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''Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour'' (yes, the "the" is supposed to be capitalized, but not doing so reads better as a link) is CirqueDuSoleil's 30th production, an arena tour launched in 2011.

The premise has an everyman mime journey into the heart of the Neverland Ranch, MichaelJackson's most famous residence in life, and through a series of acrobatic and dance vignettes based around common themes and settings in his songs. These include dancing, gangsters and dangerous women, and supernatural creatures. While Jackson's original recordings are the basis of the soundtrack, there are live musicians and singers shoring them up.

This tour will be spending 2013 in Europe and Asia.

''Theatre/MichaelJacksonONE'' is a sister production at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

!!!This show contains examples of:
* AnimalMotifs: Costumed performers play elephants during "Ben" and descend from the rafters as bats during the horror sequence.
* AudienceParticipation: The performers head out into the audience and encourage the crowd to chant "Michael! Michael!" to lead into the Megamix.
** AudienceParticipationFailure: If audience reviews at Ticketmaster are any indication, sometimes they have a hard time getting the crowd to chant. After all, he's not going to show up.
* BareYourMidriff: Two ladies bare theirs: the cello player and the pole dancer who performs to "Dangerous".
* CluelessAesop: [[http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/arts/theater/cirque-du-soleil-michael-jackson-immortal-world-tour-review This review]] argues that "They Don't Care About Us" presents this; later in the review he notes that the show wouldn't have existed had Jackson's estate not seen its profit potential -- yet it equates money with evil.
--> ...dancing robots appear with LED breastplates that first flash dollar signs amidst videos of urban and international violence, then display hearts as Mother Teresa appears onscreen to feed starving children. The number was originally designed for Jackson's This Is It shows (performances that were preempted by the artist's demise), so Cirque can't entirely be blamed for its unseemly exploitation of human suffering for commercial entertainment. Of course Jackson would have seen himself as raising awareness, and Cirque doubtless think the same thing about the pro-Gaia number ["Earth Song"] that unfolds as 30,000 people sip from souvenir plastic cups.
* CultureEqualsCostume: For the "Black or White" portion of the Megamix, there are "Thai" dancers, a "Spanish" ''matador'' (!), etc.
* CreepyCemetery: Guess where the horror-inspired segment ("Thriller", etc.) takes place?
* DancePartyEnding: Naturally.
* TheDeadCanDance: In the Scary Story sequence. Instead of "Thriller" zombies, the dancers are white-clad mummies.
* TheElevenOClockNumber: "Will You Be There".
* TheEveryman: The Mime.
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: ''Bubbles the chimp'' (as played by a dancer) is a character!
* EverythingsBetterWithSparkles: Many costumes in this show are festooned with sequins, crystals, etc. Michael's iconic sparkly white glove appears more than once (including a jumbo-sized version that a dancer manipulates from within).
* FacelessGoons: The robot-esque soldiers in "They Don't Care About Us", though they become good by the end of the number.
* TheFlapper: Most of the women in the {{Gangsterland}} sequence.
* FunnyAfro: The Mime and Fantatics don these to imitate the Jackson 5 in one comic interlude.
* {{Gangsterland}}: As depicted in movies of the 1930s, this is the setting of the "This Place Hotel"/"Smooth Criminal"/"Dangerous" sequence.
* GreenAesop: The "Earth Song" segment.
* HandicappedBadass: Even people who don't like the show single out Jean Sok, a one-legged dancer, for praise.
* JukeboxMusical: More accurately, Jukebox Circus.
* LivingStatue: Several friendly ones flank the gates of Neverland; they come to life in the early "Childhood" sequence.
* ManInWhite
** The Mime, befitting his status as an innocent everyman.
** Most of the male "corpses" in the Scary Story sequence.
* NonIronicClown: The Mime and the four Fanatics.
* PantomimeAnimal: The elephants.
* RoseTintedNarrative: Of Jackson's life and career. The show heavily stresses his lost childhood and his concerns for children and the environment, makes a big deal of the Mime and his friends getting the chance to enter the gates of Neverland Ranch, and unlike its spiritual predecessors, emphasizes the fact that the show's subject is dead. As far as stirring the audience's emotions goes, by the end the performers are urging them to chant his name, as if this were an actual Jackson concert (see AudienceParticipation).
* SharpDressedMan: The gangsters.
* SpiritualSuccessor: To ''TheBeatlesLOVE'' and ''VivaElvis''.
* SwansASwimming: The duo straps performers for "I Just Can't Stop Loving You" are costumed as stylized swans; the woman is in white, the man in black.
* TheVamp: The pole dancer who performs to "Dangerous", embodying the subject of the song.
* WorldTree: Originally the set was dominated by a "Giving Tree" similar to one Jackson loved to sit in at the Neverland Ranch; most of the huge setpiece was discarded early in the run, though the tall trunk remains.
* [[WomanInWhite Women in White]]: The female "corpses" during the Scary Story.

