Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Cirque to develop Michael Jackson Show

Cirque du Soleil will develop a show based on the music of Michael Jackson. A touring version of the show will begin in 2011, followed by a permanent show in Vegas starting in 2012.

Part of the deal will also include a Jackson themed nightclub at the hotel where the show will be. That hotel hasn't been announced yet, but it will be a MGM Mirage property.

Off the top of my head the property that makes the most sense would be Mandalay Bay. They are the best MGM hotel without a Cirque show at the moment. Anything can happen between now and 2012 though, so the show really could end up almost anywhere. Monte Carlo perhaps to replace Lance Burton? Luxor to replace Criss Angel down the road? MGM Grand if KA is struggling? Aria if the Elvis show is a flop? Really almost anything is possible. I think Love is pretty safe so it won't be at Mirage. Same thing for O and Bellagio. Excalibur and Circus Circus are off the list just because they are on the low end. I guess time will tell.

Source: Reuters.