Cirque du Soleil 'Michael Jackson ONE' permanent Las Vegas show

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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

https://montreal.ctvnews.ca/quebec-...955425#_gus&_gucid=&_gup=twitter&_gsc=A8iVN4F
 

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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.

https://mandalaybay.mgmresorts.com/...4&showId=a6208ba6-553c-4ca2-b571-350c7ec70c10

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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&#8217;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&#8217;s Companies&#8217; Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA).

As expected, the company said in its filing announcement the refinancing move was &#8220;in response to immense disruption and forced show closures as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.&#8221;

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 &#8220;allows employees to maximize and accelerate the financial compensation&#8221; 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&#8217; 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 &#8220;stalking horse&#8221; purchase agreement with current investors, led by TPG Capital. From the announcement, &#8220;The purchase agreement sets the floor, or minimum acceptable bid, for an auction of the company under the court&#8217;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.&#8221;

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&#8217;s ownership to be established. Cirque CEO Daniel Lamarre said in Monday morning&#8217;s announcement that the company had enjoyed 36 years of success until the pandemic took hold, and needed to act &#8220;decisively&#8221; to bolster its future. The purchase agreement is to set a template for Cirque to eventually return as a stronger company.

&#8220;The robust commitment from the sponsors &#8212; which includes additional funds to support our impacted employees, contractors and critical partners, all of whom are important to Cirque&#8217;s return &#8212; reflects our mutual belief in the power and long-term potential of our brand,&#8221; he said. &#8220;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.&#8221;

https://www.reviewjournal.com/enter...ankruptcy-protection-terminates-3500-2064149/

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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. &#8220;We know there are probably five other parties that will be interested to make an offer,&#8221; Lamarre said. &#8220;The good news today is that we know that someone is committed to ensure the future of the company.
And within 45 days, we&#8217;ll know if someone is willing to invest even more.&#8221;


https://www.bloombergquint.com/markets/cirque-du-soleil-files-for-bankruptcy-following-shutdowns
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Adding a bit more info from here:
https://www.showbiz411.com/2020/07/...man-group-and-quebec-not-just-flying-acrobats

Cirque du Soleil Bankruptcy Also Involves the Beatles, Michael Jackson, Blue Man Group, and Quebec&#8211; Not Just Flying Acrobats

...Cirque du Soleil has at least $1 billion in debt, and that&#8217;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&#8217;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 &#8220;Love&#8221; and &#8220;One&#8221; shows. They have no performances set until August 1st, when their reservations start working again for ticket sales.

...A Jackson insider told me: &#8220;Right now they can&#8217;t reopen the shows because of the virus. Once they are able to reopen the shows they will. They&#8217;re waiting for input from bankruptcy counsel to make sure they will get paid when the show reopens. TPG &#8212; as private equity companies will do &#8212; hampered the company up by putting $1.2 billion of debt on the company and taking the money out.&#8221;.....
 
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https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/las-vegas/michael-jackson-one Apparently performances are resuming today in Vegas, can anyone clarify this?

Booking from 1st August apparently - subject to COVID in Vegas and the company still being solvent...(and having performers).

https://www.vegas.com/shows/cirque-du-soleil/michael-jackson-las-vegas/

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An alternative bid for the company seems to be imminent:

Cirque du Soleil and secured creditors near rival bid for troupe

MONTREAL (Reuters) - Cirque du Soleil and its secured creditors are close to reaching a agreement on a second stalking horse bid for the financially strapped entertainment group, after lenders opposed a deal with shareholders including TPG Capital and Fosun International, a Canadian court heard on Friday.

Canada&#8217;s once high-flying Cirque has received protection from creditors as it restructures after the COVID-19 pandemic forced it to cancel shows and lay off artists. The Montreal-based entertainment company filed for bankruptcy in late June.

Details about the rival bid by secured creditors, which sets the low-end bar for buying the company&#8217;s remaining assets, were not disclosed by the parties involved in the dial-in hearing on Friday.

Details are expected to be presented in court next week pending approval from the Cirque board.

Lenders had previously dismissed a stalking horse bid from a group of investors, including private equity firm TPG [TPG.UL], and Fosun, a Canadian pension fund and a Quebec government body as inadequate.

