So this is not the typical post for my blog, but considering that it is still about music, I think it fits.
I commonly get asked by customers who are coming to town about various shows that are in Vegas. They figure that since I am in the industry in Vegas, that I should be a good source as I have probably seen them all. In reality, I have not seen them all but I have seen quite a few. There are a wide array of styles of show in Las Vegas covering every possible style and content out there.
Recently, I had the chance to take my wife to the Michael Jackson show put on by Cirque du Soleil, the Immortal World Tour. The show is currently a touring show but will be setting up shop at the Mandalay Bay next year, replacing the Lion King.
I personally am by no means a Micheal Jackson fan. I can absolutely appreciate the talent that he offered both in signing and performing. My wife is who really wanted to see the show so since the opportunity presented itself to see the show and make my wife happy, I decided “why not?”.
I am an overall fan of Cirque du Soleil. I find their shows to be breathtaking and absolutely amazing in the performance, athleticism and artistic prowess. Some of their shows I don’t love, but overall, they offer the most amazing group of shows in Vegas. The one that I was least impressed with was the Love show which is a tribute to the Beatles. I found the Love show to be a great homage to the Beatles but since I am not a fan of John Lennon’s voice (love the music when performed by other artists, just not his voice), that was a big detractor to me when seeing the Love show.
I also felt that the Love show was more about the interpretive dance and presentation of the Beatles’ story being presented and did not have as much of the amazing Cirque physical performance that I had become accustomed to. Walking in to MJ Immortal, I feared that I would be in for a similar take and effect of the Love show. I couldn’t have been more wrong.
The Michael Jackson Immortal show by Cirque du Soleil is the single most impressive show that Las Vegas has EVER seen!
Cirque does an amazing job of combining the recorded vocals of Michael Jackson with live music, artistic adaptation, amazing physical performance and sheer awesome performance. The show has a perfect blend of the physical talents of Cirque du Soleil and Musical Performance.
I was impressed at the amount of songs that were incorporated within the show. They did this by selectively clipping certain songs but did so in a way that did not make them feel rushed. For instance, the performance of “Smooth Criminal” was shortened but still properly presented. “Thriller” was also shortened but considering that the original video was so long, this again came across well.
My personal favorite performance of the night was the performance of “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You”. The entire performance featured 2 amazing Cirque performers doing what on Cirque can do… amazing physical performance. Not only did they highlight the physical impressiveness of the performers but the artistic adaptation of the song itself to the performance.
In the end, I walked away in awe and look forward to seeing the show again once it is in its new home at the Mandalay Bay.