Shania Twain recently sat down with Las Vegas reporter Robin Leach to discuss plans for her upcoming residency at Caesars Palace beginning in 2012. Below is a recap of the interview.

When asked how she envisioned the 16 months before her new show hit the Strip Shania had this to say:

“I’m going to spend the summer honing in on who’s going to produce it. We don’t even have a producer at this early stage. Now my imagination is really going to go wild, and I’m going to let myself dream a little bit, and what would be the most fun and the most fulfilling artistically for me, knowing that this is much less limited than any touring show. This is very liberating to know that. It’s kind of an open wallet compared to what you would do on a touring show where you have to consider a lot of things.

There are a lot of expenses that don’t exist when you’re stationary, so that becomes a very good exchange to go into the quality of the show. It’s more consistent and reliable. You can do things in a stationary setting that might break down if you were touring, that wouldn’t travel well, so that’s a lot more liberating, as well. And just the creative resources that are available in Vegas, the experience that they have and the group that is there, you couldn’t take that group on the road with you. So the summer is going to be spent dreaming about all of those possibilities.

I will be working on the new record, as well, so I will be dealing with who is going to produce the next record and who is going to produce the show. Then the fall and winter will be spent doing pre-production for a couple months, and then we’ll go into genuine production, and then I would like three months for rehearsals.”

Caesars Palace President Gary Selesner and AEG chief John Meglen are more than excited about Shania’s upcoming residency here.

Gary said: “…Shania becomes our first-ever resident country superstar. We couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome her as The Colosseum’s first-ever country music resident headliner. It will be a triumphant return. It’s amazing that she will be able to fill 4,000 seats nightly.”

John added: “She is so wonderful. She is such a great woman, and we’re very blessed we got her! You have to remember Shania has had plaques and records in 32 countries around the world. There are not a lot of country stars who have crossed over to the pop world, and Shania is just as popular in pop as she is in country.”

Stay tuned for more on Shania and her new home at Caesars Palace.