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Cirque to put on show based on Michael Jackson

Post by MJfan01' » Tue Apr 20, 2010 1:47 pm

LOS ANGELES – First the Beatles and Elvis, now Michael Jackson.

The acrobatic troupe Cirque du Soleil announced Tuesday that it will put on a live touring show featuring the songs of the King of Pop starting late next year.

That will be followed by a permanent production in Las Vegas in 2012 at a property owned by MGM Mirage Inc. The casino company did not say which venue will host the show. A nightclub in Las Vegas will also open with the show.

Cirque and Jackson's estate will each own 50 percent of the project and share equally in the cost of putting it on. The estate will also receive royalties from the use of Jackson's music and other assets.

"Having attended Cirque du Soleil performances with Michael, I know he was a huge fan," John Branca, the co-executor of the estate, said in a statement. "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."

Jackson's mother, Katherine, added in a statement, "Our family is thrilled that Cirque du Soleil will pay tribute to my son in such an important way."

Jackson died at age 50 last June on the cusp of a series of comeback concerts after overdosing on propofol and other sedatives. His personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, has pleaded not guilty to a charge of involuntary manslaughter.

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Post by Teva » Tue Apr 20, 2010 6:26 pm

Michael Jackson Cirque Deal May Launch Reality ShowFiled under: Celebrity // Roger Friedman // April 20th, 2010

Michael Jackson’s estate has made a deal with Cirque du Soleil, much as I predicted on November 11, 2009: http://tinyurl.com/y5rolc5

But the Cirque du Soleil deal is going to have many branches, from what I’m told. The feeling now is that the shows will use three choreographers. Two will be well known. A third may be selected from a reality show competition that would also yield dancers.

“Michael was always looking for new talent,” says an insider. “We would find it through a reality show.”

The Cirque deal will be a bonanza for Jackson’s estate. But it’s got to be a blow to AEG Live’s Randy Phillips and director/choreographer Kenny Ortega. They put together the “This is It” show and movie. But from the beginning, I am told, executors John Branca and John McClain were taken with the Cirque gestalt. Plus, as one observer put it, “AEG would have to get sponsors. Cirque du Soleil just writes the check.”

The Cirque shows, by the way, will feature holograms, 3D gizmos, and a futuristic theater that has moving seats. Michael would have loved it.

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Post by SexyChica » Wed Apr 21, 2010 12:20 am

I will be marking my calender for the first show when more information is released.

Glad to see AEG will not be making a profit off of Michael. We know he loved Cirque de Soleil.
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Post by sunshine.larrazabal » Wed Apr 21, 2010 2:29 am

I wish he's still here.. :( I hope I can watch the first show too.. Any idea how much does CDS admittance would cost?? Thank you in advance! I wish they will come to Canada so it wouldn't cost much though..
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Post by OneMoreChance » Wed Apr 21, 2010 8:29 am

Another Deal on Jackson, With Cirque
Michael Jackson is getting the Cirque du Soleil treatment.

Confirming rumors that have been circulating in the entertainment industry for months, the Jackson estate announced on Tuesday that it had struck a deal with Cirque du Soleil, the acrobatic-theater company based in Montreal, to create two theatrical shows centered on Jackson’s music, the first opening in Las Vegas next year.

That one, scheduled to open in fall 2011, will be an arena show modeled after a Jackson live concert. After a brief run in Las Vegas, it will go on tour around the world, while in late 2012 another Jackson show is scheduled to open in that city as a permanent attraction at a space owned by MGM Mirage, the hotel and casino operator, according to a joint statement from the estate and Cirque. Both shows were still in the planning stages and had not yet been named.

Coming a month after the estate’s historic $250 million record contract with Sony, the deal lines up another potentially huge revenue source, with more deals for Jackson products and attractions likely to come. When Jackson died last June, at 50, he left assets that have been valued at up to $1 billion, as well as payment obligations on a heavy debt load.

The productions are expected to combine wall-to-wall Jackson music and choreography with elaborate special effects. “In both shows you will feel Michael Jackson in the room, but they are going to be very different kinds of shows,” John Branca, a longtime lawyer for Jackson who is one of the executors of the estate, said in an interview.

The deal creates a joint venture between Cirque and the estate, with each entity owning half of the productions and splitting profits and costs, according to the announcement. Given Cirque’s success with shows like “Love,” the Beatles tribute that has been a strong draw in Las Vegas for four years, the deal has the potential to generate significant amounts of cash for the estate.

In addition to profits from the production, the estate will earn royalties on the music used in the shows. As with “Love,” the open-ended production in Las Vegas will be accompanied by a Jackson-theme nightclub, and there will be merchandise galore for fans to take home. Cirque will arrange financing for the shows, said Daniel Lamarre, its president and chief executive.

The Jackson show will be Cirque’s eighth in Las Vegas. In December it began performances of an Elvis Presley-related show, “Viva Elvis,” with a top ticket price of $175. (Despite Cirque’s success and renown, not all of its shows have been without complication; “Banana Shpeel” is set to begin performances next week at the Beacon Theater in Manhattan after three postponements.)

