A Michael Jackson tribute show requires serious dance moves, glittery gloves, 80s fashion, pyrotechnics–preferably without the corresponding scalp burns. Cirque du Soleil’s latest arena offering, Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour, does not disappoint. Whether you memorized the lines to the short-lived Jackson 5 cartoon in the 70s, or you are more a fan of Jackson’s Bad years, Cirque’s music-driven performance takes you back to those years. This show, a follow-up to its Beatles and Elvis tributes, is somewhat a departure from Cirque’s traditional surreal, acrobatics-heavy themes. Dance is central to this show, and many will find it more accessible than their previous big top acts.
Immortal samples from a wide range of Jackson’s catalog, with heavy emphasis on the Thriller era. Even casual listeners enjoy the palpable excitement of this performance, but make no mistake—the vocals are tight and varied, and this is not a sing-along show.