By Sara Boyd, WCCO

Is it too soon? Or is Cirque du Soleil capitalizing on an opportunity of a lifetime?

Today, the announcement was made that the new Cirque show, “Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour” will come to Minneapolis next year. The show, slated for 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, 2012, is said to be in partnership with the Estate of Michael Jackson — perhaps creating the ultimate memorial.

It’s true, Michael Jackson’s impact on music and dance has forever changed the landscape of pop culture. But I have to be honest that my initial reaction to seeing the words, “The Immortal World Tour” was, well, kind of creeped out.

The preview for the show boasts of Jackson’s legendary tours and his ability to rock massive audiences for most of his career — and there’s no doubt he had an impact.

And it’s true that Cirque du Soleil has been quite successful with similar tributes to the Beatles and Elvis — though both were many years after the height of their success (and deaths of certain performers). So I just wonder if the world is ready for a reincarnated Jackson just yet.

But that’s, of course, rivaled by an intense curiosity for an experience showcasing Jackson’s top hits and stellar moves. One can only imagine the crazy concepts a Cirque du Soleil mind could create for such an iconic figure.

The tour is said to take place in a “fantastical realm” where the audience finds Jackson’s origin of creativity — a Giving Tree. According to the press release, “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.”

Hmm, again I must wonder, too soon? Neverland Ranch still has more negative memories attached to it than the positive ones Jackson was aiming for, but with time his legendary status is slowly overshadowing those final troubled years of his life. Still, words like fairy tale, magic and beauty of nature can’t help but conjure up bizarre memories of the King of Pop’s strange transformation.

The show is also said to include 60 international performers and has Mr. Jamie King at the helm, as its writer and director — who worked closely with Jackson (not to mention Prince, Madonna, Rihanna, Britney Spears, the list goes on and on …).

My inner Michael Jackson fan truly hopes this show will be a thing of wonder and a true honor to the pop legend’s vast history. I just hope we’re ready to be a part of his world, once again.

Tickets for the “Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tourgo on sale at 9 a.m. Wednesday, March 9 for Cirque Club members online here. Tickets for the general public go on sale at noon Saturday, March 12 here. Tickets range from $50 to $250.

Comments (10)
  1. Theresa B says:

    Why can’t the media ever just concentrate on the artistry of Michael Jackson which is unparalled in the last 50 years? Innuendo and rumor in stories like this certainly get old. And, since when have all the Beatles died? Last time I checked, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr were still alive. Just shoddy cut and paste work again. Why don’t the media listen to the people that really knew Michael Jackson. They would rather listen to grifters and opportunists. I am sure some of those nearly 30 million Michael Jackson fans on facebook are going to gladly buy tickets to hear a stellar Cirque du Soleil production with the finest pop music ever written, produced and recorded by an amazing artist whose work will stand the test of time long after the writer of this piece is forgotten.

  2. Gary West says:

    It is a bit silly to ask if the world is ready for a Michael Jackson show now, when the tickets to his planned O2 concerts sold instantaneously and crashed the system. There is enormous demand for anything involving an artist of this calibre, and it goes well beyond his “80s stuff.” You have a lot left to discover!
    I also think that Jackson’s tragic death prompted many people to carefully examine the media’s role in creating a freakish caricature, for ratings and profit, that according to all his closest associates, bore little resemblance to the real man. If you do your homework and look beyond the copy-and-paste garbage out there, which you have perpetuated here, you may just learn you must replace your “bizarre memories” with an open mind.

  3. Weffie says:

    I can’t wait to see this and I know it will be wonderful. Michael Jackson’s body of work speaks for itself and I am so glad that we are finally learning about the true Michael – the one that the media chose to ignore in favor of sensationalism. I look forward to seeing how this production captures the magic of his music and performance.

  4. Tania says:

    I would rather be a part of Michael Jackson’s world than the false and fabricated one the media has created about him. Michael Jackson was all about love, peace and coming together to help each other, themes of which can be found in many of his songs and particularly after the “80’s Michael Jackson”. Its a pity that’s the only one the writer of this article knows because you are missing out on a whole lot. Have you not heard of the song “Heal the World”?

    I am confident that Cirque Du Soleil will stage a wonderful tribute about the life and legacy of a wonderful human being who was not only gifted with an incredible musical talent but surely one of our worlds most generous and selfless humanitarians. I am very excited to see how they will honour this inspirational man.

    I encourage the writer of this article to go to the show with an open mind and replace those “bizarre memories” with a more accurate picture of Michael Jackson. Fairy tales and magic are not just for children, but for the child at heart. And that’s not such a bad part of the world to exist in at all.

  5. Me2 says:


  6. slboyd says:

    Thank you all for your comments. I definitely am not questioning the impact Michael Jackson’s career has had on the world, which is clearly stated in my column. I’m merely wondering aloud if the world is ready to be immersed in his universe again and if enough time has passed for the wounds to heal since his passing. I completely agree that there was a media frenzy over Jackson’s final years and yes, that it at times got out of hand. But some of the events that occurred in Jackson’s life, as dark as they were, are fact and cannot be denied. I am definitely looking forward to the Tour and have no doubt it will be an entertaining spectacle, honoring and giving respect to one of the greatest artists of our lifetime. I was simply posing a question to solicit some dialogue. Thank you all again for your comments.
    — Sara Boyd

    1. Rachel Smith says:

      ‘ But some of the events that occurred in Jackson’s life, as dark as they were, are fact and cannot be denied-” I wanted to comment that even in the dark events many of these were twisted & not all true. Most of the media ignored the truth from the 2005 trial. They ignored the Truth Facts of The TRIAL & even fabricated stuff.

      Read the actual court transcripts or Aphrodite Jones book- Michael Jackson Conspiracy

      – Aphrodite Jones uses the court transcripts and photo evidence never before seen by the public to tell the real story behind the salacious headlines — and what went on inside — and outside — Michael Jackson’s highly sensationalized 2005 criminal trial. Turns out, inside the courtroom, there was no proof offered of Michael Jackson as a sinister character, and no proof that he committed a single crime. In their efforts to win ratings, Jones proves,the media completely missed the truth.

  7. Me2 says:

    Laughs to myself.This is amusing…No really.Is that name i see suppose to prevent something?You should know that doesnt mean anything.If there was something to say i would say it NO MATTER WHAT.but this is just Nonsense!

    1. slboyd says:

      I don’t really get your point. But hope you have a wonderful day!

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