'Michael Jackson ONE' keeps thrilling Las Vegas crowds
During his life, Michael Jackson always worked to create a sense of wonder in his music and other artistic projects, and the Cirque du Soleil show Michael Jackson ONE is a perfect realization of those ambitions, even though Jackson is no longer around to see it. Created around a fantastical story of four young people who collect magical artifacts associated with Jackson (his sequined glove, his fedora, his dance shoes, his sunglasses) and eventually meet up with him in a version of his home at Neverland, the show brings Jackson's music to life for new audiences while taking care to honor his memory.
It also features all of the astounding talents that Cirque is known for, including amazing dancers (performing iconic Jackson moves like the moonwalk and the "Smooth Criminal" anti-gravity lean) and limber acrobats (zombies on trampolines during "Thriller"), plus live musicians augmenting Jackson's recorded vocals or shredding on intricate guitar solos. The show is packed with Jackson hits (including "Bad," "Beat It," "Human Nature," "Black or White"), from his youth in the Jackson 5 through the end of his career.
Mandalay Bay, 7 & 9:30 p.m. Sun.-Mon. & Thurs.-Sat. (dark through Jan. 20); 7 p.m. show only Jan. 23, starting at $69 plus tax and fee. 702.632.7580