The acrobatic masterpiece, Cirque du Soleil, touched down in Minnesota with a tribute show to the late great Michael Jackson, in a tour titled The Michael Jackson Immortal World Tour which was showcased at the Target Center last month March 27 – 28.
Unlike other Cirque shows this was truly one of the most unique presentations to. If you get a chance to catch this wave either in its Las Vegas run or in one of the many cities it touches down in across the United States, expect the unexpected; you’re looking at a whole new kind of Cirque. And if you go in thinking that way, well then you’re sure to like it, especially if you’re a Michael Jackson fan. It’s hard to think of a Michael Jackson show and even muster a statement of lack, but two of the things the Immortal World Tour neglected to have which are Cirque staples, is their infamous striped tent, which ushers in and commandeers an unused parking lot— a somewhat visual magnet that draws in crowds by the thousands like ants drawn to a dirt mound. And in considering the actual show itself, it was noticeably absent of its typical highflying, nail biting stunts that the Cirque brand is known for. But even without these things, the show was amazing. The fact that it’s a Michael Jackson show is what commands all of the production’s attention.
I’ll go out on a limb and say that the execution of the Michael Jackson Immortal World Tour projects a style of show that if the King of Pop were alive and still pushing around a world tour, this would be a picture perfect backdrop for him. The entire production was like being dropped into the heart of a Michael Jackson music video. There were dancers, daring costumes, amazing set designs, and some of the cleverest video backdrops I’ve seen in a while. There’s a set that will make you feel like you’re hanging out in a juke joint, watching dancers perform to “Smooth Criminal.” Another takes you to a graveyard equipped with ghouls and monsters that’ve been struck by the Thriller. All your favorite songs, your most loved medleys and the energy behind your favorite music videos are recreated on stage in this wonderful Cirque production.
If you’re not convinced yet, the emcee of the show, who is much more than your typical Michael Jackson impersonator, makes you feel like the King of Pop is performing on the stage amongst all of these incredible dancers— from the glove, to the hat, to the loafers with white socks, this guy looks and feels like the real deal. But if he doesn’t sell you on the idea that he’s our music hero, then maybe the introduction of Bubble’s, Jackson’s famed pet monkey, should do the trick --or how about the Jackson Five giving us our ABC’s.
The whole show was not only a beautiful blast from my musical past, but moreover a satisfying addition to the void we’ve all been feeling since we lost Michael Jackson a few years ago. I’d like to think that if I was lucky enough to have ever gone to see a Michael Jackson show when he was alive, then Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson Immortal World Tour is as close as you’re going to get to the real thing.
For more information visit: www.cirquedusoleil.com/michaeljackson.