The lenders would end up getting a 40% stake in the restructured Cirque, under the TPG consortium&#8217;s proposal.

Any stalking horse bid would require court approval.

Cirque had almost $1.5 billion in liabilities as of December 2019.

https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-h...itors-near-rival-bid-for-troupe-idUKKBN24B2J4
 

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Cirque du Soleil reaches purchase deal with secured lenders

Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group said on Thursday it reached a new purchase agreement with its secured lenders, in a move that would help kick-start the bidding process for the financially strapped circus troupe.

The Cirque said in a statement that it entered into a new &#8220;stalking horse&#8221; purchase agreement with its first-lien and second-lien secured lenders, confirming earlier reports.

The Montreal-based Cirque, which grew from a troupe of street-performers in the 1980s to a company with global reach, has slashed about 95% of its workforce and suspended shows due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The creditors&#8217; agreement replaces an earlier deal with Cirque shareholders including TPG Capital and Fosun International Ltd (0656.HK) which included debt financing from a Quebec government body..

A court in the Canadian province of Quebec will be asked on Friday to approve the stalking-horse agreement, which is an opening offer that other interested bidders must surpass if they want to buy the company.

The deal allows the creditors to acquire the Cirque&#8217;s assets while largely cutting down the company debt, the statement said. Cirque has $1.1 billion (876.5 million pounds) in debt across first-lien and second-lien creditors.

The agreement sets aside $20 million for affected employees and keeps the company&#8217;s head office in Quebec, the statement said. Quebec Economy Minister Pierre Fitzgibbon said the new agreement does not include financial support from his government.

&#8220;Obviously if someone is going to be the ultimate owner of the Cirque and wants to maintain the head office in Quebec and deleverage, it&#8217;s music to my ears,&#8221; he told Reuters in an interview.

Earlier in the day, Catalyst Capital Group, which led the secured lenders, said the entertainment company had accepted its &#8220;stalking horse bid&#8221; for the assets.

The deal will inject up to $375 million into Cirque, a source familiar with the matter said.

https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-h...chase-deal-with-secured-lenders-idUKKCN24H2ZM

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Floored by COVID-19, Cirque du Soleil eyes return to the high-wire

..............The coronavirus pandemic is the biggest threat to face Cirque du Soleil, which was created in the early 1980s as &#8220;The Stiltwalkers of Baie-Saint-Paul&#8221; in Quebec, before becoming a global entertainment company thanks to sold out Las Vegas shows, touring productions and acquisitions.

The shows, which have no animals or star performers, helped some key troupe members become wealthy. Guy Laliberté, a performer and co-founder of the company, is on Forbes list of Canadian billionaires.

While Cirque sees a potential reopening in the fall for its resident productions in Las Vegas and Orlando, Lamarre only expects the company to get back to where it was in terms of the number of shows, revenues and profits in 2023.

&#8220;We think that it will take a year to 18 months before we&#8217;re back to normality which means having a vaccine or a cure that makes people feel safe in a theater. And then from there we think that within a couple of years we&#8217;ll be able to bring back the company where it was.&#8221;

The Cirque is seeing some green shoots of recovery with the reopening of the Chinese production last month, and another show opening in early July in Mexico.

https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-h...il-eyes-return-to-the-high-wire-idUKKCN24H03H
 

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Note: New shows called 'One'- not to be confused with 'MJ ONE'.

Proximity & Montraa, Led by Former Senior Director of Cirque du Soleil, Announce New Series of Global Dance Shows

The world of dance music has always erred toward the fantastical, and now, a new online show series is turning up the dials on whimsy and innovation even higher.

On Wednesday (July 29), online dance music platform Proximity is announcing a partnership with Montraa, the new company from Omar Zabian, the former Cirque du Soleil Director of Global Events and Sr. Director Strategic Development and Partnership.

Together, the companies will produce and stream shows from a variety of A-list dance artists performing at various wonders of the world. Called One, these shows will focus on storytelling, music, dance and exotic locations. Viewers can expect the big sounds and big production inspired by the global phenomenon that is Cirque du Soleil.

