Posted 19 October 2010 - 04:19 PM
Full 20 minute world exclusive DanieL Lamarre interview with ALL Michael Jackson show details will be posted Wednesday. Truly incredible.
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No look alike, no sound alike. We get the real MJ thanks to most advanced technology created specially for Vegas. Michael in full 3D around us.
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MJ touring show will be largest arena road show ever staged & shipped around the world. This Is It London rehearsal videos will be shown.
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The 2nd @michaelJackson show will open in Las Vegas in 2013. Casino theater will be decided after arena rock show.
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Show will run 90+ mins Tickets go on sale in 25 US cities plus overseas capitals Nov 3. Launch will be made from Los Angeles.
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It will also go on world tour Cirque chief Daniel LaMarre tells meshow is 100% completed. Feature "20+ MJ hits 70+musicians dancers acrobats.
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@michaeljackson arena show will open @Mandalay Bay Dec 15 next year It will play twice nightly for 60 days & then start 2year NAmerican tour.
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World exclusive. Tickets for Cirque du Soleil's 1st Michael Jackson show @Mandalay Bay go on sale in 2 weeks time. November 3.
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@MichaelJackson shows World Exclusive coming next on Twitter. Give me few moments to get notes in order.
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Posted 21 October 2010 - 04:37 AM
Posted October 20, 2010 • 12:56 p.m.
For the first time, Cirque du Soleil’s chief Daniel Lamarre has confirmed start dates for the two new Michael Jackson shows coming to Las Vegas. The first, a rock concert arena-type show, opens Dec. 15, 2011, with tickets going on sale Nov. 3.
The official announcement will be made from Los Angeles on Nov. 3, but you have the advance news here at Vegas DeLuxe in this exclusive. Tickets go on sale simultaneously in 25 cities for what will be the largest-ever music show going on tour in North America and around the world for four nonstop years.
The second, which will be a permanent residency show here, Cirque’s eighth, arrives in 2013. Both shows have the blessing of the Michael Jackson estate administrators. Cirque has budgeted an amazing $100 million just for creating and developing the two shows and expects that another $150 million will be added to the final costs for staging and theater construction.
The Jackson concert show will be performed twice nightly for two months in a reconfigured Mandalay Bay Events Center with just 8,000 seats per show. Cirque and MGM have not yet decided upon a hotel home for the second Jackson residency show and will come to that decision after seeing how the arena show works with all of its mind-blowing logistics.
I talked at length with Cirque head honcho Daniel on Monday night after the 8,000th performance of Mystere at Phil Ruffin’s Treasure Island. Here’s our conversation about the two new King of Pop shows and Daniel’s analysis of the extraordinary long-lasting appeal of Mystere, Cirque’s first residency show in Las Vegas.
Robin Leach: Now comes Michael Jackson -- two Michael Jackson shows. The first show is the one coming here to Mandalay Bay for a little while before going out on tour. The second show will be the residency show. Have you decided what hotel theater will become its home?
Daniel Lamarre: We’re still struggling with that final decision. We are still talking with people at MGM. I think the arena show will be a good test for us, and it certainly will have an impact on the final decision for MGM.
RL: When do you open the Mandalay Bay show?
DL: The first show opens Dec. 15, 2011. The second show will be at the beginning of 2013. The first arena show will globally tour in North America for two years and then as it leaves to go onto Europe and the rest of the world, we will open the permanent show here in a theater yet to be designated.
RL: How different will that show be to the arena touring show?
DL: The arena touring show is as close as you can get to a rock concert. Our audiences will have the feeling that Michael Jackson is alive. The permanent show will be much more theatrical. We are looking right now at a lot of new technology that we want to bring into Vegas for the first time.
RL: How far along in the development of both shows are you at this moment?
DL: For the arena show, we are done. The concept exists. It is approved by all parties. We will start rehearsing in Montreal this December, so we are really there already for the arena show. For the permanent show, we’re still exploring the new technologies that we would like to bring to Vegas. The preliminary concept exists for the theatrical show, but depending on how far we can go with new technologies, that will influence the final concept of the second show.
