*Cirque du Soleil’s “Immortal World Tour” tribute to Michael Jackson made its global premiere in Montreal Sunday with Jackson’s three children, his mother Katherine and three of his brothers on hand, as well as fans from across Canada and the United States.
A colorful range of special effects, stage smoke and video clips combined with Jackson’s iconic dance routines highlights the $60 million production. The set design was dominated by pictures and videos of children and images of “Neverland,” Jackson’s massive ranch and former home in California, and a large tree.
The show is directed by choreographer Jamie King, a close associate of Madonna who has also worked with singers Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera.
After a long tour in Canada and the United States, the “Immortal World Tour” is expected in 2013 to perform in Europe and around the world.
The show is taking place while in Los Angeles the star’s doctor, Conrad Murray, is on trial over Jackson’s death on June 25, 2009, from an overdose of the powerful sedative propofol.
Jackson had been rehearsing for a series of comeback shows in London in the days and weeks before he died.