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Cirque honors MJ

‘Michael Jackson, The Immortal World Tour’ returns to L.A. for two performances only at the Staples

Posted: August 10, 2012 6:00 a.m.
Updated: August 10, 2012 6:00 a.m.
Don Boyette worked with Michael Jackson for years. Don Boyette worked with Michael Jackson for years.
Don Boyette worked with Michael Jackson for years.

Cirque du Soleil returns to Los Angeles with “Michael Jackson, The Immortal World Tour” for two performances at the Staples Center.

Due to the success of the show in January, two performances have been scheduled, for Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 14 and 15.

The production combines Michael Jackson music and choreography with Cirque du Soleil creativity to give fans a unique experience which honors the spirit, passion and heart of Michael Jackson. The show features more than 60 international dancers, musicians and acrobats.

“Michael Jackson, The Immortal World Tour” is a fusion of visuals, dance, music and fantasy that immerses audiences in Jackson’s creative world.

It takes place in a fantastical realm where Jackson’s inspiration and the wellspring of his creativity is revealed.
The secrets of Jackson’s inner world are unlocked — his love of music and dance, fairy tales and magic, and the fragile beauty of nature.

Among those performing with the show is Don Boyette, who played bass guitar for Jackson.

“I know that Michael would be thrilled to see this show,” said Boyette. “I feel his spirit every night on stage.”

Boyette said Cirque du Soleil has put together a moving show with exceptional music, dancing and choreography.

“It’s been a pleasure to be a part of this show,” he said. “I feel Michael is smiling down on us.”

Boyette said his favorite part of “Michael Jackson, the Immortal World Tour,” is “Man in the Mirror.”

“It’s hard to name one moment in the show that is my favorite because I love it all,” he said. “But ‘Man in the Mirror,’ where everyone takes their bow, gives me goosebumps every night.”

Boyette said working with Cirque du Soleil has also been an educational experience in how they have cast the show and the show has been put together.

“The entire experience has been extraordinary,” he said. “They have a unique way of working, in addition, they are very professional and thorough.”

Boyette said audiences should attend the show to celebrate Jackson’s life.

“It’s a magical, extraordinary experience,” he said. “Michael is an icon, there will never be anyone who can compare to Michael. He was so loved. I don’t think there is a kid on earth who doesn’t know who Michael Jackson was.”

Boyette, who is a self taught bass player, worked with Jackson for eight years.

He worked with Jackson on the “Bad” and the “Dangerous” tours.

“It changed my life, it was an amazing experience for me,” he said. “He was one of the nicest people I’ve ever met in my life.”

Boyette said he learned a lot from Jackson.

“Michael always told us, we were all one, and when we had our moment on stage we needed to remember that everything mattered,” he said. “Every moment, every gesture, anything you do on stage, every second, it has to mean something,” he said. “You have to own that moment.”

Tickets are on sale now for both performances. Tickets are $50 to $250 each and are available at or 1-800-745-3000. For additional information, visit


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