Bad Economy May Fold Britney Spears's Circus Tent

04/14/2009 at 08:10 PM EDT

Bad Economy May Fold Britney Spears's Circus Tent
Britney Spears
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Will the show go on?

Britney Spears's father has been seeking permission from a judge to expand the pop star's current Circus tour – but the dour economy may hamper those plans, it was revealed in a Los Angeles courtroom Tuesday.

The pop star, 27, is halfway into a 49-show tour through the U.S., Canada and the UK, with hopes to add more dates through Europe, Australia and a possible second U.S. tour.

"It hasn't yet been determined whether it's feasible to expand tours to the Europe or Australia legs," L.A. Superior Court Commissioner Reva Goetz said following a closed-door discussion with Jamie and his lawyers.

"That will be determined in the future after everyone's seen the analysis, in terms of the economy and value of the dollar," Goetz added.

Jamie and another lawyer hold indefinite legal control over his daughter following her two forced hospitalizations last year.

"Britney's loving being onstage again," says a source close to the singer. "Health-wise, she's progressing every week, it's amazing. Britney was the single force for wanting to go on tour in the first place."

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