LAS VEGAS (August 15, 2016) – In tribute to the greatest entertainer of all time, Cirque du Soleil® and the Estate of Michael Jackson are inviting fans to celebrate Michael Jackson’s birthday during a three-day extravaganza, held at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Hosted by Michael Jackson ONE, the King of Pop’s fourth annual birthday celebration will take place Aug. 27 – 29, 2016. Guests who attend performances on those days will receive exclusive access to the various festivities all three days including on his special day. For more information, please visit www.cirquedusoleil.com/mjbday.
Each night before the 7 p.m. show, ticket holders will have access to a rare meet-and-greet opportunity with members of the Estate and other special guests in the theater lobby. Additional events taking place throughout the three-day celebration include the unveiling of a fourth piece of Michael Jackson memorabilia, a one-time-only performance by members of the cast of ONE, a special book signing event, chances to win cool prizes and more.
Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016
To kick off the King of Pop’s birthday weekend, the Estate of Michael Jackson will unveil another precious piece of Michael Jackson memorabilia, which will be seen for the first time by those at the meet-and-greet on Aug. 27. On loan from the Estate, this item will join three other Estate-owned pieces on display at Mandalay Bay: Michael Jackson’s red-and-gold military style jacket from his appearance at the 1984 American Music Awards, a pair of his iconic black loafers and crystal-encrusted white socks, and his legendary HIStory Statue, which was revealed last month. The ceremony will take place in the theater lobby at 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016
To continue the celebration, during the meet-and-greet which starts at 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 28, the Michael Jackson ONE Boutique will reveal three never-before-seen pieces created by fine artist Nate Giorgio inspired by the key art for ONE. Nate has a long history working on pieces for Michael Jackson going back to the 1980s and has continued that relationship working with the Michael Jackson Estate. The Boutique will be offering giclees of all three pieces starting this weekend.
Monday, Aug. 29
On Michael Jackson’s birthday, there is a full afternoon of activities kicked off by the cast of ONE who will captivate fans with a one-time-only performance at the theater. The performance was created specifically to celebrate the King of Pop’s birthday and will take place at 3:15 p.m. on Aug. 29, with doors opening at 3 p.m.
Also taking place on Aug. 29 at 3:30 p.m. in the theater, the Name That Michael Jackson Tune competition hosted by ONE musical director, Kevin Antunes, will give nine lucky fans the opportunity to win special prizes by accurately—and quickly—identifying audio clips from the King of Pop’s songs. The grand prize winner will take home the Grand Prize Pack, enjoying gifts such as a meet-and-greet with ONE cast members and $200 credit at the Michael Jackson ONE boutique. Those interested in competing can register now at www.cirquedusoleil.com/mjbday and must be 13 years of age or older to participate. Registration will remain open until 10 p.m. PT on Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016.
After the activities in the theater, enjoy a special book signing event hosted by the Michael Jackson ONE Boutique with Author Michael Bush. Bush, Michael Jackson’s designer and dresser for 25 years, will make an appearance, signing copies of his book The King of Style: Dressing Michael Jackson.
At the meet-and-greet starting at 5:30 p.m., there will be a champagne reception with VIP guests including members of the Estate, Jamie King (writer/director for the show), Rich and Tone Talauega (choreographers for the show), Kevin Antunes (musical director for the show), cast members of Michael Jackson ONE and more.