If you never got the chance to see [artist id="1102"]Michael Jackson[/artist] in concert, this could be the next best thing. On Wednesday (November 3), Jackson's estate and Cirque du Soleil announced the dates for the Immortal World Tour.
Written and directed by Jamie King, the multimillion-dollar shows are scheduled to begin October 2011 and travel across North America to nearly 30 cities. According to a press release, the event is set to combine Jackson's timeless tunes and choreography with Cirque's creative background to showcase "Michael's global messages of love, peace and unity." The production hopes to bring fans into a fantasy world based on the singer's inspirational Giving Tree, which remains the central muse for his love of everything including music, dance, fairy tale and magic, and nature.
A presale for Cirque Club Members and MichaelJackson.com subscribers begins Wednesday, while the general-public sale starts Saturday.
Earlier this year, Cirque du Soleil President and CEO Daniel Lamarre spoke to MTV News about incorporating the late singer's new, old and unreleased songs into the production. "The entire catalog is open to us ... we don't know [which songs we'll use] yet, but obviously all of the people will be looking for the big hits of Michael Jackson; we don't want to avoid that," Lamarre said. "We want to make sure that we will meet musical expectations from the fans."
The Immortal World Tour dates, according to a press release:
2011 tour dates:
» 10/2-10/3 - Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
» 10/7 - Ottawa, ON @ Scotiabank Place
» 10/12 - Hamilton, ON @ Copps Coliseum
» 10/15 - Detroit, MI @ Joe Louis Arena
» 10/18 - London, ON @ John Labatt Centre
» 10/21 - Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
» 10/26 - Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Centre
» 10/29 - Saskatoon, SK @ Credit Union Centre
» 11/1 - Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place
» 11/4 - Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
» 11/9 - Seattle, WA @ KeyArena
» 11/18 - Portland, OR @ Rose Garden
» 11/29 - Salt Lake City, UT @ EnergySolutions Arena
» 12/3-12/11 - Las Vegas, NV @ Mandalay Bay Events Center
2012 tour dates:
» 1/6 - Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
» 1/10 - Sacramento, CA @ ARCO Arena
» 1/13 - San Jose, CA @ HP Pavilion at San Jose
» 1/18 - Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
» 1/21 - San Diego, CA @ Valley View Casino Center
» 1/24 - Anaheim, CA @ Honda Center
» 1/27 - Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
» 2/10 - Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
» 3/2 - Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena
» 3/24 - Quebec City, QC @ Colisée Pepsi
» 4/3 - New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
» 4/10 - Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
» 6/29 - Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
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