What happens when you combine the creativity of Cirque du Soleil with the musical genius of Michael Jackson? You get an amazing fusion of dance, music and fantasy. Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour by Cirque du Soleil will be appearing for 3 shows only at Philips Arena on June 29, 30 and July 1, and I, for one, cannot wait to see it.
Because both Cirque du Soleil and Michael Jackson utilize a cinematic approach to music, I'm sure that this show will be spectacular. There are more than 60 international dancers, musicians and acrobats in the show. It takes 52 trucks just to carry the 1,000 pieces of costumes, shoes, hats and head pieces that are used in this production. Many of the costumes give a nod to Michael's iconic classics. Who could ever forget the red leather jacket with the two black diagonal stripes from “Thriller,” or the black sequin jacket and fedora hat from "Billy Jean" or his signature glove and penny loafers from "Beat It." Cirque du Soleil takes these images and reinvents them in their own trademark interpretation.
But according to Kevin Antunes, the musical designer for the show, Michael's voice is what drives the show and everything else is created around it. The show features more than 30 of Michael's songs, in addition to numerous bits and pieces of his songs that are used in transitions. Antunes says, "Michael was a pioneer, a genius, and a master at fusing different genres. You get orchestral, rock, R&B, funk, soul, country....you just get everything from Michael Jackson." Antunes has created a very intimate experience where you can actually hear Michael snap his fingers or stomp his feet in some audio segments.
This show has combined everything we love about Michael's music and choreography with everything we expect from Cirque du Soleil. There will be dancers and acrobats in everything from tribal costumes to mummies, a contortionist, a black and a white swan performing a strap duo, a very "dangerous" pole dance act, and even a retro Jackson 5 medley along with many, many exciting others.
According to the creators, the goal of the show is to capture the essence, soul and inspiration of the King of Pop and celebrate a legacy that continues to transcend generations.
APPEARING FOR 3 SHOWS ONLY at Philips Arena on Friday, June 29, and Saturday, June 30, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, July 1, at 4 p.m.