Jason traveled to Tampa this week and got a chance to review Michael Jackson: Immortal the World Tour by Cirque du Soleil. This high energy show was a mix between a traditional Cirque du Soleil show with amazing acrobatics and dancers, and a rock concert! The show, that is divided into two different acts, showcases music and iconic dancing from Michael Jackson. Before the show started, I learned that most of the musicians in this show worked with Michael Jackson on previous records and tours. Also, some of the dancers we dancers from the tour that was canceled due to the unforeseen death of the iconic King of Pop.
The first act had a great mix of high flying acrobatics, dancing, live rock music, and a great mixture of lighting and costumes! Some of my favorite scenes were Working Day and Night, which has the cast painting a building (which is a LED screen) and they run into some unexplained happenings, such as getting stuck on the side of a subway train, or riding a 20 foot water stream that shot out of a fire hydrant! I also loved Dangerous which featured a female acrobat that performed “dangerous” pole dancing feats. Thriller, Smooth Criminal and Wanna Be Starting Something also had iconic dancing from the music videos (including the famous lean in Smooth Criminal).
The second act went deeper into a message of love, peace, and saving the planet. Some of the featured songs in this act were Earth Song, in which the mime dances holding a planet earth and symbolizes how we have to protect her from harm and others. Scream showcases some high flying tumbling which shows videos of the world coming apart and the trees on fire. They Don’t Care About Us, which is one of my favorite scenes from the show, uses over 20 robots with LED breastplates that speak of unison, and coming together for the greater good. I learned after the show, that the robot scene was made for the This Is It concert that was canceled due to the death of Michael. At the end of the concert, they finished with a Mega Mix which showcased some of the greatest hits of Jackson. The last song was Man In The Mirror, which is the song that Jackson chose to end most of his concerts with, which showcased a celebration of the legacy of the Immortal Michael Jackson.
This show was amazing. I have now seen over 10 Cirque du Soleil shows, and this one did not disappoint me at all! I love the music of Michael Jackson, and Cirque so this show was right up my alley! I loved how there was live music, and how they incorporated live singing with the voice of Michael Jackson. The costumes and the dancing were phenomenal which really rounded out the entire show! The show is gone now from the Orlando area, and they are on a break now, but if they come to your area, make sure you check it out! Cirque never disappoints me, and I know you will not be disappointed either!