RL: Now when we talked about that several months ago, I sensed it would be 3D on steroids, where the audience gets inside as the show wraps all around outside them?
DL: Yes, that’s right. We really want to use the newest, latest of breakthrough technologies that have never been seen before or used theatrically before. There are a lot of conversations going on with a lot of different companies to see who can deliver to us the advanced technology that we’re looking for.
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RL: Now that the concert show is 100 percent concept completed, is it with a Michael Jackson or without?
DL: Michael Jackson will be there on video, and then again we will bring in technologies that will make it seem that Michael is with us.
RL: But no lookalikes or soundalikes?
DL: People want to see the real Michael, and the real Michael will be very, very present on the unique video. His estate administrators have completely accepted the concept of the show, which is a great relief for us. Not only are we happy they have accepted it, but we’re happy they’re enthusiastic about the concept of the show. It will be a 90-minute show with all of his big hits, over 20 of the bestselling songs. The show will have about 72 artists: dancers, musicians and acrobats.
RL: Anything in this first show that Michael was developing for his London This Is It concerts?
DL: We have some video that was for the London show that will be integrated into the new show.
RL: What will we be amazed by most?
DL: I think the challenge here is to give the feeling to people that Michael is on that stage. We will do everything we can in terms of video and technologies to bring his presence to life.
RL: Did you learn anything from presenting Viva Elvis to tackle the Michael Jackson shows?
DL: If you take Love or Elvis, the challenge is always to be representative of that era. Obviously, Michael is from a different era than Elvis, and we have to make sure that if Michael were onstage, that’s what he would deliver. It will be him as he would be today.
RL: When do tickets go on sale?
DL: Nov. 3, 2010, we start selling tickets for the arena show at the Mandalay Bay box office and everywhere around North America. We have two shows a night to sell out for two months at 8,000 seats each performance. That’s the challenge. We’re cutting the number of seats down because we want to keep the proximity for the audience to the stage.
This is going to be just like a real rock and roll tour. Dozens of trucks -- well over 30 -- with staging and equipment will arrive in Las Vegas exactly as it will be when we go off around the world. Two years touring in North America and then another two years of global capitals. A monumental four-year world tour! It’s a huge challenge -- the largest we have ever undertaken, but we’re very excited about it.
RL: I always have to ask the money questions. What will be the cost of both shows?
DL: We’re talking close to $100 million for the two shows -- that’s just for the production. Then the cost of the theaters for both shows will add another $100 million to $150 million.
Daniel invited me to Montreal headquarters to watch rehearsals of the arena show. The present timetable calls for preliminary rehearsals beginning in December and then full rehearsals next summer before the company moves here in early fall.
Since we were sitting together in the Mystere Theater at Treasure Island after watching the 8,000th performance, I asked him why the show seemed the best it’s ever been.
DL: It’s amazing, I could feel the emotion because I met the artists before the show. I know how emotional they were about this 8,000 representation, and I’ve seen the reaction of the public tonight. Standing ovations throughout. What’s amazing to me is that the magic still works. The artists are still excited every performance.
Mystere has made history in the industry of entertainment because no one show of this magnitude has lasted so long. All the other shows that have more than 8,000 representations have duplicates, like The Phantom of the Opera or others with different casts in different places. This is only one show, one cast, one crew and 8,000 performances.
RL: There have been several updates over the years to Mystere. Is that how you ensure that each night looks better than ever before?
DL: That’s the only way. We have an artistic team working here, and every day they train, they try to make their show evolve, and that’s why after 17 years, the show is still relevant.
RL: Phil Ruffin told me a while ago that he’s given the show another five years’ extension here at T.I. Is that your understanding?
DL: That was the first thing that Phil told me when he bought the property from MGM. He said, “Daniel, don’t change anything. I love this show.” We renewed right away for an additional five years. It’s just amazing the occupancy level even in a struggling market. This show is still doing very well. Our house was full, and we still have standing ovations.
RL: Do you think it’s because it was the very first Cirque show and everything that came after was really a child to the parent?
