Exclusive details of two Cirque Du Soleil Michael Jackson shows in Las Vegas, a North American tour, and four year world tour have been released in a Las Vegas newspaper today.
The first Las Vegas show will be a rock-concert arena type show starting on December 15th, 2011, with tickets going on sale on November 3rd this year. The second will be a permanent residency show which will begin in 2013.
The official announcement will be made from Los Angeles on November 3rd, but you have the advance news here at Vegas DeLuxe in this exclusive. Tickets go on sale simultaneously in twenty-five cities for what will be the largest-ever music show going on tour in North America and around the world for four nonstop years.
The second, which will be a permanent residency show here, Cirque’s eighth, arrives in 2013. Both shows have the blessing of Michael’s estate administrators. Cirque has budgeted an amazing $100 million just for creating and developing the two shows and expects that another $150 million will be added to the final costs for staging and theater construction.
The Michael Jackson concert show will be performed twice nightly for two months in a reconfigured Mandalay Bay Events Center with just 8,000 seats per show. Cirque and MGM have not yet decided upon a hotel home for the second Michael residency show and will come to that decision after seeing how the arena show works with all of its mind-blowing logistics.
The author of this article, Robin Leach talked at length with Cirque head honcho Daniel on Monday night after the 8,000th performance of ‘Mystere’ at Phil Ruffin’s Treasure Island.
Robin Leach: Now comes Michael Jackson, two Michael Jackson shows. The first show is the one coming here to Mandalay Bay for a little while before going out on tour. The second show will be the residency show. Have you decided what hotel theater will become its home?
Daniel Lamarre: We’re still struggling with that final decision. We are still talking with people at MGM. I think the arena show will be a good test for us, and it certainly will have an impact on the final decision for MGM.