Press Release

Cirque du Soleil and the Estate of Michael Jackson unveil MICHAEL JACKSON ONE Written and directed by Jamie King EXCLUSIVELY AT MANDALAY BAY IN LAS VEGAS PREVIEW PERFORMANCES START MAY 23

Las Vegas, Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Cirque du Soleil and the Estate of Michael Jackson unveiled Michael Jackson ONETM today in Las Vegas, a new creation to take residency exclusively at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. Directed by Jamie King, Michael Jackson ONE will start its preview performances on May 23,


and have its media premiere on June 29. This entirely new show is the second creative project to be developed between Cirque du Soleil and The Estate of Michael Jackson after the top grossing Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour, currently playing arenas in Europe as it travels the world.

 The show
Michael Jackson ONE is a sonic, tonic fusion of acrobatics, dance and visuals that takes the audience on an immersive journey through the music and spirit of Michael Jackson. 

Driven by Michael’s powerful, multi-layered music – heard like never before in a riveting, state-of-the-art surround-sound environment – ONE takes the audience through a series of seamless visual and musical tableaux, at the heart of a world that is in turn majestic, playful, magical and heart-warming. 

In Michael Jackson ONE, Michael’s artistry and spirit are expressed through the vibrant energy of the cast of 63 dancers and performers, underscored by aerial performance, driving acrobatics, and vivid choreographies that use the urban/hip hop idiom as a springboard for exploration. 

ONE is heartfelt tribute to the work, innovative spirit, and legacy of Michael Jackson – the King of Pop, the genius, the visionary, the One.

The name
Michael Jackson believed that all people are unique and equal, regardless of race or culture. His message was one of unity, harmony


hope for a better world. At once evocative and enigmatic, the name Michael Jackson ONE also presents a paradox: Michael was a multifaceted artist who strove to fuse together various musical styles and art forms. It is a fitting title for a unifying journey into the world of the King of Pop, the genius, the visionary, the One. 

Along with Jamie Kingwho started his career as a dancer on Michael’s Dangerous World Tour and also directed the arena touring show Michael Jackson The ImmortalWorld Tour


 Cirque du SoleilMichael Jackson ONE will bring together the creative minds behind the Michael Jackson Estate, John Branca and John McClain, and the diverse talents of the following creators): 

Guy Laliberté – Creative Guide

Jean-François Bouchard – Chief Creative Content Officer

Jamie King – Writer and Director

Welby Altidor – Director of Creation

Carla Kama – Associate Director

Kevin Antunes – Musical Director

François Séguin – Set and Props Designer

Zaldy Goco – Costume Designer

Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon – Creators for the scene Man in the Mirror

Travis Payne – Choreographer

Rich and Tone Talauega – Choreographers

Parris Goebel – Choreographer

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui – Choreographer

Ivan « Flipz » Velez – Choreographer

Olivier Simola – Choreographer

Rob Bollinger – Acrobatic Performance Designer

Germain Guillemot – Acrobatic Performance Designer

Ben Potvin – Acrobatic Choreographer

Andrea Ziegler – Acrobatic Choreographer

Raymond St-Jean – Projections Designer

Jimmy Lakatos – Projections Designer

David Finn – Lighting Designer

Jonathan Deans – Sound Designer

Pierre Masse – Acrobatic Equipment and Rigging Designer

Nathalie Gagné – Makeup Designer

Brian Drader – Dramaturge

Manon Beaudoin – Characters’ Guide

Henry Fong - Illustrator


Preview performances for Michael Jackson ONE will begin on May 23 at Mandalay Bay.

  • Saturday to Wednesday at 7:00pm. There are no performances on Thursdays and Fridays.



  • $69, $99, $130, $140, $150, plus LIMITED Gold Circle seating. Prices do not include tax or fees.
  • Tickets are available 120 days in advance of the performance date.

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Cirque du Soleil
Michael Jackson ONE is Cirque du Soleil’s 8th production in Las Vegas since Mystère in 1993. The company has brought wonder and delight to more than 100 million spectators in more than 300 cities on six continents. Cirque du Soleil has 5,000 employees, including more than 1,000 performing artists from close to 50 different countries.

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Media contact: 
Jeff Lovari
Cirque du Soleil 
(702) 241-6849