*Michael Jackson was a legend before his untimely death. But his name and collection of work is being honored in a new way, along with classic artists Elvis Presley and the Beatles.
The late King of Pop is going to be celebrated with a Cirque du Soleil show.
“Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour” made its U.S. debut Saturday night at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, only a handful of miles away from the old Motown Records headquarters where Jackson got his start as a member of The Jackson 5, says the Associated Press.
The two-hour show incorporates the magnificent talent of Cirque’s acrobatic performances and the sheer showmanship Jackson was known for.
“Michael was a performer that was not just music. He was dance. He was cinema. He had a humanitarian side,” said Kevin Antunes, the “Immortal” show’s musical designer. “So, you can take all of that and put it all into the show. That’s where I think the difference is.”
If you go see the show, expect the Cirque version of “Smooth Criminal,” “Thriller,” and other classics. The show will tour around the country through July 2012, but more dates will be added. And by 2013, it will take permanent residence at the Mandalay Bay Theatre in Las Vegas.
Speaking of “Immortal,” the unreleased music and remixed versions of the Jackson hits will hit stores on Nov. 21 and will feature 37 tracks.