Cirque du Soleil to create Michael Jackson show

* Cirque and Jackson estate will share projects

* Arena touring show expected in late fall 2011

By Alex Dobuzinskis

LOS ANGELES, April 20 (BestGrowthStock) – Cirque du Soleil will
develop a series of shows based on the music and songs of
Michael Jackson, representatives for the late singer’s estate
said on Tuesday.

The projects include touring and permanent shows and a
nightclub to open in Las Vegas.

The first project from the partnership will be an arena
touring show expected to open in late fall 2011.

“Having attended Cirque du Soleil performances with
Michael, I know he was a huge fan,” John Branca, a co-executor
of the estate, said in a statement.

“We are excited to be partners with Cirque du Soleil to
give Michael’s fans a truly unique way to hear, see and feel
Michael’s music,” Branca said.

The “Thriller” singer’s estate and Canadian circus company
Cirque du Soleil will each own half of each project arising
from the partnership. They will split development and
production costs, representatives for the estate said.

The singer’s mother, Katherine, said in a statement, “Our
family is thrilled that Cirque du Soleil will pay tribute to my
son in such an important way.”

Jackson died on June 25 at age 50 in Los Angeles.
Authorities have said he suffered an overdose of powerful
medications and his personal doctor, Conrad Murray, has been
charged with involuntary manslaughter.

The Montreal-based Cirque du Soleil currently has a show in
Las Vegas based on singer Elvis Presley, called “Viva Elvis.”

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(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis: Editing by Jill Serjeant and
Bill Trott)

Cirque du Soleil to create Michael Jackson show