Entries in Cirque du Soleil (5)


Brad Pitt, Family Attend Cirque du Soleil's Michael Jackson Show

Eric Charbonneau/WireImage(LAS VEGAS) -- Brad Pitt turned 48 years old on Sunday, and what better way to celebrate than to take Angelina Jolie and their six children to Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour, the Cirque Du Soleil touring show, in Las Vegas Saturday evening?

A source told, "They had great seats, sitting right beside the stage.  They really seemed to enjoy the show.  The performers didn't know they were there and a few of them recognized them while they were on stage, so it was pretty exciting."

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Cirque du Soleil Creating Michael Jackson-Themed Productions

Carlo Allegri/Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) -- Cirque du Soleil has already created hit Las Vegas shows around the music and legacy of The Beatles and Elvis Presley.  Now, they're working their magic on the King of Pop.

On Wednesday, at the Mandalay Bay casino, the Jackson estate announced they've extended their partnership with Cirque du Soleil to make the casino and resort the posthumous home of Michael Jackson.

Things get underway this December, when the touring Cirque production Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour will begin an extended engagement of close to 30 shows at the Mandalay Bay arena.  To coincide with that, the resort will host the first-ever estate-sanctioned Jackson Fan Fest.

However, the real fun will begin in the spring of 2013, when Cirque du Soleil brings three new permanent Jackson attractions to the casino.  The first will be a new, still-untitled stage production based on Jackson’s music.

Cirque du Soleil is also creating a separate interactive exhibit dedicated to Jackson, to be called Michael Jackson All Access, as well as a Jackson-themed lounge.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


'The Beatles LOVE' Album, Documentary Coming to iTunes

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The album soundtrack for The Beatles LOVE, as well as the documentary All Together Now, which shows how the Cirque du Soleil show of the same name was made, are both coming to iTunes.

The album will arrive for purchase on Feb. 8 and the documentary will follow soon after.  Both will be sold individually for $12.99.

Since the Beatles' music was made available for purchase on iTunes last November, over five million digital songs and one million digital albums have been sold worldwide. 

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Fox Announces 'American Idol' Changes; Judges Meet the Media

Photo Courtesy - PRNewsFoto/Zumobi(PASADENA, Calif.) -- Viewers will notice a few changes to American Idol once it debuts its 10th season next week.

At a Television Critics Association meeting on Tuesday in Pasadena, California, Fox announced that only 20 semifinalists -- 10 guys and 10 girls -- will be selected following a special Las Vegas round, during which the hopefuls will perform Beatles songs on the stage of Cirque du Soleil's Beatles-inspired LOVE show.  The brand-new Vegas round will follow the Hollywood round.

In addition to holdover Randy Jackson, the show has a new judges' panel that includes Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler, all of whom addressed reporters at the TCA panel.  Lopez said she and fellow newcomer Steven Tyler will bring a fresh perspective to the show.

She said, “We’re artists, we’ve been up there, we’ve auditioned, we’ve been through the rank  [Steven has] toured for, what, 40 years....There’s nothing like having that type of discussion with another artist to help you grow.”

Jackson says viewers will see a different side of him this season because of all the changes, describing himself as "more of an assertive dawg."

American Idol premieres Jan. 19 with auditions in New York/New Jersey.  The Hollywood round begins Feb. 16 and the Vegas round starts on Feb. 23.  The 20 semifinalists will be chosen Feb. 24, and the 10 finalists -- as well as the judges' wild-card picks -- will be announced March 3.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Michael Jackson's Cirque du Soleil Show to Tour Arenas Next October 

Photo Courtesy - Cirque du Soleil [dot] com(MONTREAL) -- Michael Jackson's music and moves will live on, thanks to Cirque du Soleil. The Canadian entertainment company, famous for its acrobatic, visually-stunning shows like O and Wintuk, will put its own spin on the King of Pop's music and choreography with Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour, a show that will begin touring arenas in October of 2011.  The production, which will feature 60 international performers, has the full cooperation of Jackson's estate.

Jamie King, who worked as Madonna's creative director for the past 12 years, will write and direct the show.  He's also directed shows for Rihanna, Celine Dion, Britney Spears and Jackson himself -- he worked with him on the Dangerous tour. 

King says of Immortal, "It's very much a collaboration -- a marriage, if you will -- of a rock-pop spectacle, and Cirque.  So if you can imagine those two worlds meeting, what we have is this great, magical experience."

King says that the show will be set at Neverland, and focus on "The Giving Tree" -- an actual oak tree on the property that Jackson found particularly inspiring.  The 90-minute show will feature all of Jackson's hits, with his original lead vocals, but the music will likely be remixed and mashed-up, just like the music in another Cirque show, The Beatles: Love.

In addition, King says, the show will feature unreleased Michael Jackson songs that he has exclusive access to.  King explains, "Michael is really our narrator -- the lyrics of his songs, I put them in an order that really guides us through, and on, this journey."

The scheduled 30-city tour is set to begin Oct. 2, 2011 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada, and will tour Canada before hitting the U.S. with a Seattle debut on Nov. 9, 2011. Other dates announced will include the Honda Center in Anaheim on Jan. 24, Los Angeles' Staples Center on Jan. 27, and New York City's Madison Square Garden on April 3. Tickets go on sale beginning Saturday, Nov. 6.

Copyright 2010 ABC News Radio

ABC News Radio