Friday, March 9, 2012

Michael Jackson IMMORTAL World Tour by Cirque Review

I mentioned yesterday, we were heading to see the Michael Jackson IMMORTAL World Tour by Cirque du Soleil last night.  I wanted to provide a follow-up review of the show.

A quick funny story, myself and 3 other guys from work were going with their wives.  We were all in different sections.  When we arrived, we found out they were upgrading anyone in the higher up 300 level seats down to lower levels.  I guess that is because it was not a sell out and they moved everyone down to lower seats so they wouldn't have to man as many concession stands and people would get a better view.

The funny thing was that we all ended up in the same section somehow.  So we hung out before the show and during intermission, so that was fun.  And we were upgraded to the club section so we got to enjoy the nicer bar/concession area in that section.  It was great for us that bought the cheap seats, but for the one guy that got tickets just this week and paid double what we did, he was cursing us out.

On to the review...Having seen 3 other Cirque shows previously, I have to say that this one was definitely more oriented to the music and dancing rather than the amazing acrobatics that normally accompany a Cirque show.  It was still quite impressive with all the video screens, visual effects and indoor fireworks at the end along with the classic Michael Jackson music, but if you were expecting a show like most other Cirque shows, this wasn't it.

That's not to say it wasn't good, the dancers were great, there was a pole dancer with some serious skillz, there was even a guy with only one leg that was dancing around quite well with his crutches. 

All in all it was a high energy show with the crowd clapping and bopping around in their seats.  At one point they encourage everyone to stand and everyone did for a song or two and danced to the music.

If you like Michael Jackson and appreciate the music, you'll like the show.  If you've never seen a Cirque show, you'll probably enjoy the show.  If you have seen past Cirque shows and you're expecting the over-the-top acrobatics you've seen previously, you may be a bit disappointed.

All in all it was a good time and we hope to see some more Cirque shows if we make it out to Vegas again or if any of the other traveling shows come to town.  Have you seen any Cirque shows?  Which ones have you seen and what did you think?  


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