Cirque du Soleil has been amazing audiences with dynamic storylines, incredible costumes and dramatic dance and acrobatic performances for nearly 30 years. They have now partnered with the King of Pop, the estate of Michael Jackson, to bring a brand new show to the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.
"Michael Jackson ONE" is an entirely new and original show created and developed by the imagination of Cirque du Soleil with the musical inspiration and artistic genius of Michael Jackson. Scheduled to open in the summer of 2013, ONE portrays Michael Jackson’s belief that all people are equal in their own unique way, as well as his message of harmony and hope for a better world for all of us.
Per Cirque du Soleil’s press release, Daniel Lamarre, President and CEO of Cirque du Soleil, said…
“This is our second project with the Estate of Michael Jackson which confirms how stimulating this creative partnership was meant to be. Michael Jackson is an all-time phenomenal artist, both timeless and contemporary. As a creative challenge, this project is the ultimate. Through the use of cutting-edge technology, we will produce a new Cirque du Soleil theatrical experience not only respectful of Michael’s legacy but also very distinctive from Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour.”
Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour is currently playing in venues around Europe.
Jamie King, writer and director of ONE, started his career as a dancer on Michael Jackson’s Dangerous Tour. He also directed the touring show Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World tour.
“We are guided by Michael’s own philosophy in all that we do. In preparing for this production, Michaels’ message to the cast and crew for his This Is It concerts was foremost in our minds. He counseled them on what the audience experience should be” ‘They want a wonderful experience. We want to take them places that they’ve never been before. We want to show them talent like they’ve never seen before. We’re putting love back into the world to remind the world that love is important. WE’RE ALL ONE. That is the message.’ We feel the same, and that is what we are delivering both to lifelong fans and those just discovering his artistic genius with Michael Jackson ONE," stated John Branca and John McClain, Co-Executors of the Estate of Michael Jackson.
According to the Las Vegas Sun, Michael Jackson ONE is said to have one of the longest pre-production schedules in Cirque du Soleil’s history. It will include acrobatics never seen before in any Cirque production as well as a completely immersive and interactive experience where the performers are around, in front of and above the audience. Please click here to read a question and answer session with ONE director Jamie King.
Please visit Michael Jackson ONE on Facebook for updates and photos of rehearsal and costumes.
Preview performances of ONE begin on May 23. The show officially debuts on June 29.
Tickets for Michael Jackson ONE range from $69 to $150. Limited Gold Circle Seating is available. Tickets are usually available about 120 days before the performance date.
Based in Quebec, Cirque du Soleil brings together creative elements and imaginary worlds and mixes them into a mesmerizing story that includes music, dance, daring skills and graceful acrobatics. Cirque du Soleil performs touring shows that include OVO, Totem, Dralion and Alegria, and resident venues such as CRISS ANGEL Believe, The Beatles LOVE, “O” and Mystere in Las Vegas and La Nouba in Orlando. Discover the wonderful, unique and fantastic world of Cirque du Soleil at CirqueduSoleil.com.
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