As you may recall, the wife and I recently returned from “our first trip” to Las Vegas. While the main intention of the trip was to attend my brother’s wedding (which was a blast), the wife and I truly wanted to immerse ourselves into the Vegas culture and decided that going to a show on the strip was a must.

Deciding to go was easy. Deciding what to see? Another story – there’s so much choice.

While the wife and I have somewhat similar tastes, we also had to take into consideration what my parents would be willing to see as we invited them to come along. During the decision-making process, we decided that Cirque du Soleil was the route to go, even though I’d never seen a show and wasn’t too sure I was all that into “circus acrobatics.” Hello boredom my old friend.

Well, Michael Jackson ONE proved I could never have been so wrong! Boredom was not an option.

Michael Jackson ONE

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Staged in the Michael Jackson ONE Theatre at the Mandalay Bay Casino and Resort in Las Vegas since June 2013, this Cirque du Soleil production figuratively blew my socks off. In fact, I think the Cirque describes it best:

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. Cirque du Soleil

The story is based on four kids who stumble into a museum or house (Neverland?) and find some Michael Jackson artifacts. When one of the kids tries to “jack” Michael’s iconic jeweled glove, troubles ensue.

Straight from the get-go, we are immersed in Michael’s music with choreography perfectly synced to the beat. On stage. On the walls. In the air. On screen! In fact, as a Cirque neophyte I was blown away by all the activity that took place that I had trouble keeping up with everything that was going on.

And then there was the technology. According to the Cirque du Soleil press kit:

  • Each of the theatre’s 1,804 seats has three speakers – left, right and center – for a total of 5,412 seat speakers.
  • Apart from the 587 lighting fixtures, there are 295 custom LED fixtures built into the show’s various set pieces.
  • For the projections, the stage is equipped with 1 LED track with 8 trolleys, each trolley supporting 8 LED panels.
  • 26 projectors display video content on the stage and around the proscenium.
  • In addition to the projectors, there are 11 TV monitors and a 40-ft-wide, 30-ft-high LED wall made up of 8 separate columns.

It was sensory overload! But in a good way!

Would I pay to see Michael Jackson ONE again? Sure I would. Am I disappointed that I’d also have to fork over the cash to head back down the Vegas? Damn straight. Will I be tempted to see Cirque du Soleil if the pass through Vancouver? Quite possibly.

But in the meantime, do yourself a favour and give this one a watch. You won’t be disappointed!