The Cirque Du Soleil acrobatic troupe is planning to stage a live touring show featuring Michael’s songs. They hope the show will begin to tour in late 2011 and become a permanent Las Vegas production which is scheduled to open in 2012.
These productions will be funded by Citque Du Soleil and Michael’s Estate.
“Fans will experience the excitement of a Michael Jackson concert,” said the Montreal-based circus company. “Michael Jackson is the King of Pop and an all-time phenomenal artist, both timeless and contemporary,” said company founder Guy Laliberte in a statement. “Through the use of cutting-edge technology, we will produce a Cirque du Soleil experience not only worthy of Michael but unlike any other we have created before.”
“Having attended Cirque du Soleil performances with Michael I know he was a huge fan,” said John Branca, a co-executor of the Jackson estate. “We are excited to be partners with Cirque du Soleil to give Michael’s fans a truly unique way to hear, see and feel Michael’s music.”
The as-yet-untitled production will begin as a touring show before finding a permanent home at a Las Vegas casino owned by the MGM Mirage group.
A Michael themed nightclub is also planned for the Nevada gambling resort.
“Our family is thrilled that Cirque du Soleil will pay tribute to my son in such an important way,” said Michael’s mother Katherine in a statement.