Scene from 'The Immortal World Tour' showing acrobatic feat performed by Cirque du Soleil member. (Courtesy Photo: Cirque du Soleil)
- Following its commercial and critical success across North America, the Estate of Michael Jackson
and Cirque du Soleil
presented "Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour" in both New York City
and at Nassau Coliseum last week.
Exploring the creative inspiration of The King of Pop throughout his career, the cast of Cirque du Soleil brought to life a fantasy-rich interpretation of both Jackson's artistry and their own.
The fantasy realm is created with lights, pyrotechnics, jaw-dropping physical feats, elaborate costumes, and staging accompanied by Jackson's voice, songs and videos, to fuse into a most memorable and mesmerizing production.
"Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour" addresses no controversy in the troubled career of the music icon, and stunningly reminds the audience why Jackson was, and always will be, considered a creative genuis by exploring the performer's contributions to global messages of peace and unity through his music.
The audience members represented all ages, and were all on their feet, swaying and singing along to Jackson's music, while being transported by the physical feats, costumes, lights, staging and skill of the breathtakingly imaginative Cirque du Soleil cast, who perhaps truly captured the essence of Michael Jackson - a man who brought his genuine love of music, dance, environment, children, animals, family and humanity to every note he sang, and to every dance step he took.
The realm is created with light, pyrotechnics and jaw-dropping physical feats. (Courtesy Photo: Cirque du Soleil)
The show is written and directed by Jamie King
, a multiple Emmy
Award and MTV
Video Music Award nominee, and features more than 60 international dancers, musicians and acrobats. The show is sponsored by Sun Life Financial
Well known for his own talents at both dance and choreography, The Gloved One would be proud and honored at the creative interpretations that Cirque du Soleil members unfold on an elaborate stage, as Jackson's artistry melds together seamlessly with those of Cirque du Soleil members to present a thoroughly enjoyable evening filled with humor, memories, and excitement that will have everyone dancing both forwards and backwards.
The evening encompasses Jackson's entire career. (Courtesy Photo: Cirque du Soleil)
Eileen Casey spent many years working in the television and music industries in New York City on the "ABC In Concert" weekly series, as well as several prime time network and cable television specials. An award-winning journalist, editor, and artist, and former Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com, she enjoys staying warm in Charleston and cool in the Hamptons.