"[The events] will showcase diversity, culture, and unity across the unique international sites that we film at," Proximity Founder Blake Coppelson tells Billboard.

Artists and sites will be announced in the coming months, with the events to stream on Proximity in Q4 of 2020 and Q1 of 2021.....Shows will be performed in conjunction with new album releases from each producer.

https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/dance/9426472/one-new-global-dance-shows-exclusive
 

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ZUMANITY™ BY CIRQUE DU SOLEIL® HAS TAKEN ITS FINAL BOW AT NEW YORK-NEW YORK HOTEL & CASINO

LAS VEGAS, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2020

Future of Remaining Cirque Shows in Las Vegas Confirmed with Contract Extensions

Las Vegas (Nov. 16, 2020) – Cirque du Soleil informed the cast and crew of Zumanity about its permanent closure today.

“Zumanity was a groundbreaking departure for Cirque du Soleil when it opened in September of 2003,” said Daniel Lamarre, President and CEO of Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group. “We are forever grateful to the extraordinarily talented cast, crew and staff who helped make Zumanity an unforgettable experience for more than 7.25 million guests.”

After wowing audiences with more than 7,700 shows, the last performance of Zumanity took place on March 14, 2020 before it was shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Guests holding tickets for any future performances will be refunded at the original point of purchase. For more information, guests may contact lasvegas.customerservice@cirquedusoleil.com.

George Kliavkoff, President of Entertainment & Sports for MGM Resorts International, said, “Zumanity at New York-New York had a terrific run over the last 17 years and our partnership with Cirque du Soleil remains strong moving forward. We’re grateful to the cast, crew and team at Cirque for having created something very special. We look forward to sharing plans for new entertainment programming at the New York-New York Theater in the months ahead.”

Cirque du Soleil and MGM Resorts International have solidified their commitment to the partnership and the four shows remaining in the Cirque du Soleil portfolio. Contract extensions for “O” at Bellagio, The Beatles LOVE at The Mirage, KÀ at MGM Grand and Michael Jackson ONE at Mandalay Bay have been signed. Additionally, Treasure Island and Cirque du Soleil have recommitted to Mystère with a contract extension. With these extensions, Cirque du Soleil shows are guaranteed to entertain audiences well into the future.

The timing of the shows’ reopening will be dictated first by the safety of guests and employees in compliance with the guidelines set forth by the Governor and other government agencies; and second, by the ability to operate the shows profitably.

More than 70 million visitors have experienced Cirque du Soleil shows in Las Vegas since Mystère opened in 1993 and Cirque du Soleil looks forward to continuing that legacy when the shows return safely to their theaters.

https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/pres...nal-bow-at-new-york-new-york-hotel-and-casino
 

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Yesterday, Cirque du Soleil has announced in a statement that &#8220;Zumanity&#8221; will be definitely closed after 17 years running at New-York New-York hotel and resorts in Las Vegas.

But in the statement, Cirque also confirmed that few shows have been now extended and that includes Michael Jackson ONE at the Mandalay Bay Resort.

&#8220;Cirque du Soleil and MGM Resorts International have solidified their commitment to the partnership and the four shows remaining in the Cirque du Soleil portfolio. Contract extensions for &#8220;O&#8221; at Bellagio, The Beatles LOVE at The Mirage, KÀ at MGM Grand and Michael Jackson ONE at Mandalay Bay have been signed. Additionally, Treasure Island and Cirque du Soleil have recommitted to Mystère with a contract extension. With these extensions, Cirque du Soleil shows are guaranteed to entertain audiences well into the future.&#8221;

This means that MJ ONE will stay longer at Mandalay Bay. However the re-opening is still unsure due to COVID-19.

&#8220;The timing of the shows&#8217; reopening will be dictated first by the safety of guests and employees in compliance with the guidelines set forth by the Governor and other government agencies; and second, by the ability to operate the shows profitably.&#8221;

We will keep you updated on MJ ONE reopening as soon as possible

SOURCE: Cirque du Soleil
 

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Almost seven years ago, I had traveled to Las Vegas. A few days before the release of Xscape,I had taken the opportunity to attend the oneshow, directed by Cirque du Soleil.

