LAS VEGAS, June 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Cirque du Soleil and the Estate of Michael Jackson present tonight the world premiere of Michael Jackson ONE in Las Vegas, a new creation taking residency exclusively at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. Directed by Jamie King, this entirely new show is the second creative project to be developed between Cirque du Soleil and The Estate of Michael Jackson after the top grossing Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour, currently playing arenas in Asia as it travels the world.
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Celebrities joining the night's red carpet event and after-party at Mandalay Beach included Guy Laliberte, Katherine Jackson, Prince Jackson, Blanket Jackson, Jackie Jackson, Marlon Jackson, Tito Jackson, Justin Bieber, Neil Patrick Harris, Spike Lee, David Arquette, Allison Janney (The West Wing), Dule Hill (The West Wing), Berry Gordy (founder of Motown Records), Ryan Kwanten (True Blood), Alfre Woodard, Roberto Cavalli (fashion designer), Pharrell Williams (GRAMMY Award winning musician/entrepreneur), Dot Jones (Glee), Rex Lee (Entourage), Ian Ziering (Beverly Hills 90210), Jon Secada (singer), Dj Ashba (Guns N' Roses, SIXX AM), Tom Higgenson (Plain White), Richard MacDonald (sculptor), Robert Griffin (NFL Washington Redskins), Jennette McCurdy, Jamie King (ONE Story Creator and Director), Welby Altidor (Director of Creation), Kevin Antunes (Musical Director), Jonathan Deans (Sound Designer), Zaldy Goco (Costume Designer), Nathalie Gagne (Makeup Designer), Ivan "Flipz" Velez (Choreographer), Rich and Tone Talauega (Choreographers) and local entertainers including Carrot Top, Jeff Beacher, Jabbawockeez, Clint Holmes, Human Nature and Justin Mortelliti, Mark Shunock and Carrie St. Louis of Rock of Ages.
Creative Team: Jamie King (ONE Story Creator and Director), Welby Altidor (Director of Creation), Kevin Antunes (Musical Director), Jonathan Deans (Sound Designer), Zaldy Goco (Costume Designer), Nathalie Gagne(Makeup Designer), Ivan "Flipz" Velez (Choreographer), Rich and Tone Talauega (Choreographers).
Michael Jackson ONE is a sonic, tonic fusion of acrobatics, dance and visuals that takes the audience on an immersive journey through the music and spirit of Michael Jackson.
Driven by Michael's powerful, multi-layered music – heard like never before in a riveting, state-of-the-art surround-sound environment – ONE takes the audience through a series of seamless visual and musical tableaux, at the heart of a world that is in turn majestic, playful, magical and heart-warming.
In Michael Jackson ONE, Michael's artistry and spirit are expressed 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.
ONE is a heartfelt tribute to the work, innovative spirit, and legacy of Michael Jackson – the King of Pop, the genius, the visionary, the One.
Michael Jackson believed that all people are unique and equal, regardless of race or culture. His message was one of unity, harmony and hope for a better world. At once evocative and enigmatic, the name Michael Jackson ONE also presents a paradox: Michael was a multifaceted artist who strove to fuse together various musical styles and art forms. It is a fitting title for a unifying journey into the world of the King of Pop, the genius, the visionary, the One.
Along with Jamie King—who started his career as a dancer on Michael's Dangerous World Tour and also directed the arena touring show Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour by Cirque du Soleil— Michael Jackson ONE will bring together the creative minds behind the Michael Jackson Estate, John Branca and John McClain, and the diverse talents of the following creators:
Guy Laliberte – Creative Guide
Jean-Francois Bouchard – Chief Creative Content Officer
Jamie King – Writer and Director
Welby Altidor – Director of Creation
Carla Kama – Associate Director
Kevin Antunes – Musical Director
Francois Seguin – Set and Props Designer
Zaldy Goco – Costume Designer
Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon – Creators for the scene Man in the Mirror
Travis Payne – Choreographer
Rich and Tone Talauega – Choreographers
Parris Goebel – Choreographer
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui – Choreographer
Ivan << Flipz >> Velez – Choreographer
Olivier Simola – Choreographer
Rob Bollinger – Acrobatic Performance Designer
Germain Guillemot – Acrobatic Performance Designer
Ben Potvin – Acrobatic Choreographer
Andrea Ziegler – Acrobatic Choreographer
Raymond St-Jean – Projections Designer
Jimmy Lakatos – Projections Designer
David Finn – Lighting Designer
Jonathan Deans – Sound Designer
Pierre Masse – Acrobatic Equipment and Rigging Designer
Nathalie Gagne – Makeup Designer
Brian Drader – Dramaturge
Manon Beaudoin – Characters' Guide
Henry Fong – Illustrator
Dago Gonzalez – Image Content Designer
CREATORS' BIOS AND SHOW IMAGES:
Creators' bios and show images are available in our press room:
- Starting July 1, performances are Saturday to Wednesday at 7:00pm and 10:00pm.
- Starting September 3, performances are Saturday to Wednesday at 7:00pm and 9:30pm.
- There are no performances on Thursdays and Fridays.
TO RESERVE TICKETS:
- Call 877.632.7400 or 800-745-3000
- Go to www.cirquedusoleil.com/mjone or www.mandalaybay.com
- Visit the Michael Jackson ONE box office, the Mandalay Bay Events Center box office, or any of the MGM Resorts International box offices.
- $69, $99, $130, $140, $155, plus LIMITED Golden Circle seating. Prices do not include tax or fees.
- Starting September 7, Saturday performance prices $69, $99, $130, $160, plus LIMITED Golden Circle seating. Prices do not include tax or fees.
- Tickets are available 120 days in advance of the performance date.
Cirque du Soleil
Michael Jackson ONE is Cirque du Soleil's 8th production in Las Vegas since Mystere in 1993. The company has brought wonder and delight to more than 100 million spectators in more than 300 cities on six continents. Cirque du Soleil has 5,000 employees, including more than 1,000 performing artists from close to 50 different countries.
For more information about Cirque du Soleil, visit www.cirquedusoleil.com.
To find out more about the ONE DROP Foundation, visit www.onedrop.org.
SOURCE Cirque du Soleil