The King of Pop is gone in body but alive in spirit and now the legacy continues in Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour.
Laura Silverman, publicist for the tour took time from her hectic schedule to share her thoughts from San Antonio, Texas as they prepare to swing to the heart of Dixie on June 29 to July 1 at Philips Arena.
Silverman shared that this show came together after the untimely death of Michael Jackson. Part tribute to Jackson and part Cirque Du Soleil magic, this program showcases a new dimension of entertainment. With 61 performers that bring to life a show like no other that travel across the country on 35 trucks and a 200 person crew.
Silverman described THE IMMORTAL as very different to the typical Cirque Du Soleil show. This presentation is more of a rock pop concert with elements of acrobatics, contortionist, and dance all to the tunes of Michael Jackson’s music. From the Michael’s early childhood, to the dancing machine and smooth criminal, this show is sure to make everyone want to get up and dance.
One different aspect is that this show is put on in concert arenas versus the traditional Cirque Du Soleil big top because of the aggressive tour schedule. The schedule calls for a visiting a demanding 70 cities in the North American Tour alone. The show already did a two week run in Las Vegas.
As to the idea for the show, Silverman notes is “was a seamless transition from the best of two worlds: the best of what Michael Jackson and Cirque Du Soleil do”.
Some of those close to Jackson’s previous work are a part of this show which enhances the authenticity. Included in THE IMMORTAL will be Jonathan “Sugarfoot” Moffett, who played drums for Michael for 30 years. Over 30 of Michael’s songs will used in addition to numerous bits and pieces of songs that have used for the soundscapes and transitions.
The estate and the family has supported this format and it works well. Silverman admits that Jackson does not make a cameo (ala Tupac hologram) but his spirit is alive and well. She notes that the final mega mix will dazzle the audience and they should expect some hidden surprises. There will be state of the art technology including video projections that play a key role in making Michael’s presence palpable. The artist team has spent more than 9,000 hours in creating all of the props and puppets.
Atlanta native son, choreographer Travis Payne, is excited to showcase his work in his home town. Payne worked with Jackson on many projects.
As to why should families and individuals go to this show, this is truly a once in a lifetime experience to be a part of Michael Jackson’s world and Silverman adds “a very high energy show that will hit all the senses”. If past Cirque shows are any measure, then this show will truly not disappoint.
No better way to celebrate the legacy of two great worlds: Michael Jackson and Cirque Du Soleil.
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