DL: I think that’s what it is. I have people coming to me saying, “Daniel, this is the original.” There is a real extraordinary emotional link between the public, Cirque du Soleil and Mystere. To them, Mystere is the classic that will be around forever.”
Mystere remains in place as the timetable moves forward now for the premieres of the two Jackson shows. It is not a changing of the guard. This is where the proud parent welcomes the new arrivals and makes history all over again.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
Posted 03 November 2010 - 04:57 PM
WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY JAMIE KING
TOUR BEGINS IN OCTOBER 2011
Exclusive Presale Window Starts Today for Cirque Club Members and MichaelJackson.com subscribers.
General Onsale Begins Saturday, November 6 in 30 Cities.
MONTREAL, Nov. 3, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- The Estate of Michael Jackson and Cirque du Soleil announced today the official international launch of Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour™ written and directed by Jamie King, the leading concert director in pop music today. This once-in-a-lifetime electrifying production will combine Michael Jackson music and choreography with Cirque du Soleil creativity to give fans worldwide a unique view into the spirit, passion and heart of the artistic genius who forever transformed global pop culture.
A riveting fusion of visuals, dance, music and fantasy that immerses audiences in Michael's creative world and literally turns his signature moves upside down, Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour unfolds Michael Jackson's artistry before the eyes of the audience. Aimed at lifelong fans as well as those experiencing Michael's creative genius for the first time, the show captures the essence, soul and inspiration of the King of Pop, celebrating a legacy that continues to transcend generations.
THE IMMORTAL World Tour takes place in a fantastical realm where we discover Michael's inspirational Giving Tree—the wellspring of his creativity. The secrets of Michael's inner world are unlocked—his love of music and dance, fairy tale and magic, and the fragile beauty of nature.
The underpinnings of THE IMMORTAL World Tour are Michael Jackson's powerful, inspirational music and lyrics—the driving force behind the show—brought to life with extraordinary power and breathless intensity. Through unforgettable performances Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour underscores Michael's global messages of love, peace and unity.
In selecting Jamie King as Writer and Director for Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour, which will feature 60 international performers, The Estate of Michael Jackson and Cirque du Soleil chose a director Variety called one of the most influential "movers and shakers" in the music industry, and the "Jerry Bruckheimer of tent-pole concert tours". A multiple Emmy Award® and MTV Video Music Award® nominee, and greatly influenced by his early years working for both Prince and Michael Jackson, he has choreographed some of the most popular music videos and directed some of the highest grossing concert tours of all time. For the past 12 years, he has served as Madonna's creative director, having most recently directed her 2008 Sticky & Sweet world tour, as well as her 2006 record-breaking Confessions world tour and hit music video, Sorry. He most recently directed Rihanna's Last Girl On Earth world tour, Celine Dion's Taking Chances world tour, The Return of the Spice Girls reunion tour, Britney Spears' Circus tour and Avril Lavigne's Best Damn tour. He previously directed and choreographed world tours for Madonna (Re-Invention and Drowned World); Asian superstar Rain (Rain's Coming); Ricky Martin (Black & White and La Vida Loca); Pink (Try This); Christina Aguilera (Back to Basics and Stripped); and his first collaboration with Britney Spears (Oops! I Did It Again). He has worked with an array of superstars including Mariah Carey, Shakira, George Michael, Elton John, Diana Ross, Jennifer Lopez and even Ellen DeGeneres. This is Jamie's first show with Cirque du Soleil.
Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour will call on the diverse talents of the following creative minds: Guy Laliberte, Creative Guide; Jamie King, Writer and Director; Chantal Tremblay, Director of Creation; Mark Fisher, Set Designer; Zaldy Goco, Costume Designer; Kevin Antunes, Musical Designer; Martin Labrecque, Lighting Designer; Olivier Goulet, Projection Designer; Francois Desjardins, Sound Designer; Scott Osgood, Rigging and Acrobatic Equipment Designer; Germain Guillemot, Acrobatic Performance Designer; Michael Curry, Props Designer.
Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour will begin in Montreal in October 2011 and travel to select North American cities in the first leg, including Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Houston, Seattle, Toronto and Vancouver. Additional cities and dates will be announced.
