Cirque du Soleil's "Michael Jackson The IMMORTAL World Tour" was recently in Columbus, and we had the chance to check out the show before it makes a stop in Cleveland in July.
For being part of the Cirque du Soleil family of shows, The IMMORTAL World Tour featured more dancing and less acrobatics than expected, giving the show a concert feel. Nevertheless, the show certainly delivered with its upbeat Michael Jackson music, dazzling performances and remarkable tricks (How do they swing from those hoops without a harness? Impressive!). It didn't have a clear storyline, but took the crowd through The King of Pop's days as a Jackson 5 member well into his adult career. It featured popular favorites like "Thriller," "Billie Jean" and "ABC."
While highly entertaining, up for debate is the whether or not the show is kid appropriate. Although there were many children in attendance, some of the show elements might be a bit scary for little ones (like Jackson's transformation into a wolf during the "Thriller" music video, which was broadcast on the stage's huge background screens). Kids under the age of 12 or so might also not understand the heavy-duty humanitarian themes that were conveyed during an act featuring "Heal the World" and several other songs.
If you and your family are Jackson fans or want to experience the magic of a Cirque performance, The IMMORTAL World Tour is stopping at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland on July 17 and 18. Both shows are at 8 p.m., and you can find tickets on cirquedusoleil.com.