icons Honoring Debra Lee on February 11, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
ORLANDO, FL - MARCH 13: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been retouched.) Britney Spears enjoys a family outing with Jayden Federline, Maddie Aldridge and Sean Federline at Planet Hollywood Disney Springs on March 13, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Gerardo Mora/Getty Images for Planet Hollywood Observatory)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 11: Britney Spears attends Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute to Industry Icons Honoring Debra Lee at The Beverly Hilton on February 11, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
SAN JOSE, CA - DECEMBER 03: Singer Britney Spears performs during the Now! 99.7 Triple Ho Show 7.0 at SAP Center on December 3, 2016 in San Jose, California. (Photo by C Flanigan/FilmMagic)
SAN JOSE, CA - DECEMBER 03: Singer Britney Spears performs during the Now! 99.7 Triple Ho Show 7.0 at SAP Center on December 3, 2016 in San Jose, California. (Photo by C Flanigan/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 02: Britney Spears performs at 102.7 KIIS FM's Jingle Ball 2016 at Staples Center on December 2, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 02: Britney Spears performs at 102.7 KIIS FM's Jingle Ball 2016 at Staples Center on December 2, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES , CA - DECEMBER 02: Britney Spears performs on stage during the 102.7 KIIS FM's Jingle Ball 2016 on December 02, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 02: (L-R) KIIS FM Assistant Program Director/Music Director Beata Czechowski, recording artist Britney Spears, and radio personality Sisanie attend 102.7 KIIS FM's Jingle Ball 2016 presented by Capital One at Staples Center on December 2, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 28: Britney Spears seen at BBC Radio One on September 28, 2016 in London, England. PHOTOGRAPH BY Barcroft Images London-T:+44 207 033 1031 E:hello@barcroftmedia.com - New York-T:+1 212 796 2458 E:hello@barcroftusa.com - New Delhi-T:+91 11 4053 2429 E:hello@barcroftindia.com www.barcroftimages.com (Photo credit should read Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 28: Britney Spears seen at BBC Radio One on September 28, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Neil Mockford/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 27: Britney Spears performs during Apple Music Festival at The Roundhouse on September 27, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 24: Britney Spears performs onstage during the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Festival - night 2 held at T-Mobile Arena on September 24, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 24: Rapper G-Eazy (L) and singer Britney Spears perform at the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Festival at T-Mobile Arena on September 24, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 24: Recording artist Britney Spears performs onstage at the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Festival at T-Mobile Arena on September 24, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 01: Britney Spears performs her Piece Of Me show at the Axis Theatre Planet Hollywood Resort on September 06, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. PHOTOGRAPH BY Barcroft Images London-T:+44 207 033 1031 E:hello@barcroftmedia.com - New York-T:+1 212 796 2458 E:hello@barcroftusa.com - New Delhi-T:+91 11 4053 2429 E:hello@barcroftindia.com www.barcroftimages.com (Photo credit should read Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 01: Britney Spears performs her Piece Of Me show at the Axis Theatre Planet Hollywood Resort on September 06, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. PHOTOGRAPH BY Barcroft Images London-T:+44 207 033 1031 E:hello@barcroftmedia.com - New York-T:+1 212 796 2458 E:hello@barcroftusa.com - New Delhi-T:+91 11 4053 2429 E:hello@barcroftindia.com www.barcroftimages.com (Photo credit should read Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 29: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Britney Spears Visits Music Choice on August 29, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Music Choice)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Rapper G-Eazy (L) and singer Britney Spears arrive at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Britney Spears and G-Eazy perform onstage during the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Recording artist Britney Spears attends the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Britney Spears performs onstage during the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
Singer Britney Spears arrives for the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards August 28, 2016 at Madison Square Garden in New York. / AFP / Angela Weiss (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
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