For three days only, Cirque Club members and MichaelJackson.com subscribers will have exclusive access to purchase presale tickets online beginning Wednesday, November 3 at 10am Eastern Daylight Time.
Cirque Club membership is free and benefits include access to advance tickets, special offers and exclusive behind the scenes information. To join, go to www.cirqueclub.com. Starting Saturday, November 6 at 12pm local time, tickets will go on sale to the public for the cities and dates listed below.
For complete tour and ticket information, visit www.cirquedusoleil.com or Michael Jackson | The Official Michael Jackson Site The tour schedule is subject to change.
2011 TOUR SCHEDULE
October 2-3 Montreal, QC - Bell Centre
October 7 Ottawa, ON - Scotiabank Place
October 12 Hamilton, ON - Copps Coliseum
October 15 Detroit, MI - Joe Louis Arena
October 18 London, ON - John Labatt Centre
October 21 Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre
October 26 Winnipeg, MB - MTS Centre
October 29 Saskatoon, SK - Credit Union Centre
November 1 Edmonton, AB - Rexall Place
November 4 Vancouver, BC - Rog rs Arena
November 9 Seattle, WA - KeyArena
November 18 Portland, OR - Rose Garden
November 29 Salt Lake City, UT - EnergySolutions Arena
December 3-11 Las Vegas, NV - Mandalay Bay Events Center
2012 Tour Schedule
January 6 Denver, CO - Pepsi Center
January 10 Sacramento, CA - ARCO Arena
January 13 San Jose, CA - HP Pavillion at San Jose
January 18 Oakland, CA - Oracle Arena
January 21 San Diego, CA - Valley View Casino Center
January 24 Anaheim, CA - Honda Center
January 27 Los Angeles, CA - STAPLES Center
February 10 Houston, TX - Toyota Center
March 2 Miami, FL - AmericanAirlines Arena
March 24 Quebec City, QC - Colisee Pepsi
April 3 New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
April 10 Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center
June 29 Atlanta, GA - Philips Arena
In April 2010, The Estate of Michael Jackson and Cirque du Soleil announced an unprecedented arrangement 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. The two entities will each own 50 percent of each Michael Jackson project, sharing equally in the cost of creating, developing, building and producing the projects and in the profits from each project. The Estate of Michael Jackson will also receive royalty payments on various aspects of its intellectual property used in the Michael Jackson projects.
Posted 04 November 2010 - 05:33 AM
By BEN SISARIO
1:05 p.m. | Updated
Cirque du Soleil and the estate of Michael Jackson announced plans on Wednesday for the first of two planned Jackson-themed shows, “The Immortal World Tour,” to open in Montreal next fall. Described in a statement as taking place “in a fantastical realm where we discover Michael’s inspirational Giving Tree — the wellspring of his creativity,” the show is to combine Jackson’s music and choreography with the signature acrobatics of Cirque du Soleil.
The director of the show is Jamie King, 38, a choreographer and stage director whose résumé includes recent tours by Britney Spears, Madonna, Avril Lavigne and Celine Dion, and who was a dancer in Jackson’s 1992 tour for his album “Dangerous.”
A tour of 27 cities will begin at the Bell Center in Montreal on Oct. 2, 2011, and run at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas from Dec. 3 to 11, before continuing on the road through June 2012. The show is to play at Madison Square Garden on April 3, 2012, and organizers say that more tour dates will be added. Tickets for all shows go on sale Saturday through cirquedusoleil.com and michaeljackson.com.
Mr. King spoke with Ben Sisario on Wednesday. These are excerpts from their conversation.
Q. The show is described as taking place in the realm of Michael Jackson’s “Giving Tree.” What does that mean?
A. Early on I was invited to go to Neverland, and in my research I talked to people who worked there while Michael was living there.
I decided, along with the estate and the family and Cirque, to make Neverland my environment for the show. Within Neverland Michael had all of these gigantic oak trees, and one in particular he called the Giving Tree. But it’s really just a metaphor for being inside Michael’s world, inside his mind.
