Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson Show Begins ‘World Tour’ October 2011

Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson Show Begins ‘World Tour’ October 2011

There’s an inherent problem with Michael Jackson’s legacy.

On one hand you have Michael Jackson the artist—13 number one singles, 13 Grammy Awards, and the best-selling album of all-time (Thriller). On the other hand you have Michael Jackson the man—accused of child molestation, tried for child sexual abuse, and his numerous eccentric behaviors.

To listen to Michael Jackson lyrics and music we have to ignore his human frailties but to shun Jackson for his transgressions means ignoring some of the greatest pop music of all-time.

There’s a similar problem with posthumous Michael Jackson projects (or any dead artists’ projects for that matter).

Even though Jackson is no longer with us we still want to experience his music and his spirit in new ways. However, history tells us that most posthumous projects care more about making a buck than honoring an artist’s memory.

There’s really no good way to rectify the two sides of Michael Jackson the man, but there is a way to make sure a new production captures the heart and soul of the King of Pop. That way is to have Cirque du Soleil involved with the project.

Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour is Cirque du Soleil’s upcoming new traveling show dedicated to the legacy of the world’s most popular singer. The 90-minute show features the indelible music of Michael Jackson set to the creativity and vision of Cirque du Soleil.

The world tour launches Oct. 2 in Montreal, Quebec at the Bell Centre. It wraps in June of 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia at the Philips Arena. The tour visits select U.S. and Canadian cities like Ottawa, Detroit, Seattle, Denver, San Diego, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia.

Once the tour is finished, Michael Jackson tickets will be sold exclusively in Las Vegas; THE IMMORTAL is scheduled to take up permanent residency on the Vegas Strip.

Some of the highlights of the massive two-year tour include Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson The Immortal in Toronto, Ontario on Oct. 21-22; Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson The Immortal in Vancouver, British Columbia on Oct. 4-5; and Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson The Immortal in New York City at Madison Square Garden on April 3-4, 2012.

THE IMMORTAL’s writer and director is the influential and trendsetting Jaime King. In the past, King has worked with Madonna, Prince, Elton John, Britney Spears, and Celine Dion. King also collaborated with MJ.

The man who’s been called the “Jerry Bruckheimer of tent-pole concert tours” (I didn’t make that up, it’s in the press release) promises the show will be a faithful representation of the man, the myth, and the legend.

“It started with the music for me. I had to go back. I mean, we all know the Michael Jackson hits, but I really just wanted to sit and remember why I, as a fan, loved Michael and what his lyrics meant to me,” recounts King. “I really started there, and … it kind of became a snowball, wherein a story was being created for me. I was invited to Neverland [Ranch], and once I got there, I knew this was the environment I wanted to create for this show.”

Besides Cirque’s world famous dancing and acrobatics, fans with Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson Immortal tickets can expect to hear new mixes of Jackson’s music, mash-ups of his songs, and some previously unreleased tracks.

“Michael’s songs are the score for the show, and they guide us and lead us,” explains King. “Essentially, it’s about following several characters as they get transported through a portal into Michael’s world. This place is Neverland. In that world, we discover all kinds of things about Michael. Things we know… and secrets.”

Don’t know about that. When it comes to Michael Jackson and secrets, I’ll pass.

Nonetheless, the King of Pop will be represented on Cirque’s stage via video elements, holographic imagery, and of course through the show’s choreography. In other words, there will be plenty of moonwalking and dance moves from the classic Thriller video.

This is the third Cirque show to be dedicated to a single musical artist—the others are The Beatles: LOVE and Viva La Elvis. Those two shows are some of the most sough-after Cirque tickets in Vegas.

THE IMMORTAL is the first time the Cirque and King have worked together.

2011 THE IMMORTAL TOUR SCHEDULE
>>October 2-3 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
>>October 7 – Ottawa, ON @ Scotiabank Place
>>October 12 – Hamilton, ON @ Copps Coliseum
>>October 15 – Detroit, MI @ Joe Louis Arena
>>October 18 – London, ON @ John Labatt Centre
>>October 21 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
>>October 26 – Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Centre
>>October 29 – Saskatoon, SK @ Credit Union Centre
>>November 1 – Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place
>>November 4 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
>>November 9 – Seattle, WA @ KeyArena
>>November 18 – Portland, OR @ Rose Garden
>>November 29 – Salt Lake City, UT @ EnergySolutions Arena
>>December 3-11 – Las Vegas, NV @ Mandalay Bay Events Center

2012 THE IMMORTAL Tour Schedule
>>January 6 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
>>January 10 – Sacramento, CA @ ARCO Arena
>>January 13 – San Jose, CA @ HP Pavillion at San Jose
>>January 18 – Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
>>January 21 – San Diego, CA @ Valley View Casino Center
>>January 24 – Anaheim, CA @ Honda Center
>>January 27 – Los Angeles, CA @ STAPLES Center
>>February 10 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
>>March 2 – Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena
>>March 24 – Quebec City, QC @ Colisee Pepsi
>>April 3 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
>>April 10 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
>>June 29 – Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena

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