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    February 7, 2020

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    ONE brings together more than five dozen talented dancers, acrobats and aerialists who cartwheel across the stage, bounce off trampolines and twirl on trapezes in a spellbinding cavalcade illuminated with glittering Swarovski crystals, glowing LED lights and scintillating pyrotechnics. There’s even a rocket ship. But will there be moonwalking, you ask? Count on it.

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    Exclamation MJ ONE reduces the number of shows due to Coronavirus

    Coronavirus has affected everyone on the planet. While all Broadway shows in New York have been suspended until April 12, Las Vegas is also hit by the effect of the virus!

    Cirque du Soleil has reduced the number of shows on the strip. Fridays and Saturdays used to have 2 shows a night and have been reduced to only one a night. MJ ONE is part of the reduced schedule.

    with Flights from Europe banned by President Trump (except from the UK), the number of tourists and visitors will drop considerably in the next few days and while many countries have started to ban any gathering over 500 people, it seems just a question of time before all shows in Las Vegas to be cancelled. Many artists and residencies have already been postponed.

    MJVibe

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    MJ ONE Now temporarily suspended:

    What are the measures taken by Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group to respond to COVID-19 pandemic?

    Taking into consideration the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendation for social distancing as well as the escalation of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group announced the immediate temporary suspension of the following Cirque du Soleil shows in Las Vegas:

    “O” at Bellagio
    KÀ at MGM Grand
    The Beatles LOVE at The Mirage
    Mystère at Treasure Island
    Zumanity at New York-New York
    Michael Jackson ONE at Mandalay Bay

    From the very beginning of the outbreak of the new coronavirus, the Group took rigorous measures to protect its work teams and the public. Our priority has always been and remains the health and safety of our artists, our partners and various employees, but also of our public.

    We will continue to monitor and assess the situation to determine when shows will resume

    Will customers be reimbursed?

    Yes, all customers who purchased tickets for a cancelled Cirque du Soleil show will be contacted by their point of sale to facilitate reimbursement.
    Customers may cancel show bookings for a full refund, for any reason, through May 31, 2020 or 24 hours before the show begins,whichever is earlier.

    If you have any questions, please write to lasvegas.customerservice@cirquedusoleil.com
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    Quote Originally Posted by NatureCriminal7896 View Post
    (except from the UK)
    UK flights now blocked.

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    I hope they find a cure for this virus soon. it's sad to see people dying and catching it. not only that but we can't go anywhere they closing stuff down too. not only that but stores have to keep on restocking everything everyday because of this.

    this really goes to show you what kind of world we are living in. hoping for a cure very soon.



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    Coronavirus: Cirque du Soleil lays off 95 per cent of its staff

    The Cirque du Soleil is shuttering virtually all of its operations, effective immediately, and is leaving thousands of employees and performers with no source of income.

    Midday Thursday, Cirque CEO Daniel Lamarre announced to staff that the company is laying off 95 per cent of its employees. The Cirque will lay off 4,679 employees, keeping just 259 staffers to maintain basic operations and continue tour planning and ticket sales for shows scheduled for later this year and in 2021. The Cirque will prepare for rehiring if and when productions are allowed to return to the stage.

    On Wednesday, influential American bond credit rating company Moody’s downgraded its rating of Cirque du Soleil, saying the outlook is negative. The Moody’s downgrade report states that the show closures will leave the company “with limited prospects for a tenable capital structure thereafter. Weak liquidity, soft show demand and challenging economic conditions will further pressure Cirque du Soleil’s operating flexibility and capacity for growth … once shows resume.“

    In an interview Thursday afternoon, Lamarre said he had no other choice given that the company has had to cancel all 44 of its shows around the world due to fears related to the COVID-19 crisis.

    “It happened within a week. … We were shut down by cities and countries around the world,” Lamarre said. “As we speak today, there is no revenue coming in for the company and I don’t know when it will come back, which is why we’re doing what we are doing. We have laid off most of our employees and we will keep just a small fraction of employees to be able, whenever the situation is stabilized, to come back in a short period of time.”

    Of the 1,543 employees who work at the head office in Montreal, 1,373 have been laid off. On Monday, Lamarre announced 2,600 staffers and performers around the world were being sent home. Of the 259 employees still at work, 170 are at the head office in Montreal, with another 89 still employed around the world, including 39 in Las Vegas and Orlando.

    A technician on one of the Cirque’s major touring Big Top shows, who wished to remain anonymous, said Thursday that staffers are left with no money because the company expanded too quickly in recent years.

