Details about the hotly anticipated Cirque Du Soleil show based around the music of the late Michael Jackson were recently announced. Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour is expected to open at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas in 2013.
The $200 million show will feature unreleased music finished by Jackson before his death in 2009 as well as unreleased footage from the rehearsals of his aborted This Is It tour. The first ever official Michael Jackson Fan Fest will also be part of the show experience and will include re-creations of some of Jackson’s most memorable music video sets.
The $59 million touring version of the show will hit countries across the globe. “It will be the biggest touring show ever because of all the dancers, musicians and acrobats,” Jamie King, writer and director of Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour, tells the Las Vegas Sun.
“The demand for the touring show is phenomenal — more than any other time in Cirque history,” Cirque du Soleil CEO Daniel Lamarre tells the Sun. “We have promoters across the world trying to book the show. We have to hire engineers to ensure the roof structures are strong enough to support our stages and equipment rigging. We see America and the rest of the world running for five years and conceivably even longer than that in the first go round.”
A Michael Jackson “ultra-lounge” will also open at Mandalay Bay, as well as an interactive museum that recreates Jackson’s famed Neverland Ranch.
“I cannot imagine this residency show ever closing. It will last forever,” Lamarre said. “Yes, we have a five-year plus five-year plus five-year deal as with all of our Vegas contracts, but in the tradition of Cirque, our shows last forever.”
The Vegas residency is slated to open on December 3rd and will continue for 33 performances. The show will premiere in Cirque du Soleil’s home turf of Montreal.