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Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 05/22/2012

Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour’ comes to the Verizon Center in July


Cirque du Soleil’s new show, “ Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour," will play at Verizon Center July 13-15. (Cirque du Soleil)

Is a Michael Jackson world tour possible without the king of pop?

If there were any way to attempt such a feat, it would be wise to enlist the singer’s longtime tour musical director to amp up the music, fill the house band with musicians who had worked with Michael, bring in costume and set designers from the “This Is It” tour and squeeze in as many Michael songs as humanly possible.

And that’s precisely what “Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour,” the thumping Cirque du Soleil show that premiered last year, does. Cirque gave the Beatles a swirling tribute with the beloved show “Love,” and has done much the same with “The Immortal,” offering up a performance that’s more concert than swinging-from-the-rafters Cirque spectacular.

The show arrives at Verizon Center for a few shows beginning July 13; I checked out the touring show’s run in Baltimore earlier this month and offer up a peek at a few of the scenes below. Be sure to get tickets soon — several performances on the tour have sold out, but tickets still are available for the Verizon Center dates.


Michael’s not entirely absent from this show; “The Immortal” uses jumbo video projections that frequently flash images from his most influential music videos. You can also feel his imprint in the music; though the show uses live musicians (including Jonathan “Sugarfoot” Moffett, Jackson’s drummer for 30 years) , the music incorporates the singer’s voice. (Cirque du Soleil)


The dancing in “The Immortal” is expert — the show offers a lot to look at, but keep an eye out for the dancers. In particular, the main character, known as the Mime, decked out in a glittering track suit, is one to watch. (Cirque du Soleil)


The pole dance: This scene, set to the track “Dangerous,” certainly gets the crowd’s attention. But conventional Cirque acrobatics are thin in the show; instead, expect a lot of dancing — inspired by Jackson’s moves, of course. (Cirque du Soleil)

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