Review: Michael Jackson’s The Immortal Tour by Cirque Du Soleil

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Lights on. The crowd roars in anticipation as Michael Jackson’s “Working Day and Night” blasts through the speakers.

The show starts with a sense of exuberance; an infectious heightened energy fills the hall, both on stage and off, even though this is the second show of the evening and the stands are half empty.

This is no ordinary Crique Du Soleil show, and if you are expecting their signature acrobats and extravagant theatrics, you will be left disappointed.  What the show does offer, however, is a set of seamless live band reincarnations of the King of Pop’s tunes reinterpreted with a colourful and often times innocent choreography.

Neither purely pop nor acrobatic, The Immortal Tour portrays more of a rock concert vibe, which often times comes off as haphazard and at other’s impeccably put together, all the while featuring a bewildering range of costumes and themes.

The 25 acts, although unique, are only linked by the signature Cirque Du Soleil mime who sets permanent residence on the stage throughout the show while he pop and locks his way through intervals.

There wasn’t a consistent feel throughout the show, and on a few occasions the King of Pop’s vocals and video playing in the background commanded more attention than the centre stage performance.

Still, the genius of writer-director Jamie King shines through in several acts. When Michael Jackson’s perfectly choreographed moves are performed in synchronized sets followed by Crique Du Soleil’s jaw dropping aerial and human defying acrobatics, you could feel the sense of excitement run through the audience.

The entire show was perfectly accentuated with state-of-the-art digital effects, lighting and video editing skills that truly play on your emotions.

But most powerful of all, was the message which was sent loud and clear and echoed that of Jackson’s lifelong mission: Peace, love, and compassion for the world and others.

Although Cirque Du Soleil’s The Immortal Tour caters to MJ’s fans more than those familiar with the Cirque Du Soleil brand, it is undoubtedly an entertaining spectacle in its own right. And judging by the tour’s $325.1m earning to date from its 406 shows performed around the world, it is clear that the world can’t get enough of the King of Pop.

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Posted by: Deepti

And I read this now, after I shelled out around AED 1500 on tickets!!!! I am tempted to try out some stunts myself if I leave feeling cheated out of my money!! :-/

Posted by: calvy p

Awesome show...terrible production value...

Horrible acoustics, the stage was subpar, the seating was too far and far too many seats as well....no connection with the performance.

Cirque du Soleil needs some serious quality control from THEIR management and not the event management company, who seem like they are only out to make a quick buck...nothing wrong with that, but give a people a good show at least!

Posted by: Ayman

I am an MJ fan and a definite Cirque du Soleil fan, the prospect of both combined made me hope for a much better show. The potential of this combination in my opinion was not reached leaving me disappointed. For the first time, I felt like leaving my expensive AED550 seat and walk out, but my kids were loving watching an MJ show. There were some slightly better moments, the overall message of peace, children, love, and the environment (true MJ). I was left watching the videos of MJ and not the show and did not feel the connection. The acoustics were terrible and the stage seemed less than interesting. I also couldn't help but think that MJ would have never approved this show had he been alive. Really too bad as it could have been so much better.

Posted by: Ahmed

Very disappointing show.

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