This was the opportunity to write a magazine for issue 2.8 of MJBackstagemagazine. I finally decided to add it to the site, so that these lines are immortalized in my digital fiefdom.

It is strange to reread after so many years but that is how I lived the experience.

Good reading to all.

Everyone knows the famous saying that travel is a form of youth. Until now I had not really been able to verify it since I had never left Europe. Things have changed a bit in recent weeks with a Flight from Paris to Las Vegas that completely changed my scene. Not that I wanted to set my sights on casinos and their slot machines. There was no need to get to this point because Cirque du Soleil's ONE experience in the game city is enough to transport you into a whirlwind of emotions and thrills. You may go to an artificial paradise where money is king, but you will paradoxically find yourself in a place of recollection where the soul and the universe of Michael Jackson take you away from all those material and superficial objects specific to this world of the game. This may seem abstract to you, but I will try to clarify it for you.

At the time of landing, after about ten hours of flight, one could legitimately think first of his hotel to put his luggage. Know that this is not the case because, from my window, I already have a stunning view of the Mandalay Bay Hotel, with great pomp, the poster and the name of the illustrious guest to whom we pay tribute here every night since May 2013. One way to remind me that this first stay on American soil is (and will remain) sentimentally related to him. This time, I'm the one who's taking a step towards Michael when, for more than 25 years, it's always been in the opposite direction. A disturbing, bewitching and hard-to-explain feeling to a non-fan. But here I feel in good territory to share this adventure and these emotions new to me.

Thus, at this very moment, I may have a reproduction of the Statue of Liberty and the Eiffel Tower, like a kind of "Black Or White" decoration on a human scale, since my plane, it is to the Mandalay Bay that all my attention is focused, as if my trip was in fact a pilgrimage. I have to assume it, I no longer hold up and the day after my arrival, I take my ticket to ONE.

Upon entering the glitzy Mandalay Bay hotel-casino, I have the reflex to immediately look for the way to the Cirque du Soleil showroom. All the rhinestones and glitter of the place have no effect on me. I just take a brief look at the slot machines that only confirm this feeling: the main thing is not there because it is Michael's timeless music that materializes in my unconscious like never before. I finally arrive at my destination and discover the ONE shop, after observing all the objects that decorate the corridor. In a shop window, I discover his loafers and sequined socks, as well as the jacket he wore at the American Music Awards in 1984. Several shots (from the 1995 MTV Music Video Awards) that are approaching three meters high, are displayed just in front of the store entrance.

Numerous documents, including MJ's notes to organize his 30-year career at Madison Square Garden in 2001, confirm my impressions: everything here fully pays tribute to my idol. The desire for a museum dedicated to the King of Pop has often been mentioned, and I am not far from thinking that I am there at that moment. Before the show starts, I still have a little tour to do at the shop. Despite the many temptations, I finally don't buy anything. It is true that the essential is not there since it is my spirit that I feed deeply in this pilgrimage that I did not suspect at the time of packing.

What about the show? Judicious question, because all my impressions must be confirmed by a show equal to the genius of Michael Jackson. The doors open and I'm finally ready to enter the enclosure, at last almost... I discover the entrance hall and examine a tapestry covered with the many titles of his discography, as if to better immerse myself in his universe. There are also some silhouettes from various eras, well known to fans, on a red background. The décor is truly sumptuous, like a worthy aperitif of the biggest events. I feel privileged to be there, as if crossing the Atlantic now makes sense. Time stops... But I have to pull myself together because I have to win my seat. The room is not so big and therefore offers this intimate side so rarely present in the musical universe of MJ. The giant central screen reveals images of a hat, a glove, moccasins, a pair of Ray-bans and a stool. These objects "fly" as if to better show all the magic they represent. Michael paid tribute to the world of "Billie Jean" during the HIStory Tour and the result is this timeless and eternal atmosphere developed by ONE. It seems that Cirque du Soleil has really understood all the artistic subtlety of Michael Jackson...

The giant side screens are lighter in tone, as if to better measure the ingredients of this complex recipe. The front-rowers gather as soon as they enter the front page of the tabloids, recalling the music video for "Leave Me Alone". They are machine-gunned by paparazzi with the look of private detectives, while in the background we hear the song "Privacy". The latter is far from my favorite, but I still start to kick, captivated by the sound quality. This is one of the positives of this show and it is felt before it really starts.

