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Mandalay Bay's Michael Jackson Theater Is Starting Something

January 15, 2013 at 5:54 PM | by | ()

Something mega is happening behind these walls at Mandalay Bay. This new construction plywood is covering the resort's theater, box office and will-call desk in preparation for the May arrival of Cirque du Soleil's Michael Jackson-themed show. A "Mega Show," they call it. And, the other new word of the day is "egress" as visitors walking past the sports book, or on the way to THEhotel or Mix, are currently navigating a temporary tunnel.

Based on the Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour show that played at Mandalay Bay in December 2011, this permanent fixture will be Cirque's eighth Vegas production. Intriguingly, it doesn't yet have an official name. We hope "Mega Show" is out of the running. Construction permits refer to this project as work on the "MJ Theater." Note spelling. Currently it's called the "Mandalay Bay Theatre."

A billboard promises, "it will intertwine breathtaking acrobatics, artful dance and innovative multimedia with the musical genius of the King of Pop." It also promises tickets will go on sale this month. We keep checking. We did hear one recent rumor that the role of Jackson "the man" will be downplayed, and there is less of him in this production than the touring show. Think a Jackson soundtrack to a new Cirque show. Less HIStory. Again, that's the only rumor we've heard of what's going on behind behind these new walls. We'd be disappointed by anything less than C.I.A. secrecy levels from the Cirque crew.

Cirque used to host a "Michael Jackson in Las Vegas" website, but it now defaults to an Immortal page. And, for a while, it looked like Mandalay would be dominated by Jacko tropes, with Cirque's under-construction LIGHT club featuring a prominent Jackson element. It won't. We had also heard of a mini-Jacko museum/exhibit being created. That could conceivably happen.

The former theatre lobby was an attractive fit for the resort with a nice Broadway feel and a warm gold design. The early promotion art for the Jackson show we shared back in August was dominated by a colder, blue focus, but it merged well. We'll keep our eyes peeled for any progress and as soon as those tickets go on sale we'll let you know all the details.

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