‘65 Michaels on stage’: Jackson tribute comes to Dubai

A series of fifty concerts by Michael Jackson were scheduled at The O2 arena in London, but he died three weeks before the first concert date. (File photo: Reuters)

Michael Jackson fans are in for a pleasant surprise: a 16-day tour of ‘Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour’ is coming to Dubai, reported Gulf News on Monday. 

Developed by famed circus company Cirque du Soleil, the show is written and directed by Jamie King in partnership with the late singer’s estate.

The dance, music and fantasy extravaganza has around 60 performers, including singers, dancers, acrobats and musicians, from all over the world, said the article. 

The show is expected to draw crowds, and is one of the biggest and most ambitious productions by Cirque du Soleil.

“It has performed in more than a 100 cities as of today and 24 countries in three continents. We have performers from some 19 countries. It is the most spectacular tour,” said Renee-Claude Menard, the director of Cirque du Soleil.

Jamie King is eager to share the late star’s “genius.”

“Michael Jackson wasn’t just a global superstar, but also believed that the world can perform as one and to bring the show here makes sense as it’s brought old fans, new fans together to celebrate his legacy, his music,” said King, at a press conference in Dubai on Monday.

“It’s my first time in Dubai and I see the huge buildings outside my hotel and the man-made islands, and I think, ‘This is Michael. Michael Jackson believed in the illogical and what you have created here is not just immortal but seems illogical’. He was a humanitarian and a genius and that’s what we’ve tried to bring out with the show. We are just celebrating his showmanship and the man he was.”

“It will be like there are 65 Michaels on stage. It’s a big show. How can it not be one when you mix the show and Cirque du Soleil who are just as maverick in their field as the showman himself?” said King.

“Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour” will premiere in the UAE on December 30 and will run until January 14, 2014.

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