I admit I was wondering if I would enjoy ONE. I loved Immortal because I had been able to see and hear live a group of virtuosos including Greg Phillinganes and Jonathan Moffett. This time it is a show essentially in play-back and this detail could have played against him. However, from the first notes, I understood that One had its own identity, with different mixes from the playlist ofImmortal. Apart from a few brief identical passages. Cirque du Soleil has managed to reshape the ensemble, drawing inspiration from the best of Immortal to perfect it and offer this new show. The sound quality of the room exceeds anything I had heard before in my life, to the point of rediscovering "Speechless", whose mix on Invincible can not bear the comparison. It is also impossible not to appreciate the choreography and acrobatics that are moving at such a crazy speed that you don't see all the subtleties. One's strength is to satisfy our ears, eyes, feet and heart. On this subject, special mention to this version of "Stranger In Moscow": I did not think I would be so moved without the presence of Michael Jackson. The troupe really feels the soul of the King's songs and offers us all the flavor of his universe. I don't want to reveal the content of the show, but I can't keep this performance quiet. The set-list is quite complete, knowing how to please the general public with the classics and fans with other less popular titles.

The presence of the hologram at the end of the show was not for me the highlight of the evening. I had felt Michael Jackson's soul throughout the show and his music was much more powerful than that technical effect. It is true that I heard his voice echoing in the loudspeaker of my seat, at the level of my ears, as if he were singing for me, as if we were bathing in a moment that belonged only to us. A voice, his own, inimitable... So pure and so far from all the artifices, forever... As ONE ends and I leave the room, my mind stays in the stars... I have this wish that this moment will never end.

https://bricenajar.com/michael-jackson-one-by-cirque-du-soleil/

https://bricenajar.com/2021/01/18/michael-jackson-one-la-revue/
 

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Return of the show based on the career of the king of pop music is scheduled for the 3rd quarter of 2021

After more than a year of hiatus, Cirque du Soleil is ready to restart the machine. The company announced Wednesday (21) that it will return to Las Vegas at the end of June to present two shows at full capacity.

After months of uncertainty, postponements and layoffs, Cirque announced in which it will reopen Mystère on June 28 and O, July 1. These will be the company's first productions to resume operations in Las Vegas since the company "temporarily" suspended its resident shows on March 15, 2020.

"It's two iconic shows,"said Daniel Lamarre. ''For us, it's symbolic that our first two original shows [in Las Vegas] are the first to reopen. By the end of June, nearly 80% of The Las Vegas population will have been vaccinated, including all MGM employees and all circus employees,"he explained.

If all goes well with these two productions, Cirque plans to reopen its other shows in Vegas in sequence: The Beatles Love (August), Michael Jackson One (September) and Kà (October). The dates have not yet been confirmed, however.

Raphael Gendron Martin

https://www.journaldemontreal.com/2021/04/21/le-cirque-du-soleil-annonce-son-retour
 

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Looks like MJ ONE will be open by Michael's birthday! <a href="https://t.co/KqHUKfYJDz">pic.twitter.com/KqHUKfYJDz</a></p>&mdash; andjustice4some (@andjustice4some) <a href="https://twitter.com/andjustice4some/status/1391614079546978305?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 10, 2021</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Buzz from the halls of <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MandalayBay?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MandalayBay</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CirqueDuSoleil?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#CirqueDuSoleil</a>'s <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MichaelJackson?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MichaelJackson</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ONE?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ONE</a> is re-opening on Michael Jackson's birthday weekend. <a href="https://t.co/uRj58i8ukq">pic.twitter.com/uRj58i8ukq</a></p>&mdash; JOE (@Joseph7Mora8) <a href="https://twitter.com/Joseph7Mora8/status/1391236227790036992?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 9, 2021</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
 

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Michael Jackson ONE By Cirque du Soleil Returns To Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Aug. 19, 2021
Thu, June 17, 2021, 7:05 PM·3 min read