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''Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour'' (yes, the "the" is supposed to be capitalized, but not doing so reads better as a link) is CirqueDuSoleil's 30th production, an arena tour launched in 2011.

The premise has an everyman mime journey into the heart of the Neverland Ranch, MichaelJackson's most famous residence in life, and through a series of acrobatic and dance vignettes based around common themes and settings in his songs. These include dancing, gangsters and dangerous women, and supernatural creatures. While Jackson's original recordings are the basis of the soundtrack, there are live musicians and singers shoring them up.

This tour will be spending 2013 in Europe and Asia.

''Theatre/MichaelJacksonONE'' is a sister production at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

!!!This show contains examples of:
* AnimalMotifs: Costumed performers play elephants during "Ben" and descend from the rafters as bats during the horror sequence.
* AudienceParticipation: The performers head out into the audience and encourage the crowd to chant "Michael! Michael!" to lead into the Megamix.
** AudienceParticipationFailure: If audience reviews at Ticketmaster are any indication, sometimes they have a hard time getting the crowd to chant. After all, he's not going to show up.
* BareYourMidriff: Two ladies bare theirs: the cello player and the pole dancer who performs to "Dangerous".
* CluelessAesop: [[http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/arts/theater/cirque-du-soleil-michael-jackson-immortal-world-tour-review This review]] argues that "They Don't Care About Us" presents this; later in the review he notes that the show wouldn't have existed had Jackson's estate not seen its profit potential -- yet it equates money with evil.
--> ...dancing robots appear with LED breastplates that first flash dollar signs amidst videos of urban and international violence, then display hearts as Mother Teresa appears onscreen to feed starving children. The number was originally designed for Jackson's This Is It shows (performances that were preempted by the artist's demise), so Cirque can't entirely be blamed for its unseemly exploitation of human suffering for commercial entertainment. Of course Jackson would have seen himself as raising awareness, and Cirque doubtless think the same thing about the pro-Gaia number ["Earth Song"] that unfolds as 30,000 people sip from souvenir plastic cups.
* CultureEqualsCostume: For the "Black or White" portion of the Megamix, there are "Thai" dancers, a "Spanish" ''matador'' (!), etc.
* CreepyCemetery: Guess where the horror-inspired segment ("Thriller", etc.) takes place?
* DancePartyEnding: Naturally.
* TheDeadCanDance: In the Scary Story sequence. Instead of "Thriller" zombies, the dancers are white-clad mummies.
* TheElevenOClockNumber: "Will You Be There".
* TheEveryman: The Mime.
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: ''Bubbles the chimp'' (as played by a dancer) is a character!
* EverythingsBetterWithSparkles: Many costumes in this show are festooned with sequins, crystals, etc. Michael's iconic sparkly white glove appears more than once (including a jumbo-sized version that a dancer manipulates from within).
* FacelessGoons: The robot-esque soldiers in "They Don't Care About Us", though they become good by the end of the number.
* TheFlapper: Most of the women in the {{Gangsterland}} sequence.
* FunnyAfro: The Mime and Fantatics don these to imitate the Jackson 5 in one comic interlude.
* {{Gangsterland}}: As depicted in movies of the 1930s, this is the setting of the "This Place Hotel"/"Smooth Criminal"/"Dangerous" sequence.
* GreenAesop: The "Earth Song" segment.
* HandicappedBadass: Even people who don't like the show single out Jean Sok, a one-legged dancer, for praise.
* JukeboxMusical: More accurately, Jukebox Circus.
* LivingStatue: Several friendly ones flank the gates of Neverland; they come to life in the early "Childhood" sequence.
* ManInWhite
** The Mime, befitting his status as an innocent everyman.
** Most of the male "corpses" in the Scary Story sequence.
* NonIronicClown: The Mime and the four Fanatics.
* PantomimeAnimal: The elephants.
* RoseTintedNarrative: Of Jackson's life and career. The show heavily stresses his lost childhood and his concerns for children and the environment, makes a big deal of the Mime and his friends getting the chance to enter the gates of Neverland Ranch, and unlike its spiritual predecessors, emphasizes the fact that the show's subject is dead. As far as stirring the audience's emotions goes, by the end the performers are urging them to chant his name, as if this were an actual Jackson concert (see AudienceParticipation).
* SharpDressedMan: The gangsters.
* SpiritualSuccessor: To ''TheBeatlesLOVE'' and ''VivaElvis''.
* SwansASwimming: The duo straps performers for "I Just Can't Stop Loving You" are costumed as stylized swans; the woman is in white, the man in black.
* TheVamp: The pole dancer who performs to "Dangerous", embodying the subject of the song.
* WorldTree: Originally the set was dominated by a "Giving Tree" similar to one Jackson loved to sit in at the Neverland Ranch; most of the huge setpiece was discarded early in the run, though the tall trunk remains.
* [[WomanInWhite Women in White]]: The female "corpses" during the Scary Story.
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4th May '13 5:30:06 AM Sapphirea2
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''MichaelJacksonONE'' is a sister production at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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''MichaelJacksonONE'' ''Theatre/MichaelJacksonONE'' is a sister production at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
21st Feb '13 12:26:09 PM Sapphirea
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''Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour'' (yes, the "the" is supposed to be capitalized, but not doing so reads better as a link) is CirqueDuSoleil's 30th production, an arena tour launched in 2011 and the first of two different Cirque shows focused on the music of MichaelJackson; the second, to open in 2013, will be a permanent show at the Mandalay Bay casino resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The premise has an everyman mime journey into the heart of the Neverland Ranch, Jackson's most famous residence in life, and through a series of acrobatic and dance vignettes based around common themes and settings in his songs. These include dancing, gangsters and dangerous women, and supernatural creatures. While Jackson's original recordings are the basis of the soundtrack, there are live musicians and singers shoring them up.