    “Any surplus we would have had has gone to expanding the company,” the technician said. “So now we’re in this precarious situation. So Cirque can’t come out and say, ‘Hey, we’ll give you $500 a week.’ They spent all that money acquiring properties, acquiring companies that may or may not be making Cirque any money. All of this comes from upper management, and I can tell you that every one of us who works for Cirque thought they were overexpanding and that they’d been diluting the brand. It’s just so oversaturated. Then something like this happens and none of us have any income.”

    Lamarre said all of the laid-off employees will receive a paycheque this week, and that’s it. But the Cirque will also continue to pay both the employees’ and the employer’s portion of the health insurance for the time being.

    Lamarre rejected the argument that the company was overextended, that it was already in precarious financial shape before the COVID-19 crisis and that the brand was diluted. The Cirque’s latest Las Vegas show, R.U.N., was its biggest flop ever on the Strip, forced to shutter even before the COVID-19 closures, and there were major creative concerns about the upcoming Montreal Big Top show Under the Same Sky.

    “We were in a growing mode, and under normal circumstances my view is that probably in six months to a year from now we would have been worth more than (what the Cirque was worth when Guy Laliberté sold the company for $1.5 billion in 2015),” Lamarre said. “We were optimizing our portfolio of shows. We had a huge axis of development. … Nobody could predict what is happening now.”

    Lamarre believes the Cirque will survive and is hoping the provincial and federal governments can help.

    “I certainly hope (that the Cirque survives),” he said. “We are in communication with the government. I have been talking a lot with (Quebec Economy Minister Pierre Fitzgibbon).

    “I’m working on two fronts. On one hand, I’m working with the government to make sure that I can have some support … and it’s coming from Investissement Québec. They’re the one that will help companies, so that’s one front. The other front is we have the Caisse de dépôt, which is a very important shareholder, and they’re also very supportive of how they can help us.”

    Fitzgibbon said Thursday that he believes things will turn around for the Cirque.

    “The Cirque made money before the crisis, and it will make money again once things restart,” he said. “Other countries have mentioned that they want to restart shows in July. We will help the Cirque du Soleil to make sure that liquidities post-layoffs are sufficient to survive this period.”

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    Cirque du Soleil, too, is putting tickets for its MGM Resorts shows back on sale May 11. That covers “O” at Bellagio, “Michael Jackson One” at Mandalay Bay, “Ka” at MGM Grand, “Love” at Mirage and “Zumanity” at New York-New York.

    The SPI Entertainment shows in play are Hans Klok, Thunder from Down Under and Australian Bee Gees at Excalibur. Shin Lim at Mirage will be taking ticket orders beginning May 14.

    But again, as a Cirque spokeswoman indicated Wednesday, the situation remains uncertain for all production shows.

    May 1 had been the original date for planned return for MGM Resorts productions. The time frame was moved back Tuesday after Gov. Steve Sisolak directed nonessential businesses to shut down for 30 days to help offset the coronavirus outbreak. At the moment, all ticketed shows and public performances in clubs, lounges and taverns in Las Vegas are dark.
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    Jackson estate gives to Broadway, Vegas needy amid outbreak
    By Associated Press - March 25th 2020,

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Michael Jackson estate is donating $300,000 to help entertainment industry workers on Broadway, the music business and in Las Vegas who have been hurt by the coronavirus pandemic.

    The estate announced Wednesday that it will give $100,000 apiece to Broadway Cares, the food bank Three Square in Nevada and MusiCares, because all three areas have been good to the estate and to Jackson.

    "This virus, this pandemic affects all of us obviously, so we wanted to start in our own communities," John Branca, the estate's co-executor, told The Associated Press. "This is personal for us."

    A Jackson-themed Broadway show, "MJ The Musical" is scheduled to start previews in July, though like the rest of Broadway it is currently on hold amid the coronavirus shutdown. No announcements have been made on postponing the show, and the estate and producers are taking a wait-and-see approach, Branca said.

    "Michael Jackson ONE," the long-running Jackson-based Cirque du Soleil show at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, where Jackson lived late in his life, is also on hold indefinitely.

    "Las Vegas has been very good to Michael," Branca said.

    The estate's donation there will provide 300,000 meals to the needy, and help to maintain the supplies of the food bank Three Square, the estate said.

    In New York, the estate says it is donating to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS´ COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund, and will give the rest to MusiCares, the charitable branch of the Recording Academy that helps those in the music industry who are economically struggling.

    The estate says the donations are inspired by the constant charitable work of Jackson himself.

