Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour Comes to Sunrise
By Skip Sheffield
Cirque du Soleil (Circus of the Sun for you non-French speakers) has come a long way since its formation by two former street performers in Quebec, Canada in 1984. It is an international sensation with more than 30 elaborate productions that have toured worldwide.
The latest to our area, “Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour” has a limited run Friday and Saturday May 23 and 14 at BB&T Center in Sunrise.
Like “Love,” which blended The Beatles Music catalog and fantastic staging with incredible and graceful feats of human dexterity and balance, “Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour,” which is already one of the top 10-grossing music tours of all time, plays tribute to the late singer-songwriter and his timeless musical contributions to the world.
“Michael Jackson” varies from the usual Cirque du Soleil fantasy in that it is staged as a rock concert with a cast of 49 dancers, musicians and acrobats. The underlying message is Michael Jackson’s commitment to love, world peace and unity. The band features some of the very musicians who worked with the late Jackson, who died prematurely at age 50 in 2009. The death was attributed to a prescription drug overdose. Jackson, the eighth of 10 children born to a poor Gary, Indiana family, shot to stardom at age 10 as the pint-sized lead singer of the brothers act The Jackson 5.
Jackson’s music on the other hand will never die. After all, his 1982 album “Thriller” is the best-selling recording of all time. The show incorporates video of Jackson performing and costumed performers representing his various looks and dance moves. In all there are 32 Jackson songs in part or whole, recorded and played live by an onstage band.
Tickets range in price from $50 to $125. Call TicketMaster at 800-745-3000 or go to www.ticketmaster.com.