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''Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour'' (yes, the "the" is supposed to be capitalized, but not doing so reads better as a link) is CirqueDuSoleil's 30th production, an arena tour launched in 2011 and the first of two different Cirque shows focused on the music of MichaelJackson; the second, to open in 2013, will be a permanent show at the Mandalay Bay casino resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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The premise has an everyman mime journey into the heart of the Neverland Ranch, Jackson's MichaelJackson's most famous residence in life, and through a series of acrobatic and dance vignettes based around common themes and settings in his songs. These include dancing, gangsters and dangerous women, and supernatural creatures. While Jackson's original recordings are the basis of the soundtrack, there are live musicians and singers shoring them up.


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''MichaelJacksonONE'' is a sister production at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
5th Feb '13 1:51:35 PM Sapphirea
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This tour will be spending 2013 in Europe.

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This tour will be spending 2013 in Europe.
Europe and Asia.
28th Dec '12 11:55:51 AM Sapphirea
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* RoseTintedNarrative: Of Jackson's life and career. Aside from acknowledging his frustration at not having a "proper" childhood, it leaves out the darker aspects of his life. The show also heavily stresses his concerns for children and the environment, makes a big deal of the Mime and his friends getting the chance to enter the gates of Neverland Ranch, and unlike its spiritual predecessors, emphasizes the fact that the show's subject is dead. As far as stirring the audience's emotions goes, by the end the performers are urging them to chant his name, as if this were an actual Jackson concert (see AudienceParticipation).

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* RoseTintedNarrative: Of Jackson's life and career. Aside from acknowledging his frustration at not having a "proper" childhood, it leaves out the darker aspects of his life. The show also heavily stresses his lost childhood and his concerns for children and the environment, makes a big deal of the Mime and his friends getting the chance to enter the gates of Neverland Ranch, and unlike its spiritual predecessors, emphasizes the fact that the show's subject is dead. As far as stirring the audience's emotions goes, by the end the performers are urging them to chant his name, as if this were an actual Jackson concert (see AudienceParticipation).
26th Dec '12 7:12:57 AM Sapphirea
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* TheVamp: The pole dancer who performs to "Dangerous", embodying the subject of the song.
26th Dec '12 7:05:14 AM Sapphirea
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* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: Bubbles the chimp (as played by a dancer) is a character!

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* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: Bubbles ''Bubbles the chimp chimp'' (as played by a dancer) is a character!



* FacelessGoons: The robot-esque soldiers in "They Don't Care About Us", though they become good by the end of the number.

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* FacelessGoons: The robot-esque soldiers in "They Don't Care About Us", though they become good by the end of the number.number.
* TheFlapper: Most of the women in the {{Gangsterland}} sequence.
26th Dec '12 6:59:34 AM Sapphirea
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* CultureEqualsCostume: For the "Black or White" portion of the Megamix, there are "Indian" belly dancers, a "Spanish" ''matador'' (!), etc.

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* CultureEqualsCostume: For the "Black or White" portion of the Megamix, there are "Indian" belly "Thai" dancers, a "Spanish" ''matador'' (!), etc.
26th Dec '12 6:46:54 AM Sapphirea
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* LivingStatue: Several friendly ones flank the gates of Neverland; they come to life in the early "Childhood" sequence.
26th Dec '12 6:43:21 AM Sapphirea
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* DancingPants: A giant, dancing white sequined glove struts its stuff at one point.
* TheDeadCanDance: In the Scary Story sequence. Instead of "Thriller" zombies, most of the dancers are playing white-clad mummies.

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* DancingPants: A giant, dancing white sequined glove struts its stuff at one point.
* TheDeadCanDance: In the Scary Story sequence. Instead of "Thriller" zombies, most of the dancers are playing white-clad mummies.



* EverythingsBetterWithSparkles: Many costumes in this show are festooned with sequins, crystals, etc. Michael's iconic sparkly white glove appears more than once (including a jumbo-sized version; see DancingPants above).

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* EverythingsBetterWithSparkles: Many costumes in this show are festooned with sequins, crystals, etc. Michael's iconic sparkly white glove appears more than once (including a jumbo-sized version; see DancingPants above).version that a dancer manipulates from within).
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