Michael Jackson lives again in "Immortal" stage show
By Leila Lemghalef
MONTREAL (Reuters) - Michael Jackson's music, moves and imagination live again in Cirque du Soleil's new show "The Immortal World Tour" which opened in Montreal to screams, cries and a standing ovation on Sunday ahead of a 10-month North American tour.
Set to the central image of a "Giving Tree," -- a 300-year-old oak tree at Jackson's former Neverland Ranch home where he used to find peace and inspiration -- dancers bring the "Thriller" singer's signature moves and outfits to life.
Sparkling aerialists fly through images of galaxies in the universe to the pulsing sounds of some 70 hits, rewinding back to the King of Pop's days as a child star with the Jackson Five.
Jackson's mother Katherine, his three children Prince, Paris and Prince Michael II (Blanket), along with several of his brothers attended Sunday's world premiere of the $60 million production. It is one of the biggest projects authorized by the executors of the singer's estate.
"I think it was important not only for the Cirque but our fans to see that we support this as well and that we want to make sure that they capture what our brother was about, and they did that," Marlon Jackson told reporters, in the company of brothers Tito and Jackie.
"I think the reason the legacy is so strong is because we started so young," he added. "Michael went out and did his own thing and even grew it bigger."
Jackson, 50, who died in Los Angeles in June 2009, was a fan of Cirque du Soleil and went to the Canadian entertainment group's first U.S. tent show in 1987, said John Branca, one of the executors of his estate.
"Michael was very excited to meet the performers and they were very excited to meet him, " Branca said. "There's a lot of love and passion for Michael in this show". Continued...