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Four Australian guys walk into a recording studio and start singing Motown oldies to Smokey Robinson. Sounds like the set-up for a bad joke, right? But, instead of a punchline, a Vegas hit show was (eventually) born. And now, after three plus years at the former Imperial Palace showroom and a recent move to Venetian, Human Nature has really come into their own.
It had to happen. Ten minutes into watching their show for the first time, this writer wondered “how long before they move into a venue worthy of their talents?” Well, it didn’t happen right away. In fact, it was so long I saw them perform there three more times. The act was fresh, unexpected, and a perfect collection of classic Motown favorites belted out in a style that would appeal to any age.
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On one of the hottest days in the history of Las Vegas, Cirque du Soleil made it snow inside the Michael Jackson Theatre at Mandalay Bay. Wet, liquid snow. Later they added flames, sparks and smoke. And, along the way unveiled the best show you'll find on the Las Vegas Strip.
Michael Jackson ONE takes a legitimately polarizing pop culture figure, removed much of the hardcore acrobatics of a regular Cirque performance, and created a unique hybrid of a real-life music video, a real-life Michael Jackson concert and a revival meeting. It moved first night attendees to tears. It frequently created gasps from the audience. We don't even enjoy Michael's music. We're certainly less of a fan of the person. And, yet, we'd see this show again in a heartbeat. It's that good. And, everything you want from an over the top Las Vegas showbiz night on the town.
Michael Jackson ONE rushes closer to its official premiere night of June 29. And, with our ear to the ground, we've been hearing good things about the show from people we trust. When we were last in the Mandalay Bay theater neighborhood, there was still some construction to be finished. Now, it all looks ready to go. And, they've added some of Michael's personal possessions to the re-vamping. Here's a preview:
At Caesars, Shania Twain shares with her fans a very nice selection of personal items when you attend her concerts. We'd been expecting something similar at Mandalay Bay, but discovered it's much more smaller in scale. Surprising, as they are all on loan from the Michael Jackson estate. They can't be short of mementos.
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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.
We're not sure whether to file this under cockeyed optimism or bug nuts crazy. Four people close to Michael Jackson want to stage not just a musical, but a Jackson inspired “dram-ical,” right here in Las Vegas. Titled "The Man" it concerns a music manager, The Man (we're thinking Colonel Tom Parker in Viva Elvis), and his superstar client's topsy-turvy life and career. This singing character, The Man, just talks, and the superstar is a hybrid of Michael Jackson, Elvis and Whitney Houston. Mostly Michael, we're betting.
Press reports proclaim the necessary budget will be $35 million. They don't have it. Or, the finished music. Or, the venue. Or, star. Mere details, we're sure.
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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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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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Michael Jackson lives. Again. This week, Wacko Jacko would have turned 54 years old. Yet, in death, he haunts Vegas with a renewed vigor. And, it will slowly get worse. Like a song you can't get out of your head, once you start to notice, you'll be seeing Jackson 'round every corner, from single-glove bedecked impersonators panhandling on The Strip and progressive slots to the building publicity for the arrival of an all-new Michael Cirque du Soleil show next year.
We've cataloged the rampant scary attraction theme that is currently sweeping this town, but we've also noticed Michael Jackson a great deal. Cirque's Viva ELVIS closes this week, ushering in a new era of celebrity hagiography. Appealing to a subsequent generation that was too young for The King, but now adulates a King Of Pop.
The signs, they are a chang-ed at Mandalay Bay as Cirque's upcoming Michael Jackson show has hakuna matata'd theater marquees. Now Showing: A New Michael Jackson Show, except that it's not yet "Now Showing" since as the sign says it premieres in 2013.
This is Where Michael Jackson Lives On - just hopefully not in a creepy Walt Disney type of way.
MJ fans that can't wait till next year can get a peek at the King of Pop now. Across from Mandalay Bay's theater doors is a white Michael Jackson. Err... MJ dressed in white. A white MJ plastered in white? How about we just run the picture and allow readers to describe as they like? We just hope this display really isn't where Michael Jackson lives on. Since that would mean say say say...somebody's watching me.
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You won't have to wait until Cirque du Soleil's Michael Jackson show makes its permanent home at Mandalay Bay next summer to hear the King of Pop in Vegas. Now you can be regaled with the music of Michael just by feeding a few bills into a slot.
Michael Jackson slot machines are finally making their way to the Vegas casino floor after first being unveiled at the Global Gaming Expo last year. You can insert your joke, disgust or enthusiasm here as fans of The Mirage and Mandalay Bay are doing the same on Facebook upon hearing that the resorts offer the machines.
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Cirque du Soleil brought the 2011 edition of their 10-day fan appreciation experience back to Las Vegas this December and this time we were in attendance.
Cirque Week enticed dozens of hardcore “super fans” looking to receive a “behind the curtain” view into the inner workings of the entertainment juggernaut. Many had seen multiple productions, multiple times. And then there was this VegasChatter correspondent. Yes, drawn by the cat-nip promise of backstage intrigue this reporter is now forced to admit to only ever seeing one previous Cirque production. This week that was changed. And, change we did, as we drank the Cirque du Soleil Kool-Aid and became a true believer.
Price of admission to Cirque Week began at $165 and included two show tickets. At the top end, it was $561 for seven different shows. Combined with hotel rooms during the 10 days, and coinciding with the often premium hotel rate incurred during Rodeo Week, this could have been a pricey commitment. That was certainly reflected in the look of the Cirque Week attendees. Skewed slightly older than imagined. Quiet. Polite. Reserved. Often charming. Often fun. But, universally intelligent. These are smart folks who are passionate. And, ask really smart questions. Some had even witnessed the early origins of the company when they were still street performers back in Canada.
Along with your tickets, came the opportunity to wear, from your registration goodie bag, a souvenir tee, a VIP lanyard, a flashing Cirque electronic luggage tag (that seems destined to cause airport havoc for some poor attendee) and witness 10 behind-the-scenes events. And, boy, were they good. Well-rehearsed, impeccably presented and filled with genuine behind the scene tidbits. Like, secret stuff! Ok, maybe not so secret if they're telling us, but you get the drift.
They even told us the names of the equipment manufacturers. So, if you had the 180 million dollar budget of the Beatles LOVE, you could go out and make your own version. Tommorow! If you had any interest in theatre, or the workings of an unusual, but massive company, you walked away from these sessions filled with ideas and inspiration. Corporations, take note. Send SPIES! You’ll get some insight into business culture that could serve you well.
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lover fan of Michael Jackson has been hanging out at the hotel's Eyecandy casino bar for the last few months -- sequined gloves, red leather jacket, (sometimes a black-sequined one paired with a white tee), and all.