The culture of music in the 80’s was undoubtedly a phenomenon when compared to today. It was a turning point in music history, with multiple genres emerging, such as new wave, heavy metal, punk rock and hip-hop. Further, there is no one single personality that dominated any of the decades following quite like Michael Jackson did in the 80’s. That’s just how the music industry worked, and Jackson stood on top for a long time. He became the phenomenon itself.
It would be difficult to make young people today grasp the unparalleled celebrity that was The King of Pop. His audiences were vast and varied, he broke through social constructs, became one of the most recognizable human beings on the planet, and managed to entrench himself there, in our hearts, for a long time. Here in Las Vegas, Cirque du Soleil and the Estate of Michael Jackson have created a show that embodies his artistry and spirit called Michael Jackson ONE, showing at Mandalay Bay.
Michael Jackson ONE is an electrifying fusion of acrobatics, dance and visuals that reflects the dynamic showmanship of the King of Pop, immersing the audience into the world of Michael's music. Driven by his biggest hits heard like never before in a riveting, state-of-the-art surround-sound environment – ONE takes the audience through a seamless visual and musical montage, at the heart of a world that is in turn majestic, playful, magical and heart-warming. In Michael Jackson ONE, Michael's spirit is channeled through the vibrant energy of the cast of 63 dancers and performers, underscored by aerial performance, driving acrobatics, and vivid choreographies that use the urban/hip hop idiom as a springboard for exploration.
This month, celebrate the birthday of the legendary King of Pop by enjoying exclusive performances, a cast Q&A, and a birthday reception with those who knew him personally including members of the Estate, legendary director Jamie King, Rich and Tone and Michael Bush. Also see exclusive Michael Jackson memorabilia including his iconic “Smooth Criminal” video pinstripe suit and red American Music Awards jacket. This celebration is free and open to the public on August 29th. For more information on this exciting birthday celebration, visit cirquedusoleil.com/mjbday.
Michael Jackson ONE performs inside the Michael Jackson ONE Theater at Mandalay Bay, Friday through Tuesday at 7 and 9:30 p.m. There are no performances on Wednesday and Thursday. Tickets range from $69 to $180 (LIMITED Golden Circle seating), plus tax and fee. Tickets are available 120 days in advance of the performance date, and prices are subject to change. For more information, promotions, or to reserve tickets, call (702) 632-7580 or visit online at cirquedusoleil.com/mjone.