The much anticipated Cirque du Solei production of Michael Jackson ONE premiered at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on June 29 to huge crowds, including members of the Jackson family, showcasing Cirque’s most ambitious show.
While Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour by Cirque du Solei captured the message of Jackson’s music, Michael Jackson ONE embraces his genius and essence as well as paying homage to his legends of fans.
First, there are no MJ impersonators in the show. Only the actual images and audio of Jackson is incorporated into the show. Both his biggest hits and other tracks from his albums are used as part of the story line and, yes, there is a story line.
The show centers around four fans and their acquisition of four MJ iconic images including his sun glasses, hat, glittering glove and blinged out socks/shoes. It is a perfect vehicle to express the message behind the music using dance, acrobatics and holograms.
Michael Jackson ONE goes beyond capturing the audience’s attention and creates a space where time almost stands still as everyone is transported throughout the life and times of Michael Jackson before being returned to the present moment.
As for the sound, Kevin Antunes, musical director of Michael Jackson ONE, stated, “There is nowhere else on the planet that you (as an audience member) can go to and experience this music the way you can here at the Michael Jackson ONE Theater. It is completely immersive. It is as if you have an arena sound system combined with an iMax Dolby theater and when you are sitting in this theater, you feel Michael’s presence physically. You can detach yourself from the visuals or you can surround yourself in the performance or get buried in the music. (With this show) you just find a brand new way to truly appreciate his artistry.”
Michael Jackson’s music spans many genres and generations along with his innovations in music videos and stage performances. A pioneer as well as a visionary, the message is both moving and timeless. As Michael Jackson believed, regardless of race or culture, we are all ONE.
Starting July 1, performances are Saturday to Wednesday at 7 and 10 p.m. and dark on Thursday and Friday. To reserve tickets, call 877.632.7400 or 800-745-3000 or go to www.cirquedusoleil.com/mjone or www.mandalaybay.com or visit the Michael Jackson ONE box office, the Mandalay Bay Events Center box office, or any of the MGM Resorts International box offices.