IT WAS nothing short of pure fantasy.
Bright lights, flying acrobats and a tribute to the beloved King of Pop.
This was the Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour.
Presented by Cirque Du Soleil, the tribute show took the audience down a touching and insightful path into Michael Jackson’s most intimate thoughts and feelings.
Opening night saw tens of thousands of dedicated fans — who longed to see their hero brought to life one last time — pour into Sydney’s Allphones Arena.
And brought to life he was.
With a cast of 49 international dancers, musicians and acrobats, the world’s most talented stage performers paid tribute to the great king.
The front gates of MJ’s Neverland were the catalyst of the story, following three distinct chapters — his childhood, his musical career and his passing.
Beating hearts, neon moon-walkers and the most believable monkey (Terrance Harrison who played Bubbles - MJ’s beloved pet) completed the package.
Each act trumped the one that preceded it, and with greater gusto.
The strength, dedication and skill displayed by the performers defied basic understanding of gravity and physics.
Nothing was left to chance, every detail was accounted for.
A special mention should be made to the phenomenal one-legged dancer, Jean Sok, who astonished the crowd with his ability to not only keep up but also take the lead.
He proved to an audience of thousands that he would not allow his disability to take away his ability to do what he loved.
For anyone who has seen a Cirque Du Soleil production, this show was like nothing ever done before.
The experience was one that had to be felt first hand.
No amount of creative cinematography can revive the atmosphere that electrified adoring onlookers.
The costume designs were something out of a fairytale, designs that could only be imagined.
Music and lighting was timed to perfection and the performers actively engaged the audience during intermission by teaching them the dance moves to ‘‘Beat It’’.
Avid Cirque or Michael Jackson fans are not the only ones who will enjoy the show, the experience is one that would be enjoyed by all.
The Michael Jackson Immortal show will only be in Sydney until Sunday.
Details: For tickets, visit: http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/ and follow the prompts for the Sydney show.