    "Michael was extremely generous both of his time and his money in his life, and it's in his music too," Branca said. "We look to Michael for leadership and inspiration. We´re doing what Michael would have been doing."

    For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.

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    Cirque du Soleil in Talks With Pension Fund for Lifeline

    Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group is in talks with Caisse de Depot et Placement du Quebec for rescue funding after the company’s shows were halted by the coronavirus pandemic, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

    The Montreal-based company is discussing options including a capital injection or a loan under a relief fund that Caisse established to aid Quebec companies impacted by Covid-19, according to one of the people, who asked not to be identified because the talks are private.

    Caisse, Canada’s second-largest pension fund, is a minority shareholder in Cirque du Soleil. “We follow very closely the companies in which we are invested, and we have ongoing conversations with them,” a Caisse representative said in an email, declining to comment further.


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    I wonder if the MJ Estate is among the potential future investors...?

    Quebec government throws faltering Cirque du Soleil a US$200-million lifeline

    MONTREAL -- The Quebec government is coming to the rescue of Cirque du Soleil, pledging to loan up to US$200 million to support the live entertainment giant whose operations remain paralyzed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Economy Minister Pierre Fitzgibbon says the province will become a creditor of the company under an agreement in principle between Investissement Quebec and Cirque's three main shareholders -- Texas-based TPG Capital, Chinese firm Fosun and the Caisse de depot et placement.

    Fitzgibbon suggests that Quebec would also have the option of buying Cirque in the event that shareholders decide to sell their stakes.

    In exchange for financial support, the company's head office must remain in the province and its senior executives have to reside there.

    The minister's announcement followed one by Cirque founder Guy Laliberte Sunday, who said he wants to buy back the 36-year-old circus company that he sold for US$1.5-billion in 2015 after growing it from a troupe of stilt walkers and fire breathers into a global entertainment titan.

    The pandemic has forced Cirque -- which carries a debt estimated at more than US$900 million -- to cancel all 44 shows and lay off about 4,700 employees, the vast majority of its workforce.

    On Sunday night, Guy Laliberte, the founder and one-time owner of Cirque du Soleil, said he and a group of investors want to buy back into the circus company

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    Default MJ ONE to re-open in July

    Most of the Casinos in Las Vegas are re-opening today putting safety measures in place against COVID-19.

    While most of the casinos and hotels are re-opening, all shows are still currently closed but you can pre-book tickets shows for MJ One starting on July 2.

    It is not know yet what measures Cirque du Soleil will put in place but the date is set for now.

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    Cirque du Soleil files for creditor protection in Canada

    By Associated Press

    Published: 18:41 BST, 29 June 2020 | Updated: 19:11 BST, 29 June 2020

    MONTREAL (AP) - Cirque du Soleil filed for creditor protection in Canada on Monday while it develops a plan to restart its business amid the pandemic.

    The creator of many of the most popular shows in Las Vegas on Monday blamed the "immense disruption and forced show closures as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic."

    The Montreal-based circus arts show company temporarily suspended its productions around the world in March because of the new coronavirus outbreak.

    Cirque du Soleil also announced the termination of approximately 3,480 employees previously furloughed in March.

    In connection with the filing, Cirque du Soleil said it has entered into a purchase agreement with its existing shareholders TPG, Fosun and Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec as well as Investissement Quebec as a debt provider. Its said the sponsors´ bid includes an intent to rehire a substantial majority of the terminated employees, business conditions allowing, when its operations can resume.

    The company added that given that its resident shows in Las Vegas and Orlando are expected to resume before the rest of the other shows, the artists and show staff of the resident shows division are not affected.

    The Las Vegas shows that were cancelled included "O" at the Bellagio, "KA" at MGM Grand, "The Beatles LOVE" at the Mirage, "Mystere" at Treasure Island, "Zumanity" at New York-New York and "Michael Jackson ONE" at Mandalay Bay.

    Cirque du Soleil shows in Austin, Texas, Chicago, Houston, New Orleans, Salt Lake City, Montreal, Boston, Tel Aviv, Meloneras, Spain, Munich, Costa Mesa, California, Denver, and the Australian cities of Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth were also cancelled.

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    More info. here. The sale / purchase options don't seem to be the same as above. :

    Cirque du Soleil files for bankruptcy protection, terminates 3,500

    In a move that would have been unheard of even a year ago, Cirque du Soleil, the Las Vegas Strip’s preeminent production company for more than two decades, has filed for bankruptcy protection.

    The company, which has six productions on the Strip, announced Monday morning from its headquarters in Montreal it was seeking a debt restructuring protection under its home country’s Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA).

