Michael Jackson Cirque du Soleil show opens

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Report by Sophie Foster

U2 were among the star names attending the first UK performance of the Cirque du Soleil Michael Jackson tribute show at London’s O2 Arena.

Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour, the only major tribute show approved by the late singer’s estate, will have a short run at the venue which was to have been the London home of Jackson’s doomed This is It tour.

Travis Payne, the choreographer for the production, said the star had been a huge Cirque du Soleil fan.

“I think in the aftermath of Michael’s passing, anything that I can do personally to celebrate him, the artist that he was and the genius he was and all the great work that he gave us over the decades, is just an honour,” he said.

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