'Michael Jackson ONE' is criminally smooth
It’s a special effects-filled rock concert. It’s an incredibly precise showcase of awe-inspiring dance performance and choreography. It’s a greatest-hits homage to one of the most iconic entertainers of all time. It’s also a unique perspective on some of the most beloved songs in the history of pop music.
Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson ONE at Mandalay Bay is an over-the-top spectacle in every aspect, and the King of Pop’s fans wouldn’t have it any other way. In fact, the artistic objective of the show is to get the audience closer to the music and to Jackson’s inimitable style than anyone has ever been before. That’s why choreographer and producer Jamie King, who toured with Jackson, had to be the one to launch the show.
“It’s all about keeping Michael’s spirit, intent, energy and spirit alive,” says artistic director David Gomez. “Jamie worked with Michael, danced right next to him, and he knows what he wanted and what he meant when he danced a certain way. That’s why we make sure everything is clean and precise—‘Keep it tight,’ as Jamie always says. That is the goal.”
Launched in the summer of 2013, ONE is fresh off its fourth anniversary and its annual celebration of Michael Jackson’s birthday in August, when the cast and crew came together to appreciate the music. It was meant to continue to inspire the artists who present the show on a regular basis, and it’s an effective strategy, as that inspiration gets passed along to the audience.
Jackson’s signature moves are easily identifiable throughout the fast-paced production, but this is no celebrity impersonation tribute show. From “Bad” and “Smooth Criminal” to “The Way You Make Me Feel,” each song comes to life onstage and all around you, and not only through the electrifying talent of the 61 dancers and acrobats performing in the show.
The one-of-a-kind theater sound environment—which includes speaker in the seats—projects Jackson’s vocals and recordings at the audience from different angles, creating a truly immersive environment. When zombie dancers take to the aisles during “Thriller,” you’ll feel like you’re part of the show.
Video projections on virtually every surface inside the theater help create the show’s vibrant atmosphere while helping move the story along, blending perfectly with the performance. From the quiet, shimmering solo dance performance to “Human Nature” and “Never Can Say Goodbye,” plus the genius lighting effects and choreography of “Billie Jean,” you’ll have a hard time choosing the most memorable moment.
Mandalay Bay, 7 & 9:30 p.m. Fri.-Tues., $69-$180 plus tax and fee. 877.632.7400