In May 1983, people of all ages gathered in front of TVs at home to watch music’s homage to the sound of Motor City, Motown. Before that nostalgic stroll was over, we were all astonished.
During the broadcast of Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever, viewers had their first glimpses of the moonwalk – a dance move so fluid and smooth it startled. Within the five minutes it took to sing and dance to his single “Billie Jean,” Michael Jackson became the King of Pop.
The moonwalk, angular poses and those precise, slicing moves became as signature to him as the forward-tilted hat and sequined glove; and it all inspired Cirque du Soleil to create Michael Jackson, The Immortal World Tour, a new show headed for Tulsa’s BOK Center. Shows are scheduled for 8 p.m. Feb. 18 and 4 p.m. Feb. 19. While his personal controversies and changing physical appearance dominated the public’s attention in his latter years, the late singer’s explosive vision of dance, music and pop culture continues to influence the young and ambitious. Cirque’s acrobats, dancers and performers take on the choreography Jackson made timeless on stage and in memorable music videos. The show includes songs from his days with the Jackson 5 to solo hits such as “Thriller,” “Beat It,” “Bad” and “Dangerous.”
There will be plenty of stage spectacles to be sure, but Jackson’s music – which has seen a resurgence of popularity following his sudden death in 2009 – and inimitable persona may still take your breath away.
For more information about Michael Jackson, The Immortal World Tour, go online to www.bokcenter.com. Tickets can also be purchased by calling 866.726.5287.