I have a couple of problems with the touring show. One, Cirque shows are so much better in smaller theaters. I've seen a couple of their arena shows, and it really takes a lot away from the amazing things that they can do. It's possible that this show is super-sized enough to work well in a large arena, but I'm doubtful. That makes good seats of great importance, and with the better seats coming in at around $250 each, that makes it a pretty expensive night out for a family of five. My second train of thought is to wait for the permanent show Cirque is developing for Las Vegas based on Michael Jackson, thinking that might be a much more intimate (and economical) solution.
I'd actually settled on all this as my plan of attack, then yesterday the revamped promotional trailer for the Immortal tour came out, and now I'm back sitting on the fence again. Take a look, and tell me it doesn't look like an impressive show:
I was fortunate enough to see Michael Jackson on tour in 1984 (Actually it was all of the Jacksons, but nobody bought a ticket to come see Tito.) and it was a huge spectacle and an impressive show. It was also a jaw dropping $40 per ticket, which was almost double what I paid to see Bruce Springsteen the month before. I understand that there's been a lot of concert inflation since then, but it also needs to be remembered that for $40 it was actually Michael Jackson! I'm not thinking that a $250 tribute show is going to qualify as a "need to have experience" for our family. I will be keeping an eye open for any discounts that might pop up though, and if Cirque needs somebody to moonwalk during the pre-show, I'm their guy.