Michael Jackson's life a circus
Apr 21, 2010, 6:01 GMT
Michael Jackson's songs will be used for a new Cirque de Soleil show.
The legacy of the late pop singer - who passed away from a massive overdose of anaesthetic Propofol in June last year - will be set to an acrobatic live show by the Canadian dramatic circus troupe, whom Michael was a keen admirer of.
The show will become a permanent production to be staged in Las Vegas, US, from 2012, after a deal brokered by the 'Thriller' singer's estate.
John Branca, co-executor of the estate said: "Having attended Cirque du Soleil performances with Michael, I know he was a huge fan.
"We are excited to be partners with Cirque du Soleil to give Michael's fans a truly unique way to hear, see and feel Michael's music."
The deal between Michael's estate and the troupe will see each own 50 per cent of the profits from the production - which is expected to feature a number of modern circus acts, such as trapeze and fire breathing, interpreted to the backdrop of the 'King Of Pop's' music. It is also expected the performers will be dressed in tribute to the star.
Michael's mother, Katherine, said: "Our family is thrilled that Cirque du Soleil will pay tribute to my son in such an important way."
Other productions in tribute to musicians developed by Cirque De Soliel include shows in tribute to Elvis Presley and The Beatles.