RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) - Michael Jackson the Immortal World Tour is described as Cirque du Soleil meets rock concert, and today 8News got a special behind the scenes look at all the work it takes to put on the show.
Today our photographer was there as crew members unloaded equipment from thirty trucks and started building the set. It takes about ten hours to get everything in place. About 130 people travel with the tour from city to city.
This show has all the acrobatics you see with other Cirque shows, but it has the feel of a Michael Jackson concert. "We invite people to get up out of their seats and dance and sing along and really embrace and be a part of the music," says publicist Laura Silverman. "He changed the entertainment industry, he changed pop culture and so we're putting all of that on display."
Four members of the eleven-piece live band actually played with the King of Pop. The costume designer from his This Is It documentary heads the wardrobe department. Silverman points out LED bulbs built in jackets for the Billie Jean number and says each detail has been planned carefully. Backstage she shows us. "Fedora hats, very Michael Jackson. We also have on this side the gangster coats for smooth criminal."
Hit songs from Jackson's solo career are a part of the show, along with some favorites from the Jackson Five days. His choreography is also included.
Michael Jackson the Immortal World Tour is at the Richmond Coliseum Tuesday and Wednesday evening. Click here for ticket information.
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