The Jackson estate has landed yet another major deal since the death of the legendary singer in June, as Cirque du Soleil will begin developing shows based on the music of Michael Jackson, representatives said on Tuesday. Both the Jackson estate and Cirque du Soleil will each own half of the project.
The deal also calls for a Jackson-themed nightclub to be built in Las Vegas, a Michael Jackson Cirque du Soleil show that would become a permanent fixture in 2012, as well as a reality show that would debut next year. The TV show would mimic the formula of “American Idol,” as people would compete to become a choreographer of Jackson’s Cirque du Soleil productions.
“We went to the very first Cirque du Soleil tent show opening in Santa Monica,” John Branca, co-executor of Jackson’s estate, said Tuesday. “It was in the late ’80s, and I’ll never forget it …. [We] drove to Santa Monica together — no bodyguards — and we sat there in the front row. Michael was dazzled, and we went backstage after the show because he wanted to meet all the performers. It was a very passionate evening.”
“We are excited to be partners with Cirque du Soleil to give Michael’s fans a truly unique way to hear, see and feel Michael’s music,” Branca said.
Michael Jackson fans can expect Cirque du Soleil, which already produces shows based on The Beatles and Elvis Presley, to begin touring with shows featuring the singer’s music in late 2011.
Since its release in 2009, Michael Jackson’s “This Is It” has earned more than $260 million worldwide.
You can follow the AFRICAN-AMERICAN ENTERTAINMENT EXAMINER on Twitter and Facebook! Also, be sure to “Subscribe” to this column to receive up to the minute updates on black news and commentary.
Michael Langston Moore also writes for the BOSTON TV EXAMINER column, which you can also become a Facebook fan of below.
WANT MORE MICHAEL JACKSON?:
Will Sony Music turn Michael Jackson’s death into a Tupac Shakur-like posthumous profit?
Dear BET: The Michael Jackson tribute (and awards show) was an embarrassment
Michael Jackson fans, friends launch ‘This Is Not It’ awareness campaign
Al Sharpton, Peter King, and the Michael Jackson hypocrisy
African-American Entertainment Examiner on Facebook
Boston TV Examiner on FacebookGet the African American Entertainment Examiner widget and many other great free widgets at Widgetbox!