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You won't be bored. Cirque du Soleil previewed four Michael Jackson ONE production numbers to the press, opening the doors of their Mandalay Bay theater for the first time since December 2011. Four songs and lots and lots of stuff going on. And, lots to review.
We personally forgot what we had already told you: Michael Jackson ONE plots "four misfits" on a "transformative adventure." Took us a minute to work out the roles of the three geeky dudes and a teenage girl on the stage. But, then it all made sense. Last month, we were first to show you artist renderings of the production. And, they looked exactly the same as the scenes unveiled before our very eyes. But, with more lights and lasers. Lots more. This might be brightest show we've ever seen.
The show's premise is rooted in the "spirit and energy" of Jackson and, pondering the notion, if you possessed the spirit of his hat, his glove or his shoes what could you do? Could you fly? (We thought sell them on eBay, but...)
The preview began with paparazzi characters running through the audience and harassing spectators with lights, cameras and microphones. If you've never warmed to Cirque clowns approaching you, these camera guys make perfect sense. We then watched four numbers choreographed to Jackson's songs. These numbers are played all the way thorough. No 60 second K-Tel greatest hits commercial edits.
"Tabloid Junkie" faces head-on the Jackson newsprint rumor factory. Headlines projected on the walls write of his attempt to buy the "Elephant Man's bones" and Joseph Merrick's skeleton stands there on the stage. Michael's supposed oxygen chamber is also wheeled across the stage. "Stranger in Moscow" spotlights a flown-in crescent moon lady and an aerialist. Behind him drifts snow and ghostly images of Liz Taylor, Michael and Diana Ross. "Bad" is a more literal re-imaging of the music video, with a kind of street gang, a New York subway backdrop and graffiti and B-Boy stances. And, you'll also learn the correct spelling of Cha'mone. "Smooth Criminal" includes a group synchronized leaning you'll be puzzling over for days.
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There's seeing a show in Vegas and then there's being among the first ever to see it. Soon, three new productions will make their Strip debuts and, for two of them, you can still scoop up opening night tix. And, while opening night is sold out for a third, tickets are still available for its second night of life.
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Spoiler alert. We going to reveal some seriously secret content from Cirque du Soleil's soon to arrive Michael Jackson ONE show. The one at Mandalay Bay. So, look away if you don't want to discover the songs they've chosen and the impressive look of the show.
A few weeks ago, we were lucky enough to witness a very small hint of Michael Jackson ONE during their name unveiling event. And now, Cirque themselves have given a broader hint at whats to come. A behind-the-scenes video profiling their Montreal-based rehearsals features very quick shots of the design renderings and storyboards used to map out the show. Cirque maintains this permanent production will not be Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour Mark II. Totally different, they say. So, if you saw that touring show when it was at Mandalay Bay, do let us know if this feels similar.
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Oh, Cirque Du Soleil. How you fooled us all. Mid-point through a standard press conference launching the name, logo and ticket information for their forthcoming Mandalay Bay "Mega Show," out of nowhere they unleashed the performers. And, unleashed a wave of enthusiasm for Michael Jackson ONE that we'd found markedly lacking locally, after the less than stellar reaction to Zarkana.
We've collated as many details we could glean from the event, including the first look at three sets of costumes from the production. And, uncover a special hint at the direction of one musical number. But, first the basics regarding the Michael Jackson-themed show taking over the theater at Mandalay Bay.
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Mandalay Bay's Michael Jackson obsession has reached a new fever pitch. A press conference this morning reveals the name and start date for the resort's permanent Cirque du Soleil production celebrating the King of Pop. Get ready for
You are not going to believe your eyes the first time you walk into LIGHT, the nightclub experience currently under construction in Mandalay Bay. We already knew that things were going to get Cirque-y (Cirque is partners with The Light Group in its creation), but now we're getting our first look at just what that means. And, that pretty much means you are not going to believe your eyes.
LIGHT released two renderings of the mind explosions that will happen once we step inside starting April 26. We can't even begin to tell you what to expect because we're still taking this all in ourselves. And, you haven't even seen the bigger versions yet. Head to our Facebook page to see these renderings super-sized. But, take a moment to prepare yourself, first. Here's how Cirque/Light Group explain it:
We thought it was a big deal, but Cirque du Soleil's one-off, One Night For One Drop, is far bigger than we reported. On March 22, inside the Bellagio's "O" Theatre, performers from all seven Vegas Cirque shows will collaborate in a unique production created to raise money for the One Drop charity. On that night, for the first time, all Cirque shows in Las Vegas will close for the evening. No Zarkana, Zumanity... The sole Cirque show will be this production. And, we were invited for a sneak peek as they continue rehearsals.
The One Drop charity, created by Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberté, is dedicated to generating money and awareness in the issues of access to water and sanitation in developing countries. This special night is not coincidentally on the same date as World Water Day. In the week preceding March 22, one night's revenue from each Cirque production will be donated to the charity. And they are planning more events to coincide with this event.
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Looking for a unique Cirque du Soleil experience that can also make you feel good? On March 22, inside the Bellagio's "O" Theatre, all seven Vegas Cirque shows will collaborate in a one-off performance being especially created to raise money for One Drop.
Billed as a truly one-of-a-kind show, it will be created and directed by Krista Monson, casting director for the entire Cirque du Soleil organization. We'd wager she knows how to put on show. We're intrigued how all the Cirque productions will be merged. The thematic concept "will celebrate the earth as an artistic creation and highlight water as the essence of life within the earths ecosystem." Plus, demonstrate some rather nifty acrobatics.
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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.
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Their performers may defy gravity like super-heroes, but now Cirque du Soleil legitimately belongs alongside Spider-man and the Fantastic Four. Cirque has teamed with Marvel Comics to produce a comic book based on KĄ. During Cirque Week we were introduced to the production team of a proposed four-issue series. The story honors the exact plot of the MGM Grand show and, if you've heard that Cirque don't always make sense, you certainly can't say that about the hero's journey of KĄ.
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If it's been a while since you've witnessed Mystere, three new acts are waiting for you.
Cirque du Soleil's unique fan-festival, Cirque Week, continues and we've been behind the scenes at Mystere to witness a special performance by the Chinese Pole team. These acrobats were plucked from Zed, a Cirque production that closed in Tokyo last year. So were the other pair of new additions: a trapeze act that was a hit in Japan and Ginger Ana Griep-Ruiz, a Tissu acrobat. You know, the ones who elegantly swirl around on those incredibly long fabric strips? This group have brought a new buzz to the production, just as they are gearing up for next year's 20th anniversary of life on the Strip.
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A walk by the recently shuttered bar-slash-restaurant revealed that a quickie renovation isn't being kept too tightly under wraps. The door was wide open and nothing covered the windows, either. When we
pressed our nose up to the glass strolled by, a lone employee worked on the flooring. A sea of red still reigned inside.