Intermission is Over, Tickets on Sale Now: cirquedusoleil.com/mjone

LAS VEGAS, June 17, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil, in collaboration with the Estate of Michael Jackson, will reopen its exclusive residency at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on Aug. 19, 2021. The internationally acclaimed production, called "strikingly beautiful and emotional" by the Los Angeles Times and a "virtual parade of 'wow' moments" by Rolling Stone, will perform five nights a week at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at cirquedusoleil.com/mjone.
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Inspired by the King of Pop and featuring his acclaimed music, the show returns to the Michael Jackson ONE Theater in time to celebrate Michael's August 29 birthday. Special events in the theater that weekend will commemorate both the birthday of the greatest entertainer of all time and the show reopening. In honor of the occasion, a special room rate for fans is available at Mandalay Bay and Delano. For details on the birthday weekend celebration, visit: www.facebook.com/event.

Michael Jackson ONE is an electrifying fusion of acrobatics, dance and visuals immersing the audience into the world of Michael's music. Driven by his biggest hits heard like never before in a riveting, state-of-the-art surround-sound environment – ONE takes the audience through a seamless visual and musical montage, at the heart of a world that is in turn majestic, playful, magical and heart-warming.
 

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Prince plans to attend the "One"-Reopening in Vegas around Michael's birthday


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Fully masked ‘Michael Jackson One’ soars in Strip relaunch

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By John Katsilometes Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 19, 2021 - 5:08 pm

Cirque’s ‘Michael Jackson One’ masks up in return to Mandalay Bay | Las Vegas Review-Journal (reviewjournal.com)


What does a Cirque du Soleil trampoline artist sidelined for 17 months do when called back to work?
He jumps right in.

“Training, obviously, has been my main goal,” Cirque “Michael Jackson One” artist Greg Pennes says through a black face cover during a break in rehearsals. “It’s definitely new for us, dealing with health and safety issues, but once you jump in …”
And you see the smile, even behind the black.
“MJ One,” off for 17 months, is back Thursday at Mandalay Bay. Pennes, born in Paris and an Olympic trampoline qualifier in the 2008 and 2012 games, has been with the show for about six years.

“It’s been amazingly great,” Pennes says of bouncing back to action. “The body remembers. It’s pretty incredible.”
The show that premiered later was a dance through JacksonÂ’s classics dating to his days with the Jackson 5, with one clear exception. The entire cast wore black medical masks throughout the show. Only vocalists performed without the covers.

Cirque adjusted its in-house policy for performers when the state called for masks to be required for everyone indoors, regardless of vaccination status. Cirque had previously allowed artists to perform without masks if they had been vaccinated.
The masking of every acrobat and dancer in the troupe made Thursday’s relaunch even more impressive. The cast raced through such Jackson hits as “Beat It,” “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’,” “Billie Jean” and “Thriller” — with zombie characters hanging above the crowd in aerial harnesses. The famous lean in ‘Smooth Criminal” was also flawless. The performers never showed ill effects from wearing covers over their faces.

During the run-up to the show, in early friends-and-family rehearsals, ushers have actually offered earplugs to those entering the performance. Thus, “MJ One” is the rare (and to our knowledge, only) Strip production to have audience members’ faces and ears covered.
The show is the third Cirque show to return to the Strip, following “Mystere” at Treasure Island and “O” at Bellagio. The Beatles’ “Love” at the Mirage opens Aug. 26. “Ka” is still unannounced, though the company reps have indicated it will not open before November.

“We are operating in an environment that was created when we were down,” Cirque Senior Artistic Director Kati Renaud says. “You approach this creatively, and asking, ‘How different can we do this?’”

Makeup application for masked performers has been adjusted, of course. That process takes about an hour per performer, with the artists moving in and out of the space in shifts to maintain distance.
But the show has, by early accounts, enlivened its audiences. Yes, they are already Cirque-anointed, but the performers can feel real passion from the stage.

“The first time back, I got goosebumps,” Pennes says. “It was so much different than performing for empty seats. It was emotional, it was magical.”

Afterward, Cirque CEO Daniel Lamarre met the cast and congratulated the company on returning to form. He wore the cover of course, but there was no masking his happiness.

 
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