There’s a lot to come out of the death of Michael Jackson. Aside from bad news and ugly rumors, we’ve gotten some new music and a (supposed) Jackson 5 reunion. But none of those can compare with the news of Cirque du Soleil, the Montreal, CA-based performance company, joining forces with the Jackson estate for a spectacle based on the life and music of the King of Pop.
Cirque, which also has shows featuring The Beatles and Elvis Presley, plans on kicking off two creative projects related to Jackson come 2011. While details are under wrap right now, the company did confirm it willl have the whole Jackson catalog to use and could focus on Thriller and some of the unreleased tracks.
“We came to an agreement with Michael Jackson’s estate to create and produce two shows,” Cirque du Soleil President and Chief Executive Officer Daniel Lamarre told MTV News. “One show is going to be an arena show at the end of 2011 and will tour for one year in North America and then tour around the world for many years to come. At the end of 2012, we’ll also open a permanent show in Las Vegas.”
The cost of the multi-million dollar project will be split 50/50 by Cirque and the Jackson estate. While the show doesn’t have a home yet, expect it to be in one of MGM Mirage hotels (be it (Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, Monte Carlo). The goal, Lamarre said, is to see Vegas become “the home of Michael Jackson and people will come from all over the world to experience the uniqueness of the technology that we want to bring there.” There’s also talk of retro-fitting the chosen hotel to fit the Jackson motif and possibly designing other restaurants, hotels, and nightclubs with Jackson’s image.
“I think we can use some 3-D technologies and hologram technologies to allow people to see Michael Jackson onstage,” Lamarre said of the technology the troop is possibly going to utilize. “If you are an MJ fan, you want to see him, and we have to find the best, most innovative way to bring Michael onstage.”
And if that weren’t enough, they’re kicking around the idea of making part of the production itself involve some aspect of a reality show. Sorry, Tito, you can’t be in on this one.
“John McClain came to us with the idea,” Lamarre said of the yet-untitled program. “We would pick the best choreographer that there is in the world to work on [our stage] show, but also use them in a reality show in order to find a new, cutting-edge choreographer that could join the team.”
More info on each of the endeavors as they’re announced.