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Cirque Phoenix Review
« on: January 01, 2012, 10:28:38 AM »
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The Immortal World Tour wows Phoenix audience
Shana Schwarz, Phoenix Pop Culture Examiner
December 31, 2011

It's been three years since Michael Jackson passed away, but the King of Pop lives on in a new Cirque Du Soleil show that opened in Phoenix last night for a two show engagement.  In a show that salutes Jackson's music from his early days with the Jackson 5, through his revolutionary pop career and highlighting his philanthropic message music, an insanely talented group of dancers, acrobats and musicians brought the music to life in an overwhelmingly entertaining stage show that left the audience breathless.  It's a show that fans of Michael Jackson can not miss, but also one that even non-fans would certainly enjoy.

Though most of the music is recognizable for anyone who is familiar with Jackson's career, several of the numbers featured some lesser known songs, most likely because they lend themselves to interesting visual interpretations.  At points, there is almost too much happening on stage, leaving the crowd wondering where they should be looking, but luckily, there is no wrong place to look.  If purchasing tickets for tonight's show in Phoenix, or for another show along the tour route, look to get seats in the mid-theater range or above, as seats on the floor may make it difficult to take everything in (not to mention potential whip lash concerns).

Highlights include an awe-inspiring aerial acrobatic number on straps for the love song "I Just Can't Stop Loving You," a mesmerizing re-enactment of one of Jackson's most famous moves during "Smooth Criminal," and a frequently featured one-legged dancer who performs with and without the aid of crutches.  The energy during the show was palpable and reception overwhelmingly positive, as fans leaving the show could be heard raving and reminiscing about their favorite parts on the way out of the show.  The show is loud and bright, using pyrotechnics and strobe lighting at some points for emphasis, and is not suitable for small children.  Tickets are still available for tonight's show (8:00 PM at US Airways Center) on Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com), and the tour continues for several months for anyone looking to travel.

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Re: Cirque Phoenix Review
« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2012, 10:37:30 AM »
http://www.examiner.com/business-insight-in-phoenix/michael-jackson-s-appeal-seems-to-be-immortal-phoenix-review

Michael Jackson's appeal seems to be immortal in Phoenix
Denise Meridith, Phoenix Business Insight Examiner
December 31, 2011


Michael Jackson will probably, ultimately, be the highest-grossing celebrity of all time.  Forbes listed the $170 million earned by his estate as first on the list of top-earning, deceased celebrities in 2011.  His influence definitely helped inspire Arizonans on December 30.  Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour resuscitated what would have been a dead night in downtown Phoenix (the main draw in town was the Insight Bowl going on at the same time in Tempe).

Phoenix was lucky to be near the start of a tour that will visit about 50 major cities by August—a feat, which would have not been possible by a live, aging superstar.

The show was, yet another Cirque du Soleil creation.  Though some people were disappointed there was not more of the usual jugglers and plate twirlers, most were pleasantly surprised to see the emphasis placed on what Jackson did best—dance.  Everyone’s favorite Jackson dance tunes (from Dancing Machine to Thriller to his latest They Don’t Really Care About Us) were presented as energetic ensemble numbers, punctuated by spectacular, pyrotechnics.  Audience favorites included a break-dancer with one leg and psychedelic crutches, others in America’s-Got-Talent-inspired LED-lighted costumes, and a sparkled-encrusted emcee, seemingly without bones in his body.

n addition to the hip-hop dancers, which solicited screams from teen fans, there were enough other styles to provide something for everyone.  There were clown-like Jackson 5 imitators for kids, which were not even a glint in their parents’ eyes when Jackson was at his height.  There were aerial ballets to ballads (Just Can’t Stop Loving You), for Moms and, the best pole dance (Dangerous) anyone had ever seen, for Dads.

The most poignant moments were the video clips of the real Michael Jackson, especially as a beautiful, young child, singing songs like ABC.  It was sad to think about the loss of innocence, and, eventually, of life for a uniquely talented individual.

The show attracted the most diverse audience—all ages, races, nationalities, and gender identities—imaginable for Phoenix.  In a state still racked by racial consternation and controversy over illegal immigration, it was refreshing to see such harmony.  In 2012, it would be great if the nostalgia, fun and happiness inspired by one of history’s greatest entertainers and experienced by the sold-out crowd flowing out of US Airways Center after the wonderful two-hour show, could be recreated all night every night in Phoenix.