Cirque du Soleil's CEO Laliberte attends premiere of Michal Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour show by Cirque du Soleil in Montreal
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Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour kicked off Oct. 2 in Canada to rave reviews.
The show is a theatrical production by Circue du Soleil, which uses Jackson's "music and vision" to create a compelling show which drew stars such as Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and Jay-Z and Beyonce.
Described as a "riveting fusion of visuals, dance, music and fantasy," the tour takes place in a fantastical realm where audiences discover Jackson's "Giving Tree," according to the website.
Through the Tree, the secrets of Jackson's inner world are unlocked-his love of music and dance, fairy tale and magic and fragile beauty of nature.
The show came about when the Michael Jackson Company, LLC partnered with Cirque du Soleil in a $250 million contract with Sony, which allows music publishing until 2017.
The show first opened in October 2011, which resulted in 264 shows in North America and Europe. By December of that same year, it had sold more than $100 million in ticket sales, becoming the top touring act in America that year.
With a setlist that includes some of Jackson's biggest hits, including "Dirty Diana," "Man in the Mirror," "Beat It" and "Thriller," the two-hour show has grossed more than $400 million to date.
CNN spoke to the show's "music designer "Kevin Antunes when the show first opened. Antunes worked with show director Jamie King, responsible for Madonna's elaborate shows, to choose songs from Jackson's catalogue and create a "soundscape" for the live acrobats.
The article said Antunes "rebuilt" the songs to make Jackson's voice more dominant for the show.
"That's his vocal the way that it was, just genuinely beautiful," Antunes said. "A young Michael Jackson is still today schooling all the vocalists of our era."
The music is also featured on a CD Immortal, in stores now.
The show will hit American for two days in October before returning for an extended run in November.
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