Ben Greenman did not see the value in a Michael Jackson tour without Michael, writing in his New Yorker review:
The Cirque du Soleil show got off to a shaky start. Dancers representing different versions of Jackson, or maybe different aspects of his personality, huddled onstage and, as “Working Day and Night” played, started spray-painting on a large digital screen. Then a dancer dressed as a mime performed a impressive solo dance to “Remember the Time.” As the night went on, it would become clear that the mime was the most talented dancer in the show, even though he was sometimes accompanied by a dancer dressed as Bubbles, Jackson’s famous pet chimpanzee. The mime’s performances were often stunning, mixing circus comedy and high-level break dancing. But what does it say when the best analogue you can find for your central figure is a silent cipher?
It did good business though:
Total Gross: $157,299,100
Total Attendance: 1,425,442
Total Capacity: 1,853,022
No. of Shows: 205
No. of Sellouts: 0
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