It took months of work for Cirque, but they got “It.” The Jackson family has agreed to work with Cirque du Soleil for a traveling production set to begin touring next year and a fixed show on the Las Vegas Strip planned to open in late 2012.
“Michael Jackson is the King of Pop and an all-time phenomenal artist, both timeless and contemporary,”
Guy Laliberté, Founder of Cirque du Soleil, said. “As a creative challenge, this project is the ultimate. Through the use of cutting edge technology, we will produce a Cirque du Soleil experience not only worthy of Michael but unlike any other we have created before. We are also so pleased that our longtime partner MGM MIRAGE has once again joined us in presenting another unique creative experience in Las Vegas.”
Cirque and the estate of the late singer will split ownership of the Michael Jackson project. The family is said to be very involved in the creation and development of the shows. The Jackson family has a long history in Las Vegas, including a failed museum just off the Strip in the ‘80s.
“Our family is thrilled that Cirque du Soleil will pay tribute to my son in such an important way,” Katherine Jackson, mother of Michael Jackson, said.
Cirque had been known to be courting the Jackson’s since at least November to create a show along the lines of what they did with The Beatles to complete the hit production “Love” at The Mirage.
The Michael Jackson project will also have what they are terming “lifestyle” venues, including a restaurant and nightclub at the still undecided location. The nightclub seems a great fit for both the Cirque and the Jackson families. Cirque has a club tied into “Love” at The Mirage, Revolution, which showcases the music of The Beatles complimented with rare photos and video and is a hot spot before and after the nightly production shows.