Q. And what sorts of things do we discover inside his mind?
A.Everything Michael: Michael’s love of fairy tale, his love of magic and theatricality, his love of music, his love of animals, his love of showmanship. This is the place where he wrote many albums, many songs; he wrote poetry there. This was his peace, his serenity. The show is that world blown up bigger than life.
Q. You’re known for Britney Spears’s Circus tour, and other big concert tours with Madonna and Christina Aguilera. Can people expect this to be anything like a Britney Spears concert?
A.The only similarity is that we’re doing a rock ’n’ roll show. It’s a hybrid. It’s Cirque du Soleil meets Michael Jackson, the biggest pop-rock show of all time. So you get the theatricality and the spectacle and the esoteric environments that Cirque provides, along with this wonderful rock ’n’ roll world that Michael is really known for. He put on best rock ’n’ roll shows of all time.
Q. When you were approached by Cirque and the estate, what did they tell you they wanted for the show?
A. We collectively wanted same thing. From the beginning our intention was to make sure that the essence, the spirit, of Michael Jackson lived on in this show. What that means specifically is that his music is the soundtrack, and that his performance and choreography lives in the show. So everything you can think of that is Michael Jackson will be given to you in this show, with some surprises, of course.
Michael Jackson Cirque du Soleil show to offer new songs, secrets
Los Angeles, California (CNN) -- Michael Jackson's music and dance combined with Cirque du Soleil's magic promises to be a "beautiful hybrid," the writer-director of "Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour" said Wednesday.
"You can imagine those two worlds together," Jamie King said. "The show is huge."
Ticket sales started Wednesday for the first leg of the North American tour, which opens October 2 in Montreal, Canada.
Fans will hear Jackson music they've never heard before, unreleased songs recorded by the pop star in the years before his sudden death last year, King said.
"Expect surprises," King said. The show will "provide secrets and give things that people haven't necessarily heard or seen before."
"Michael was a great writer of poetry," he said, suggesting that Jackson's poems will be an element in the Cirque production.
But fans will also get "Michael Jackson as they knew Michael Jackson," King said.
"That means from his performance aspect, his energy that he gave on stage, and that will be reflected in not only the set and the costumes but in the lighting and the musicality of the show," he said. "The iconic choreography is extremely important. The Moonwalk, the 'Smooth Criminal' dance, 'Thriller,' 'Beat It.' "
King, who has directed many of the biggest world concert tours over the past decade, worked early in his career with Jackson on his 1992 "Dangerous" tour.
He's also gotten help from Jackie Jackson. Michael's oldest brother, who has also helped prepare an upcoming CD of unreleased songs, met with King to share insight about the pop star.
Designing a Michael Jackson Cirque du Soleil production has "been a very natural process," King said.
"It makes so much sense for these two worlds to come together, because Michael was so into magic and fairy tale and everything that really Cirque is all about," he said. "He loved that innocence and childlike kind of creativity which Cirque provides."
The circus company, legendary for its creative and acrobatic performances, first talked to Jackson six years ago about the possibility of a Jackson-themed show, Cirque's president said when the agreement with his estate was announced in April. The estate and Cirque du Soleil are equal partners.
The show's tour visits nine Canadian and five U.S. cities in the last three months of 2011. Stops in 13 North American cities have been announced in the first half of 2012.
The MGM Mirage has signed on to host the Las Vegas, Nevada, residency starting in 2012. The hotel also will open a nightclub based on the Jackson show, the hotel said.
Posted 28 December 2010 - 08:52 PM
6 part British documentary on putting the show together, part 1:
Trailer of an U.S. documentary, Martin says The Beatles music is a "Holy Grail",
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Posted 12 March 2011 - 11:39 PM
I would much prefer to see unreleased concerts from Michael's Triumph, Victory, Bad, Dangerous and HIStory tours converted in to stereoscopic 3D, and shown in a IMAX cinema instead. Just Michael Jackson and a screen direct to fans.
Edited by Ben S, 12 March 2011 - 11:44 PM.
Posted 18 March 2011 - 04:59 PM
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