The “Love” soundtrack has sold 2.1 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and Sony and the Jackson estate said that about 31 million Jackson albums had been shipped to stores around the world since his death. (That figure, a common but inexact measurement in the music industry, is usually somewhat higher than the number of confirmed sales.)

Mr. Lamarre said on Tuesday that Jackson had visited the Cirque studio in 2004, and that the company had had on-and-off talks with him over the years to create a show. Inspired by Jackson’s elaborate stage productions, Mr. Lamarre said, Cirque was pushing to add new technologies, possibly including 3-D and holographic imagery.

He added that the Jackson productions would be the most expensive the company had ever produced; “Love” reportedly cost $175 million to mount, and “KÀ,” which opened in Las Vegas in 2005, was said to cost $220 million.

“We have never felt the pressure as we have now,” Mr. Lamarre said. “Michael Jackson made so many breakthroughs in the history of entertainment that we have no choice – we have to deliver new technology, new material, and an artistic content that will have no parallel.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/21/arts/ ... ckson.html

A Jackson themed nightclub?! How awesome is that!? :cool:
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Another Deal on Jackson, With Cirque
Michael Jackson is getting the Cirque du Soleil treatment.

Confirming rumors that have been circulating in the entertainment industry for months, the Jackson estate announced on Tuesday that it had struck a deal with Cirque du Soleil, the acrobatic-theater company based in Montreal, to create two theatrical shows centered on Jackson’s music, the first opening in Las Vegas next year.

That one, scheduled to open in fall 2011, will be an arena show modeled after a Jackson live concert. After a brief run in Las Vegas, it will go on tour around the world, while in late 2012 another Jackson show is scheduled to open in that city as a permanent attraction at a space owned by MGM Mirage, the hotel and casino operator, according to a joint statement from the estate and Cirque. Both shows were still in the planning stages and had not yet been named.

Coming a month after the estate’s historic $250 million record contract with Sony, the deal lines up another potentially huge revenue source, with more deals for Jackson products and attractions likely to come. When Jackson died last June, at 50, he left assets that have been valued at up to $1 billion, as well as payment obligations on a heavy debt load.

The productions are expected to combine wall-to-wall Jackson music and choreography with elaborate special effects. “In both shows you will feel Michael Jackson in the room, but they are going to be very different kinds of shows,” John Branca, a longtime lawyer for Jackson who is one of the executors of the estate, said in an interview.

The deal creates a joint venture between Cirque and the estate, with each entity owning half of the productions and splitting profits and costs, according to the announcement. Given Cirque’s success with shows like “Love,” the Beatles tribute that has been a strong draw in Las Vegas for four years, the deal has the potential to generate significant amounts of cash for the estate.

In addition to profits from the production, the estate will earn royalties on the music used in the shows. As with “Love,” the open-ended production in Las Vegas will be accompanied by a Jackson-theme nightclub, and there will be merchandise galore for fans to take home. Cirque will arrange financing for the shows, said Daniel Lamarre, its president and chief executive.

The Jackson show will be Cirque’s eighth in Las Vegas. In December it began performances of an Elvis Presley-related show, “Viva Elvis,” with a top ticket price of $175. (Despite Cirque’s success and renown, not all of its shows have been without complication; “Banana Shpeel” is set to begin performances next week at the Beacon Theater in Manhattan after three postponements.)

The “Love” soundtrack has sold 2.1 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and Sony and the Jackson estate said that about 31 million Jackson albums had been shipped to stores around the world since his death. (That figure, a common but inexact measurement in the music industry, is usually somewhat higher than the number of confirmed sales.)

Mr. Lamarre said on Tuesday that Jackson had visited the Cirque studio in 2004, and that the company had had on-and-off talks with him over the years to create a show. Inspired by Jackson’s elaborate stage productions, Mr. Lamarre said, Cirque was pushing to add new technologies, possibly including 3-D and holographic imagery.

He added that the Jackson productions would be the most expensive the company had ever produced; “Love” reportedly cost $175 million to mount, and “KÀ,” which opened in Las Vegas in 2005, was said to cost $220 million.

“We have never felt the pressure as we have now,” Mr. Lamarre said. “Michael Jackson made so many breakthroughs in the history of entertainment that we have no choice – we have to deliver new technology, new material, and an artistic content that will have no parallel.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/21/arts/ ... ckson.html

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Cirque to put on show based on Michael Jackson

Post by SexyChica » Wed Apr 21, 2010 3:22 pm

MJ nightclub AWESOME...

This is great news. Great job being done by the estate. It was nice to hear that Cirque was already talking with MJ about a show years before his passing.
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Post by sunshine.larrazabal » Tue Sep 28, 2010 3:06 am

Will we please keep this thread active esp. If they'll announce when exactly the start of CDS next year although they have announced it's late fall--- will it be November then? And if anybody's going, please let us know ahead so we could meet up there and spend at least an evening TOGETHER!

I am from Canada and I don't exactly know of you guys who's or are going to watch it in Las Vegas and yes, I am going! So please let me know if anyone's interested to meet! The more the merrier! All for Mike! <3
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