Michael Jackson Immortalized in Cirque du Soleil Show
Like Elvis Presley and the Beatles, the music of Michael Jackson is being immortalized in a traveling Cirque du Soleil show. Dubbed Michael Jackson: The Immortal Tour,' the production will hit 27 North American cities between October 2011 and June 2012.
The MJ-inspired show will incorporate the King of Pop's music and dance moves with the wild visuals and fantasy of a signature Cirque du Soleil show. The setting of the performance, according to the show's website, is -- you guessed it -- Neverland, "a fantastical realm where we discover Michael's inspirational Giving Tree -- the wellspring of his creativity. The secrets of Michael's inner world are unlocked-his love of music and dance, fairy tale and magic, and the fragile beauty of nature." The acrobats will literally be turning Jackson's signature moves upside down in trying to spread "Michael's global messages of love, peace and unity."
The $57-million production is written and directed by veteran choreographer Jamie King, who served as creative director for Madonna's 2008 Sticky & Sweet world tour and 2006 Confessions tour. "Michael is our narrator in this show. He takes us on the journey we go on, with his lyrical content and with his voice," he said. King knows a thing or two about this journey. He was a dancer on Jackson's Dangerous tour in the '90s.
'Michael Jackson: The Immortal Tour' kicks of with a two-night run in Cirque du Soleil's Canadian hometown Montreal. General tickets go on sale Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010, while early bird stubs are currently available here. Prices range from $50 to $250, plus the usual ticketing fees.