Michael Jackson, Cirque du Soleil, MGM and Stimulated.Inc???
Robin Leach: “Michael Jackson Cirque du Soleil touring show will first run as a showcase in Montreal for just two weeks and then come to Mandalay Bay Events Center late next year for an as-yet-undetermined multiple-week residency before starting a world tour. “
“No decision has been made yet on the MGM property that will host the resident show when it’s finally produced in 2012. I have been told that technology that Michael Jackson himself had supervised for the This Is It run of concerts at London’s 02 Arena will be used in the Las Vegas shows, with even more advanced innovative and cutting-edge technology to be specially developed, including 3D.
MGM Marketing President Bill Hornbuckle told me moments ago: “Over the last 40 years, three entertainment icons changed the face of music: Elvis Presley, The Beatles and Michael Jackson. MGM and Cirque now have the ultimate trio.“
““MGM Cirque and Michael Jackson’s lawyers worked on this deal for the past two months, and we’re obviously very excited. The lawyers came to Las Vegas a few weeks ago to see Viva Elvis, Love and the O shows before giving the OK. No current Cirque show will be dropped. This will be a new addition — the eighth!”
Wow, it`s interesting. So when Michael actually began cooperating with the circus?
“Bill also told me that incredibly years ago, there were preliminary talks among Michael, Cirque and MGM, but nothing specific materialized. He added: “There have been very preliminary talks about constructing a new theater for this show because of the technology that will be implemented, but it’s too early for there to be any specifics about that. Now that the announcement has been made, all of that planning gets underway.”
One entertainment insider commented: “The world will come to Las Vegas for this Michael Jackson show. In one fell swoop, Las Vegas fortunes are restored, and every MGM hotel will be filled for years. It truly is the one destination now for Michael’s fans from all around the globe. It will create an even bigger phenomenon.”
“In a one-on-one exclusive, I just interviewed Cirque du Soleil President Daniel Lamarre, who told me that he first met Michael in 2004 and gave him a tour of the Montreal headquarters. “He was a big Cirque fan and saw all our shows,” Daniel said. “The last one he saw was Love at The Mirage.“
We flirted sporadically but over many years talking about how a Cirque show would interpret his songs and his music. We only finished the agreement in the last few hours. His mother told us all, ‘Michael always wanted to work with Cirque, so do this.’ It was her approval that sealed the deal. She played a major role in Cirque winning against many others interested in such a show.
Daniel added: “I want Mrs. Jackson and the fans to be very proud of what we create. There will be no Michael Jackson impersonators. There is only one Michael Jackson!”
Thank you Daniel.
“Daniel invited me to Montreal for Day 1 of the creation team at work on the Michael Jackson show, so we’ll go there for that and report weekly as it develops. He also revealed that Michael’s estate, MGM and Cirque will bring in a fourth partner to create the most advanced and innovative technology.”
Who is the mysterious fourth partner?
Maybe Stimulated, Inc.?
“Daniel said Cirque’s creative team is already looking at This Is It dress rehearsal videos to use in the shows.”
Let’s go back a little.
April 2009: “Michael himself has told AEG London producers that he wants to have magical elements in his new shows, plus a lineup of look-alike dancers. It is safe to assume that the visit here was a scouting and research trip to see the latest innovations in the world’s entertainment capital.”