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Show Review: Michael Jackson "ONE" at Mandalay Bay

Michael Jackson "ONE" by Cirque du Soleil at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas is a captivating tribute to the King of Pop that seamlessly blends the magic of Cirque du Soleil with the timeless music and iconic choreography of Michael Jackson. From the moment the lights dim to the final bow, the show is a high-energy, emotionally charged celebration of the legendary entertainer's life and legacy. As a lifelong Michael Jackson fan, I was really excited to witness this performance.


The production kicks off with a bang, immediately immersing the audience in the world of Michael Jackson with a dynamic mashup of some of his greatest hits. The set design is a visual feast, incorporating larger-than-life video projections, intricate lighting, and innovative stage effects that transport the audience into a multimedia journey through Michael's extraordinary career.


The choreography in "ONE" is a standout feature, paying homage to Michael Jackson's signature moves while infusing a fresh and contemporary twist. The dancers, clad in vibrant costumes reminiscent of MJ's iconic wardrobe, execute complex routines with precision and flair, capturing the essence of Michael's unparalleled dance style.


The musical arrangements are another highlight, featuring a seamless fusion of Michael's original recordings with live performances. The sound quality is impeccable, allowing the audience to fully appreciate the depth and richness of Michael Jackson's timeless catalog. From the infectious beats of "Billie Jean" to the soul-stirring melodies of "Man in the Mirror," each song is a powerful reminder of the enduring impact of Michael's musical genius.

"ONE" also weaves a narrative that explores Michael Jackson's humanitarian efforts, his commitment to social change, and his message of love and unity. The show balances moments of exuberant celebration with poignant reflections on Michael's life, creating a multifaceted tribute that goes beyond the surface of his superstar persona.


There are literally so many highlights to mention. Every song is given the quintessential Michael Jackson treatment. At moments I felt as if this were the concert Michael would want to produce if he were still with us.


The incorporation of Cirque du Soleil's signature acrobatics and aerial performances adds an extra layer of spectacle to the production. These breathtaking feats of athleticism complement Michael Jackson's music, creating a visual extravaganza that keeps the audience on the edge of their seats throughout the entire performance. “Black or White” is a fitting end to the show. A song about unity that is even more poignant today than when it was written.


In the end, "ONE" is not just a tribute show; it's a testament to the enduring legacy of an artist who revolutionized the world of music and entertainment. The fusion of Cirque du Soleil's creative brilliance with Michael Jackson's unparalleled artistry results in a show that is as emotionally resonant as it is visually stunning. For fans of the King of Pop and newcomers alike, Michael Jackson "ONE" is an unforgettable experience that pays fitting tribute to one of the greatest entertainers of all time.

Photos by Matt Beard


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