Cirque du Soleil brings Michael Jackson show to Tampa

'The Immortal' is Cirque du Soleil's take on the music of Michael Jackson

May 15, 2014 

"Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour," makes a stop at the Tampa Bay Times Forum for two shows May 20-21. PUBLICITY PHOTO

Cirque du Soleil, in recent years, has turned for inspiration to the works of deceased rock stars (as in "Viva Elvis!") and long-gone bands (as in "Love," based on music by the Beatles).

And twice in the past three years, Cirque has created shows that revolve around Michael Jackson's life and music. The first of those two, "Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour," makes a stop at the Tampa Bay Times Forum for two shows, Tuesday and Wednesday.

There are tons of hits from the King of Pop, from his cherubic beginnings with the Jackson 5 through his super-stardom in the "Thriller" days and up until his latter-day recordings. The music mostly consists of remastered recordings of Jackson's actual performances.

Of course, like every Cirque du Soleil show, "The Immortal" is more than just music. It's a multimedia spectacle of light, dance and acrobatics, and it incorporates video footage of Jackson.

This is the second trek through North America for "The Immortal." It premiered in Montreal in 2011, toured Canada and the United States, and then headed of to Europe, Asia, Australia and South America, and it's been a hit all over the world. It just came back to the U.S. in February.

Details: 8 p.m. May 20-21, Tampa Bay Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Tickets: $87.95-$145.20. Information: 813-301-2500, www.tampabaytimesforum.com.

-- Marty Clear

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