Cirque du Thriller! The music of the late King of Pop Michael Jackson is being developed into a Cirque du Soleil show that will premiere in Las Vegas late next year, Reuters said Tuesday.
According to Daniel Lamarre, President and CEO of Cirque du Soleil, Jackson — who passed away last June– began talks back in about the possibility of incorporating some of his legendary tunes into the popular arena show back in 2004.
The world-renowned acrobatic troupe is elated to have his dream finally come to fruitation.
“We are honored and thrilled to be in partnership with the ultimate and most important record selling artist of all time. This association between two international entertainment brands promises to deliver to fans of both Michael and Cirque du Soleil unique artistic experiences.”
The touring show will have an extended run in Las Vegas at the MGM Mirage, with a permanent Vegas show expected in 2012. There’s even a Jackson-themed Sin City nightclub in the works.
The estate will also receive royalties from the use of Jackson’s music and other assets.
“Having attended Cirque du Soleil performances with Michael, I know he was a huge fan,” John Branca, the co-executor of the estate, said in a statement. “We are excited to be partners with Cirque du Soleil to give Michael’s fans a truly unique way to hear, see and feel Michael’s music.”
The singer’s mother, Katherine Jackson, said the entire Jackson clan is looking forward to the lively stage production.
The Montreal-based Cirque du Soleil currently has a Vegas show based on the music of singer Elvis Presley, called “Viva Elvis.”