Michael Jackson Cirque show stops by Atlanta


• What: Cirque du Soleil’s “Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour”

• When: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday

• Where: Philips Arena, One Philips Drive, Atlanta

• Cost: $54 to $179

• For more information: Visit www.philipsarena.com

ATLANTA -- Although it has been three years since Michael Jackson passed away, we can still enjoy his music and iconic dance moves with Cirque du Soleil's "Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour" at Philips Arena on Friday through Sunday.

"Michael Jackson was always a huge fan of Cirque. He was at one of the first shows in the '80s," said the tour's spokesperson, Laura Silverman. "Both (Jackson and Cirque) are over the top -- the similarities were obvious -- and we wanted to one day collaborate. It was after his passing when we started the work, but his estate worked with Cirque to put together the team of creators."

With 61 artists, acrobats, musicians and dancers combined with 35 Jackson songs, theatrical lighting and outrageous costumes, there is a little something for everyone in the crowd.

"Everyone gets something different from the show, whether you are a Cirque fan or a Michael Jackson fan," Silverman said.

For those who have seen other Cirque shows in the past, this one is slightly different.

"It's very different than our other shows," she said. "You're definitely going to see the Cirque staples, like contortionists, rings and that sort, but it's really a rock pop concert with dance and Michael Jackson music, which is the driving force behind the show. There is more of a concert feel."

Some of the standout performances include a tango dance through the air, the pole dancer's performance and a mega-mix of Jackson's music coordinated with an LED dance routine.

"I think it's a great show for anyone who hasn't been to see Cirque du Soleil before," Silverman said. "There is a lot of familiarity because of Michael Jackson's music. We encourage people to stand up, sing along and see people doing acts you didn't think is possible. There is a mix of Michael Jackson's message of love peace and unity ... the sky's the limit and to dream -- it's an inspiring show. Besides having a good time, people will leave feeling really uplifted."

The show is approximately two hours long with one intermission.