Most of us know that Michael Jackson’s favorite number was the #7. But in the grand scheme of things, it is the number #1 that also helps to define him
MJ as THE legendary groundbreaker,..... with #1 songs, #1 concert tours, and charitable giving.
His achievement in reaching #1 status is one for the history books….and in many instances will never be broken.
He is the ONE and only King of Pop.
But what touches my heart, is his quote “We’re putting love back into the world to remind the world that love is important. WE’RE ALL ONE."
In that one statement, it defines Michael’s heart. And that heart was front in center in Cirque Du Soleil/Estate of Michael Jackson’s masterpiece – MJONE. Michael believed that all people are unique and equal. But most importantly – “We are all ONE”
As a representative of Michael Jackson Fans of New York/MJ4Justice.com, I was honored to be included with a group of Fan representatives from throughout the world. There were fans present from China, Germany, Japan, Spain, the UK, Portugal, the U.S. and Paris.
This show is not the widely popular Immortal show, a show that I love and still very passionate about. Immortal was a high paced Rock & Roll arena concert show. MJOne takes us on a different turn…it is an intimate and touching testament to Michael’s heart- his love for the planet, people everywhere ,his fans, and his children.
MJ always said “It has to be the best.” Well, MJOne fills that requirement and more.
It is the best…and then some.
Without giving away to much, because it is important for your to experience it with all your senses.
From the moment, you walk into the lobby. Michael’s spirit envelops you. It is a clear reflection of Michael- the showman, the lover of art and fine things. From the lobby bar to the gorgeous chandelier, it is all there for you to breathe in and enjoy.
Your enter the theatre, itself, and you see MJ’s world- what he celebrated and what he had to endure. It’s all there beautifully portrayed and with the sensitivity that is much needed.
Cirque du Soleil is the perfect compliment for the artistry of Michael. Cirque is grand, exhilarating and always come with unexpected surprises for all your senses. Like Michael , Cirque is the best!
This is a show for old and new fans. You will be taken back in time (Remember the time, MJFam) when you first heard these songs. For me, I was transported back to my childhood, when I would listen, dance and swoon over my Jackson 5 records with my friends.
You also get to celebrate and enjoy those songs, which were not #1 hits but should have been (Stranger in Moscow, Smile and many more)
This is a Michael Jackson show--- in every way possible. His presence, his essence is there for you to celebrate…front and center.
Jamie King, Jamie King….Jamie King. We all should thank God for his genius and his commitment to Michael’s legacy.
His direction of MJONE is nothing short of breathtaking. We had the honor and privilege of being in the dressing room for Jamie’s pre-show pep talk to the cast. But actually, It was more than a pep talk, it was Church!
He revved up that cast- like a minister on a beautiful Sunday morning. He spoke the “Gospel of Michael” and why it was the mission for the cast and to show the audience what the phrase “We are One “was really about.
Jamie graciously told the cast of why this show was a dedication to Michael’s fans—and he really went out of his way to make us feel important.
Kevin Antunes, from the Immortal show, is back again as musical director for MJOne. His respect for Michael’s musical genius is evident and will take your breath away.
Costume Zaldy broke new ground with his costumes for the Immortal show. Well, Zaldy does it again! His costumes are glorious.
The cast, dancers and acrobats were exhilarating, they had MJ’s moves down to perfection and their level of excitement on that stage was contagious.
Now, I want to honor, my pledge not to give too much away in this review. I really feel it is important for you to discover the experience for yourself.
But, the highlight for me was “Man in the Mirror”, what happens on that stage will definitely take your breath away and reaching for your tissues. That moment on the stage is glorious, spiritual and I never wanted it to end. Those images have stayed with me days later.
I would like to personally thank the entire team of Cirque du Soleil and the Estate of Michael Jackson….what you have achieved on the stage of the Michael Jackson theatre is nothing short of a masterpiece. It is the ultimate tribute to Michael. It is a gift for his fans, and most important for generations to come.
One additional comment—Wait..... until you experience the MJONE gift shop…..it is a once in a lifetime experience. And if you are anything like me---you better bring an extra empty suitcase. I wanted to buy it all.
I want to urge everyone- to plan a trip to Mandalay Bay to witness this show. Tickets are available NOW--
Preview performances for Michael Jackson ONE will begin on May 23, 2013 at Mandalay Bay.
PREVIEW PERFORMANCES SCHEDULE:
• Saturday to Wednesday at 7:00pm. There are no performances on Thursdays and Fridays.
TO RESERVE TICKETS:
• 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.