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The Estate of Michael Jackson and Cirque du Soleil have unveiled that Michael Jackson ONE ™ will open and take residency exclusively at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino this summer. Directed by Jamie King, Michael Jackson ONE will start its preview performances on May 23, 2013 and have its official premiere on June 29, 2013. This entirely new show is the second creative project to be developed between Cirque du Soleil and The Estate of Michael Jackson after the top grossing Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour, currently playing arenas in Europe as it travels the world.

The show

Cirque du Soleil and the Estate of Michael Jackson present Michael Jackson ONETM, a new creation exclusively at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. Michael Jackson ONE is a sonic, tonic fusion of acrobatics, dance and visuals that gives the audience the ultimate immersive musical experience. Driven by Michael’s powerful, multi-layered music – heard like never before in a riveting, state-of-the-art surround-sound environment – ONE takes the audience through a series of seamless visual and musical tableaux, at the heart of a world that is in turn majestic, playful, magical and heart-warming. In Michael Jackson ONE, Michael’s artistry and spirit are expressed through the vibrant energy of the cast of 63 dancers and performers, underscored by aerial performance, driving acrobatics, and vivid choreographies that use the urban/hip hop idiom as a springboard for exploration.ONE is a heartfelt tribute to the work, innovative spirit, and legacy of Michael Jackson – the King of Pop, the genius, the visionary, the One.

The name
Michael Jackson believed that all people are unique and equal, regardless of race or culture. His message was one of unity, harmony and hope for a better world. At once evocative and enigmatic, the name Michael Jackson ONE also presents a paradox: Michael was a multifaceted artist who strove to fuse together various musical styles and art forms. It is a fitting title for a unifying journey into the world of the King of Pop, the genius, the visionary, the One.

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One King of Pop, one Cirque du Soleil... two different shows!

Jamie King, director of both Michael Jackson ONE and Michael Jackson The IMMORTAL World Tour explains how the show presented at Mandalay Bay, in Las Vegas, from May 23, will differ from THE IMMORTAL World Tour, as both were inspired by the same legend: Michael Jackson.

A different type of show
THE IMMORTAL World Tour is a rock concert-style Cirque du Soleil show. Michael Jackson ONE will definitely be more theatrical than THE IMMORTAL ever was or intended to be”, explains Jamie. “In this show, everything is based on the story and the characters, starting with the choice of the acts.

A resident show
Michael Jackson ONE will be a resident show, presented at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, as opposed to THE IMMORTAL, which tours major arenas around the world. A resident show means a permanent installation. As such, many artistic choices were virtually made for us—for example, sound integrated into the seats to bring Michael’s music directly to the spectators’ ears or the immersive set design made up of an imposing proscenium.  

Full-length hits
For Jamie, Guy Laliberté and Michael Jackson’s Estate, it was clear that the show should spotlight many of the great hits that made Michael Jackson into the legend he is today. “We’ve been working with Kevin Antunes—who also designed the music for THE IMMORTAL —to embellish the sound on the songs, but with arrangements that are more like the album versions, which are very close to fans’ hearts.” In Michael Jackson ONE, all of the key songs chosen will be played nearly in their entirety.

Tickets for Michael Jackson ONE are available online. Previews begin May 23 at Mandalay Bay, in Las Vegas with its official premiere on June 29.


MICHAEL JACKSON ONE – BEHIND THE SCENES

The work to create the new Michael Jackon/Cirque du Soleil show, #MJONE, starts in the Montreal headquarters for Cirque du Soleil. Take a tour with Jamie King, stage director for the show and Welby Altidor, creative director, as they give a tour from the creation room to the rehearsal studio where they show us what it takes to work on a show like MJ ONE!


MICHAEL JACKSON ONE – PICTURES


MICHAEL JACKSON ONE – BEHIND THE SCENES

The work to create the new Michael Jackon/Cirque du Soleil show, #MJONE, starts in the Montreal headquarters for Cirque du Soleil. Take a tour with Jamie King, stage director for the show and Welby Altidor, creative director, as they give a tour from the creation room to the rehearsal studio where they show us what it takes to work on a show like MJ ONE!


Some of the cast in Michael Jackson ONE are called MJ Warriors

Here they are at work. Can you guess which of Michael’s outfits inspired this costume?


This image might make it easier to figure out….

If you want to see the show you can get your tickets here.


Jamie King talks about Michael Jackson ONE

Jamie King, the director of Michael Jackson ONE, talks about the creation of the show, how it differs from Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour, and the lessons Michael Jackson taught him.


There is only ONE Michael Jackson.

See what some of the cast and creative team think about MJ and the new show, Michael Jackson ONE, they are hard at work on.


Meet some of the Michael Jackson ONE Cast.

The new show, MICHAEL JACKSON ONE, opening at its home at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, brings together a cast of artists from all around the world. Here’s a chance to meet a couple of them.


Catch a glimpse of the theater build specifically for the production at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

MICHAEL JACKSON ONE will take the audience on a unique and magical theatrical adventure into the music and spirit of the King of Pop.


The cast and crew of Michael Jackson ONE are working hard...

...but even when you work hard it is important to remember the playful side. Michael had this quality and that is one of the things that the creators tried to keep in mind. Learn a little bit more from this behind-the-scenes video:


Meet Aleksandr Wade

The cast and crew of Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil is made up of talent from all around the world. One who actually calls Las Vegas home - and this makes a homecoming for him - meet Aleksandr Wade who returned home to be a part of the show.


The Road to the Grand Opening

The creators and artists behind Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil strive to exhibit courage as they are inspired by Michael and to make Michael proud as they continue on the road to the grand opening of the show.