    As expected, the company said in its filing announcement the refinancing move was “in response to immense disruption and forced show closures as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

    Cirque du Soleil shut down all 44 of its shows in March, laying off 95 percent of its workforce, including more than 1,300 in Las Vegas. The company further announced that nearly 3,500 employees in its international workforce would be terminated, though none in its Las Vegas productions.

    The company had furloughed some 4,700 employees in March. The company states that the termination “allows employees to maximize and accelerate the financial compensation” the would receive through unemployment assistance programs.

    In its restructuring, Cirque has been buoyed by a $300 million infusion from its investors (including $200 million from its own government agency, Investissement Quebec) to continue operations while productions are sidelined.

    A total of $15 million is being applied to sidelined employees’ ongoing benefits coverage. Another $5 million is earmarked for payments to contractors, owed several millions since the company shut down in March.

    There has been no specified strategy from the company for when, how or even if all of its shows will reopen on the Strip.

    The filing also allows the company protection from creditors to reduce its debt load, reported to be at least $900 million. The move also sets a “stalking horse” purchase agreement with current investors, led by TPG Capital. From the announcement, “The purchase agreement sets the floor, or minimum acceptable bid, for an auction of the company under the court’s supervision pursuant to the SISP (Sale and Investor Solicitation Process), which is designed to achieve the highest value available or otherwise best offer for the company and its stakeholders.”

    That means Cirque is available at a reduced, undisclosed price for a half-dozen suitors, including a consortium led by company co-founder Guy Laliberte, and another from the Canadian communications conglomerate Quebecor. The other parties who have entered the bidding process have not been made public, and today all of the potential investors are under nondisclosure agreements.

    It will take months, probably into the fall, for the company’s ownership to be established. Cirque CEO Daniel Lamarre said in Monday morning’s announcement that the company had enjoyed 36 years of success until the pandemic took hold, and needed to act “decisively” to bolster its future. The purchase agreement is to set a template for Cirque to eventually return as a stronger company.

    “The robust commitment from the sponsors — which includes additional funds to support our impacted employees, contractors and critical partners, all of whom are important to Cirque’s return — reflects our mutual belief in the power and long-term potential of our brand,” he said. “I look forward to rebuilding our operations and coming together to once again create the magical spectacle that is Cirque du Soleil for our millions of fans worldwide.”

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    Cirque expects to emerge from the restructuring process as a leaner entity with about 1,000 employees initially. About 700 of them would be in Las Vegas, where the company earned about 40% of its $1 billion in revenue last year and where it hopes to open a show as early as November, Lamarre said. Touring shows could come back in 2021 if the virus situation allows for it, he said.

    ....The filing starts the clock on a bidding process for control of a restructured Cirque. Quebecor Inc. and Cirque founder Guy Laliberte have expressed interest in investing in the company. “We know there are probably five other parties that will be interested to make an offer,” Lamarre said. “The good news today is that we know that someone is committed to ensure the future of the company.
    And within 45 days, we’ll know if someone is willing to invest even more.”


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    Adding a bit more info from here:
    https://www.showbiz411.com/2020/07/0...lying-acrobats

    Cirque du Soleil Bankruptcy Also Involves the Beatles, Michael Jackson, Blue Man Group, and Quebec– Not Just Flying Acrobats

    ...Cirque du Soleil has at least $1 billion in debt, and that’s from long before the coronavirus. Bad management made them vulnerable to COVID-19, certainly. The ceasing of all live performances everywhere did them in.

    In February, perhaps sensing the end was near, Laliberte sold his 10-percent minority interest to the Canadian investment company Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ). They are now left holding the bag with TPG, the San Francisco-based investment firm that bought 60-percent stake in 2015. The ownership group also includes China’s Fosun Capital Group, headquartered in Shanghai. Laliberte earned a possible $1.5 billion in the TPG deal, and is said to be worth $2 billion.

    But Cirque du Soleil is left high and dry. And so are the “Love” and “One” shows. They have no performances set until August 1st, when their reservations start working again for ticket sales.

    ...A Jackson insider told me: “Right now they can’t reopen the shows because of the virus. Once they are able to reopen the shows they will. They’re waiting for input from bankruptcy counsel to make sure they will get paid when the show reopens. TPG — as private equity companies will do — hampered the company up by putting $1.2 billion of debt on the company and taking the money out.”.....
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    Default Re: Cirque du Soleil "Michael Jackson ONE" permanent Las Vegas show

    https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/las-v...el-jackson-one Apparently performances are resuming today in Vegas, can anyone clarify this?

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