Life has too many distractions.....most of them unnecessary and uninvited.
Our perceptions are altered and a majority of the time , it is not by invitation .
There has been so much written about Michael Jackson, most of what is written, has no connection to the truth. Most of it....ridiculous.
But there is truth to be found, all you have to do is listen with your heart.
It is within that spirit, I encourage you ...to experience ...Michael Jackson's ONE.
Leave your notions behind ...because they don't matter.
What matters is what happens on that stage.
It is there , you will witness the gift of what can not be denied.... and what Berry Gordy told the world - Michael Jackson was..... " The Greatest Entertainer that ever lived" .
If you have ever, had the privilege of attending a Michael Jackson concert, you would have experienced an artist, who through his music , was able to bring together people from all walks of life. It was through his gift of musical fellowship, that people , despite their differences, were able to come together to experience , his music and humanity.
It is through that celebration, we became ONE.
“We’re putting love back into the world to remind the world that love is important.
WE’RE ALL ONE."....Michael Jackson
In that one statement, it defines Michael’s heart. And that heart is the centerpiece of Cirque Du Soleil/Estate of Michael Jackson’s masterpiece – Michael Jackson's ONE. The show is inspired by Michael's belief "that all people are unique and equal. But most importantly – “We are all ONE”
It is that generosity of spirit, that defines the soul of Michael Jackson.
MJ ONE is a testament to his legacy , his creativity, his and ultimately a testament to the man.
One of the ads, for MJ One-- suggests that we will be treated to " a new immersive musical experience."
From the moment, you enter the Michael Jackson One Theatre it begins. You are immersed in the history, and the creative spirit that Michael shared with the world.
It is evident everywhere you look..... in the gift shop , even the colors that are chosen for the lobby ( red and black , were Michael's favorite colors), iconic images of Michael throughout, it is all front and center.
Cirque du Soleil is the perfect compliment for the artistry of Michael. Cirque is grand, unpredictable, exhilarating and has plenty of surprises for all your senses. Just like Michael....
This is a show for old and new fans.
For "veteran fans", it is all about "Remembering the Time", in every real sense....You will be taken back in time when you first heard these songs.
For me, I was happily transported back to my childhood, when my days were spent watching Jackson 5 cartoons, studying, like it was my Bible, Right On magazine, learning the latest dances on Soul Train and listening and swooning over my Jackson 5 records with my friends.
For new fans, you will experience the songs, that showcase Michael's artistry. The songs , that go beyond the iconic hits.
The world knows Billie Jean, Thriller and Beat it, but the joy of Michael Jackson's One ...you will also experience some of Michael's most poignant and touching songs like " Stranger in Moscow" and "Smile". As showcased in MJONE, these songs are haunting and poetic.
Jamie King....Jamie King....Jamie King.
After seeing the show, I truly believe NO ONE could have poured their heart and soul into the show, like Jamie did.
Jamie , as a dancer on Michael's Dangerous tour, learned directly from the King.
It is that exclusive pedigree , that is beautifully reflected on that stage, in every dance , in every song, in every set decoration.
It is reflected in the power and dedication of the amazing MJONE cast, who with each step .....clearly are determined to "do right" by Michael.
Jamie showed the world, Michael .....the man and the musical genius, but most importantly...his heart.
There are so many breathtaking moments in the show, one of my favorite's is Kevin Antunes, poetic mash-up of Never Can Say Goodbye & Human Nature is nothing short of a masterpiece... And it needs to be placed on ITUNES, immediately.
The highlight for me in MJ ONE, was an evolution .
But, I have to admit , that highlight, was one, I was against in the beginning.
The much written about hologram sequence.
I did not want a Michael Jackson hologram, my reasons were personal. I thought it would be too painful reminder for me, that I would never get to see Michael, perform again LIVE. It is a reality, that many in the Michael Jackson fan community, have had to come to grips with.
But that all changed, when I experienced the " Man in the Mirror" sequence.
It is simply the most life changing, breathtaking moment of the show.
What is achieved in that moment is perfection and absolutely necessary. It was not painful, as I feared, but it transformative.
It is a true spirit of Michael and the impact, he will always have on many of us.
And for that I am grateful.
That moment on the stage is glorious, spiritual and I never wanted it to end. Those images have stayed with me days later.
For those of us, who are still mourning, celebrating, enjoying and paying tribute to Michael Jackson...the show is a testament to man , whose legacy will be everlasting.
A legacy , that from time to time , may be tested...but will never be erased.
MJ One is Michael's heart and for that , I am grateful to witness it ...over and over.
• Call 877.632.7400 or 800-745-3000
• Go to www.cirquedusoleil.com/mjone or mandalaybay.com
• Visit the Mandalay Bay Events Center box office or any of the MGM Resorts International box offices.
• $69, $99, $130, $140, $150, plus LIMITED Gold Circle Seating. Prices do not include tax or fees.