Official Statements : MJ's Estate Signs a Deal With Cirque du Soleil
The magic of Cirque du Soleil and the genius of the King of Pop will be combined in the creation, development, and production of Michael Jackson projects based on the music and songs of Michael Jackson.First arena touring show slated for late 2011. Las Vegas permanent show to open in 2012.
Los Angeles (April 20, 2010) – Two great forces in entertainment have combined with the announcement of an unprecedented arrangement between The Estate of Michael Jackson, represented by Executors John Branca and John McLain, and Cirque du Soleil for the creation, development, production and promotion of Michael Jackson projects, featuring touring and permanent shows, based on the music and songs of Michael Jackson. Special lifestyle projects, including a nightclub to open with the Las Vegas production, will also be developed.
The first show will open in late fall of 2011, and will travel throughout North America including the Staples Center in LA. In 2012, a second show will open in Las Vegas which will be far more theatrical with emphasis on technology and 3D.
According to Branca It will be a theme-park-like show. He also says: "This will not just be a tribute to Michael’s musical genius, but a live entertainment experience that uses the most advanced technology to push every creative boundary as Michael always did. Having attended Cirque du Soleil performances with Michael, I know he was a huge fan. 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."
Guy Laliberté (Founder of Cirque du Soleil) comments: "Michael Jackson is the King of Pop and an all-time phenomenal artist, both timeless and contemporary. As a creative challenge, this project is the ultimate. 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."
"There will never be a multi-faceted entrepreneur, humanitarian and innovator like Michael and it is only befitting that this partnership be with Cirque du Soleil. No artist electrified the stage more than Michael did. We expect that his fans will come away from these Cirque du Soleil performances feeling the exhilaration of a Michael Jackson experience and with an even greater appreciation of his legacy", says J. McClain.
Daniel Lamarre, (President and CEO of Cirque du Soleil) adds: "We are honored and thrilled to be in partnership with the ultimate and most important record selling artist of all time. This association between two international entertainment brands promises to deliver to fans of both Michael and Cirque du Soleil unique artistic experiences."
Katherine Jackson comments: "Our family is thrilled that Cirque du Soleil will pay tribute to my son in such an important way."
Sources: cirquedusoleil, tmz, MjTunes
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