By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: The King of Pop is going back on tour. Sort of.
It was announced today that Cirque du Soleil will launch “Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour,” which will be written and directed by Jamie King. The show will combine Jackson’s music and signature choreography with Cirque du Soleil’s visual creativity for a series of live performances.
Here’s the release, in part:
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.
Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour will begin in Montreal in October 2011, eventually moving through the following cities:
Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
Ottawa, ON – Scotiabank Place
Hamilton, ON – Copps Coliseum
Detroit, MI – Joe Louis Arena
London, ON – John Labatt Centre
Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
Winnipeg, MB – MTS Centre
Saskatoon, SK – Credit Union Centre
Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place
Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
Seattle, WA – KeyArena
Portland, OR – Rose Garden
Salt Lake City, UT – EnergySolutions Arena
Las Vegas, NV – Mandalay Bay Events Center
2012 Tour Schedule
Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
Sacramento, CA – ARCO Arena
San Jose, CA – HP Pavillion at San Jose
Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena
San Diego, CA – Valley View Casino Center
Anaheim, CA – Honda Center
Los Angeles, CA – STAPLES Center
Houston, TX – Toyota Center
Miami, FL – AmericanAirlines Arena
Quebec City, QC – Colisee Pepsi
New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center