Hailed by Rolling Stone as “A virtual parade of ‘wow’ moments,” Michael Jackson ONE is an electrifying fusion of acrobatics, dance and visuals that reflects the dynamic showmanship of the King of Pop, immersing the audience into the world of Michael's music.
Michael Jackson ONE is a mix of acrobatics, dance and visuals that takes the audience on a journey through the music and spirit of Michael Jackson.
In Michael Jackson ONE, Michael's spirit is channeled through the vibrant energy of the cast of dancers and performers, accentuated by aerial performance, driving acrobatics, and vivid choreographies.
Cast of characters includes:
Michael Jackson: Michael’s spirit is guiding the performers and the audience on the journey, culminating with the release from the grip of Mephisto, which leads everyone to reconnect with Michael’s spirit and his child-like heart.
Mephisto: a malevolent machine made of radios, microphones, tungsten bulbs, televisions, cameras, and surveillance equipment, makes his first appearance along with the Tabloid Junkies, his dance corps and guards.
Smarty Pants: One of Michael’s qualities, gracefulness, is learned by Smarty Pants as she joins in a towering hat juggling act as images of giant hats float and bob everywhere on the screen and on the stage.
The Smooth Criminals: Mephisto sends in his elite force, the Smooth Criminals (rhythmic gymnasts), to do battle with the MJ Warriors, Michael’s dance corps.
Acts within the show include:
Time Tripping – Beat It
Time goes crazy as the metaphoric threshold is crossed into a magical world inspired by Michael’s imagination. High above the audience, rotating bungees churn to the funk infused, drum and guitar-driven rhythms of Beat It.
The Smooth Criminals – Smooth Criminal
Mephisto sends in his elite force, the Smooth Criminals (rhythmic gymnasts), to do battle with the MJ Warriors, Michael’s dance corps. The Warriors get down to business – the yin to the Criminals’ yang.
Mephisto Triumphant – Thriller
Evil forces in the underbelly of Mephisto’s world, the Thrillers (dance corps) and the Ghouls (trampoline artists and rhythmic gymnasts) celebrate Mephisto’s victory.
Michael Jackson’s visual iconography is firmly entrenched in the minds of his fans. In fact, some of these visual icons – Michael’s white glove, penny loafers, fedora hat and shades – are at the very core of the storyline, and are charged with symbolism and have the force of talismans.