Based on our view from the rear, middle of the theatre, if you are thinking of buying a ticket we recommend the section closest to the very middle. Sounds obvious, but it might it might help you focus your attention. Performers fly over the aisles on either side of the room and walk along platforms on the side walls to leave the stage. But, the closer you are to the center, we believe, the more immersive the spectacle will become.
Apparently, there are speakers in the seats to help the sound surround you. We stood up for the whole preview and so missed that. Without that benefit, we actually thought the sound too quiet. Go figure.
There is so much happening on stage and the scenes are so busy, we hope that some of the lighting cue revisions taking place right now, will help focus the eye on the action. It's often hard to know where to look. A luxury problem, admittedly. Case in point: when Michael's disembodied shoes float to ground and start moonwalking on their own. It appeared to us half the audience missed them arrive.. until the cast pantomimed their own surprise. It could use a better follow spot.
We've heard, off the record, that the production team is very happy with the show. Watching Weltby Altidor, "Director of Creation," prior to the preview, he showed no hint of nerves. Fight fans know that can be a good sign. But, Weltby and show writer and director Jaimie King kept repeating opening night is June 21. A warning we interpreted to mean that previews beginning May 23, are just that; previews. Tweaks to come. Or, ONE has "some way to go," as Weltby explained.
We're holding back our personal opinions. The team admitted the scenes were 60% ready. We will reveal the audience was slightly muted in their reactions during and post the event, despite what you might read elsewhere. A surprise as February's first big press event was a huge success.
In our gallery, you'll see some of the changes to the theater, extended lobby area and the sparkly floor. Still under construction is the gift shop. Right now, the two Michael statues we photographed last year are standing inside. But, there's still less Michael imagery in the area than we would have predicted.
With the controversy that will forever float around Jackson and the less than ideal critical reception of Zarkana, all eyes are on Michael Jackson ONE and its place in the Cirque dynasty. We just might be blinded by the light shining back.