Music, dance and acrobatics combine in celebration of Michael Jackson’s iconic life in the “Immortal” World Tour. From trapeze artists to acrobats and even a world-champion pole dancer, guests at the Cirque du Soleil show can expect a high-energy tribute to the legend.
The tour stopped for two nights in Newark, New Jersey, this past weekend (its 40th stop) and will open Tuesday night (April 3) at New York’s Madison Square Garden, till Thursday. From there, it will continue across North America through the summer before heading to Europe in the fall.
Having already produced the Beatles “Love” show in Las Vegas, Cirque is no stranger to musical tributes.
“Immortal” serves as a sensory explosion that starts on the subdued side and progresses in both spectacle and energy. More than 60 artists perform to 32 songs in a presentation that feels much like a concert with an ensemble of circus-inspired acts elegantly melding together. The stage is two levels with a long peninsula extending into the audience, where the majority of the acrobatics takes place. MJ’s famed choreographic style was present in nearly all the numbers, and the audacious task of the performers was well-received by the audience.
The progression of the musical numbers moved seamlessly. The energy kicked into high gear with Jackson-like characters performing “Fanatics Medley”
After an elaborate performance to “Black or White,” as the night seemed to be over and the audience slowly started spilling into the aisles, the lights illuminated one last time for an encore to “Man in the Mirror.”