Cirque du Soleil will launch a new production based on the music of Michael Jackson at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas this summer.
“Michael Jackson ONE” will be the second effort created by The Estate of Michael Jackson and Cirque du Soleil. The first, “The Immortal World Tour,” is still traveling the world, and is currently stopping in on arenas across Europe.
The new show will begin previews on May 23, with an official opening planned for June 29.
Here’s how producers describe the show:
“Michael Jackson ONE” is a state-of-the-art visual and audio experience creating a theatrical evocation of Michael’s creative genius. Guided and inspired by his music, four misfits set out on a transformative adventure. By journey’s end, they will personify Michael’s agility, courage, playfulness and love.
Jamie King wrote and directed the new production. King began his career as a dancer on Jackson’s “Dangerous” world tour.
“This is our second project with the Estate of Michael Jackson which confirms how stimulating this creative partnership was meant to be,” said Daniel Lamarre, Cirque du Soleil President and CEO, in a statement. “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.”
John Branca and John McClain, Co-Executors of the Estate of Michael Jackson, also spoke about the show in a press release.
“We are guided by Michael’s own philosophy in all that we do,” the said. “In preparing for this production, Michael’s 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 wonderful experiences. 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.’”