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Published on August 31st, 2017 | by Jerry Doby

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Recap: Michael Jackson ONE Birthday Bash

On Tuesday, Aug. 29, Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil teamed up with the Estate of Michael Jackson to celebrate the King of Pop’s birthday in Las Vegas. Hosted at the Michael Jackson ONE Theater at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, the fifth annual birthday bash dazzled guests throughout the day, commemorating the special occasion with unforgettable activities, coveted prizes, a never-before-seen performance and more.

Michael Jackson ONE and the Estate of Michael Jackson celebrate the King of Pop's birthday, Aug. 29, 2017 (Photo Credit: Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil)

Michael Jackson ONE and the Estate of Michael Jackson celebrate the King of Pop’s birthday, Aug. 29, 2017 (Photo Credit: Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil)

To kick off the festivities, guests enjoyed a rare, sneak peek “behind the curtain” of the world-renowned show as they observed cast members rehearse for the evening’s performance. Fans delighted in the opportunity as they observed the inner-workings of the show, also witnessing a scene change onstage for the first time. As part of the experience, acrobats from the show participated in a Q&A, with lucky guests also winning prizes during a game of Michael Jackson ONE trivia.

Cast members from Michael Jackson ONE pose for photos on the red carpet, Aug. 29, 2017 (Photo Credit: Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil)

Cast members from Michael Jackson ONE pose for photos on the red carpet, Aug. 29, 2017 (Photo Credit: Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil)

Michael Jackson ONE artists rehearse on slackline during birthday celebration at Michael Jackson ONE, Aug. 29, 2017 (Photo Credit: Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil)

Michael Jackson ONE artists rehearse on slackline during birthday celebration at Michael Jackson ONE, Aug. 29, 2017 (Photo Credit: Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil)

Fans enjoy watching artists rehearsing for performances at Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil, Aug. 29, 2017 (Photo Credit: Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil)

Fans enjoy watching artists rehearsing for performances at Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil, Aug. 29, 2017 (Photo Credit: Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil)

Fans react to artist rehearsals and Q&A with artists at Michael Jackson ONE Birthday Celebration, Aug. 29, 2017 (Photo Credit: Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil)

Fans react to artist rehearsals and Q&A with artists at Michael Jackson ONE Birthday Celebration, Aug. 29, 2017 (Photo Credit: Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil)

The celebration continued with a never-before-seen, one-time-only performance by the cast of ONE, who joined forces once again to create a specially choreographed number in honor of the King of Pop on his special day. Performing to Michael Jackson’s “Blood on the Dance Floor” – a song not featured in the show – the cast captivated audience members as they performed their original choreography, complete with mesmerizing aerial acts, magical silhouette imagery and stunning dance routines.

Michael Jackson ONE artists celebrate the King of Pop's birthday with one-time, never-before-seen performance Aug. 29, 2017 (Photo Credit: Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil)

Michael Jackson ONE artists celebrate the King of Pop’s birthday with one-time, never-before-seen performance Aug. 29, 2017 (Photo Credit: Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil)

Michael Jackson ONE artists celebrate the King of Pop's birthday with one-time, never-before-seen performance, Aug. 29, 2017 (Photo Credit: Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil)

Michael Jackson ONE artists celebrate the King of Pop’s birthday with one-time, never-before-seen performance, Aug. 29, 2017 (Photo Credit: Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil)

Fans enjoy a never-before-seen, one-time-only performance by the cast of ONE, Aug. 29, 2017 (Photo Credit: Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil)

Fans enjoy a never-before-seen, one-time-only performance by the cast of ONE, Aug. 29, 2017 (Photo Credit: Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil)

Here’s an inside look at the one of a kind celebration!

Video Courtesy of: JPR Productions

Following the performance, Michael Bush, Jackson’s designer and dresser for 25 years, participated in a special book signing at the Michael Jackson ONE Boutique, where he signed copies of his book The King of Style: Dressing Michael Jackson.

Michael Bush signs copies of his book at special book signing event at the Michael Jackson ONE Boutique, Aug. 29, 2017 (Photo Credit: Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil)

Michael Bush signs copies of his book at special book signing event at the Michael Jackson ONE Boutique, Aug. 29, 2017 (Photo Credit: Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil)

Following the event, guests were invited to a meet-and-greet birthday cake reception, where they mingled with members of the Estate, their invited guests including Jamie King and Rich Talauega, and cast members from Michael Jackson ONE.

ABOUT MICHAEL JACKSON ONE

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. Driven by his biggest hits and heard like never before in a riveting, state-of-the-art surround-sound environment, Michael Jackson ONE byCirque du Soleil performs exclusively at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

Michael Jackson ONE is a heartfelt tribute to the work, innovative spirit and legacy of Michael Jackson – the King of Pop, the genius, the visionary, the One.

For more information about the show, visit www.cirquedusoleil.com/mjone. Like us on Facebook.

ABOUT CIRQUE DU SOLEIL®

From a group of 20 street performers at its beginnings in 1984, Cirque du Soleil is now a major Quebec-based organization providing high-quality artistic entertainment. The company has close to 4,000 employees, including 1,300 performing artists from close to 50 different countries.  Cirque duSoleil has brought wonder and delight to more than 160 million spectators in 400 cities in sixty countries on six continents.

In Las Vegas, Cirque du Soleil has seven permanent resident shows. These productions includeMystère at Treasure Island, “O” at Bellagio Resort & Casino, Michael Jackson ONE at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Zumanity at New York-New York Hotel & Casino, KÀ at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, The Beatles™ LOVE™ at The Mirage Hotel & Casino and MINDFREAK® LIVE! at Luxor Hotel and Casino.

For more information, visit the Cirque du Soleil website at https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/las-vegas. Like us on Facebook or Tweet us: @Cirque.

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