Cirque du Soleil has confirmed months of rumors and announced plans to unveil a Michael Jackson-based show in 2011 in Las Vegas. Shows, actually—there will be two of them.
The first, a touring arena show, will debut next fall and get “an extended run” in Las Vegas before the permanent Jackson show opens in late 2012.
Assuming none of the existing shows—KÀ, The Beatles Love, O, Mystère, Zumanity, Believe or Viva Elvis—don’t close between now and then, the incoming MJ spectacle will make the eighth resident Cirque show in Las Vegas.
Cirque is keeping tight-lipped about where the show will be housed, among other facts, but its promised “special lifestyle projects, including a nightclub.” Rumors say the show will be at Mandalay Bay.
The new show announcement comes less than a year after Jackson’s death on June 25, 2009.
Michael Jackson’s estate will receive royalties from the projects—but it will also share in half the costs of “creating, developing, building and producing” the shows, too.
The size and scope of the Cirque show will be unprecedented, including larger than life 3-D technology and most likely the largest budget for any Las Vegas show.
Britney Spears fans might just be seeing the pop star in yet another creative dimension. Spears is reportedly planning to film her sold out “Circus Starring Britney Spears ” Las Vegas performance in 3-D on September 26th and 27th at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.
The Spears’ camp has been providing clues to the announcement, including a cryptic blog posting last week using the number 3. “So sit back and relax, be patient one more tim3/the answer can be found within this little rhyme,” it read.
Originally they planned on making it official in a week or two. “Very exciting announcement that many of you have been waiting for coming soon,” said manager Adam Leber in a Twitter update. “Might be a week, and it might be 2 so stay tuned.”
There’s no word on when the 3-D concert film would be released. If it happens, it would be Britney’s second concert filmed in Las Vegas, when her “Dream Within A Dream” Vegas concert date premiered on HBO and later DVD in 2001.
Las Vegas visitors exchanged their beer goggles for 3D glasses at our Town Square Rave Theatre so that they could watch the Fox News broadcast of the Fed Ex BCS Title Game on January 8. 3D is coming of age and people appear to be flocking to its appeal. Locals and guests were treated to a spectacular view of the championship event between the University of Florida Gators and the University of Oklahoma Sooners. Only 81 locations in the nation offered the bowl game in 3D including Boston and New York.
And this isn’t the first time Las Vegas hosted a 3D sporting event. Special viewing parties also took place during the 2007 NBA finals and, due to their success, the NBA has announced plans to hold an HD 3D simulcast of the NBA All-Star basketball game on February 14.