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THE estate of Michael Jackson and Cirque du Soleil are bringing "Michael Jackson - THE IMMORTAL World Tour" to Shanghai's Mercedes-Benz Arena from August 15 to 18.

AEG Live Asia will host the electrifying, once-in-a-lifetime production, which is being presented by Budweiser, in association with Infiniti and official sponsors American Express, Blackberry and Starwood.

Ticket prices start at 280 yuan (US$45.4) through 480 yuan, 680 yuan, 880 yuan and 1,280 yuan (VIP), and are available through the hotline on 400-610-3721 (Chinese) and (021) 5150-9199 (English), and online via Damai.cn and SmartShanghai.com.

Act fast to see the music of an artistic legend brought to life on one of Shanghai's greatest stages.

A riveting fusion of visuals, dance, music and fantasy, THE IMMORTAL World Tour immerses audiences in the story of one of the 20th century's defining artists. Written and directed by long-time Michael Jackson collaborator, Jamie King, this show contextualizes Michael's artistic legacy in the tradition of the legendary Cirque du Soleil. Created for the enjoyment of lifelong fans as well as those experiencing Michael's creative genius for the first time, the show captures the essence, soul and inspiration of the King of Pop, celebrating a talent that transcends generations.

THE IMMORTAL World Tour brings the audience through a fantastical world, where they discover Michael's inspiration and the wellspring of his creativity. Through a series of scenes, the secrets of Michael's inner world are unlocked, from his love of music and dance, fairy tales and magic, to the fragile beauty of nature.

The underpinnings of THE IMMORTAL World Tour are Michael Jackson's powerful, inspirational music and lyrics - the driving force behind the show - brought to life with extraordinary power and breathless intensity. Through unforgettable performances, Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour underscores Michael's global messages of love, peace and unity.

The production is woven together by more than 35 of Michael's songs, including classics such as "Beat It," "Billie Jean," and "Earth Song," alongside popular hits from the Jackson 5 era. The musical component of the show was fashioned by musical designer Kevin Antunes and musical director Greg Phillinganes, who worked with Michael for over 25 years.

Using mash-ups, remixes and new arrangements, THE IMMORTAL World Tour brings a breathtaking array of material to the stage, incorporating elements from his many artistic periods. The result is a complete soundscape, assembled from hours of recordings and unreleased material.

The audience will hear Michael's fingers click and his feet stamp, creating an engaging and intimate experience. Michael's beautiful, rich voice dominates the mix, and soars over the playing of a live band. The stellar on-stage band includes Jonathan "Sugarfoot" Moffett, who played drums for Michael for 30 years, as well as a host of musicians that enjoyed a close, personal relationship with the star.

"It starts with the music," says director Jamie King. "Michael's voice is what drives the show. I have the opportunity to carry on Michael's legacy, to take all that energy - all that he was and was going to be - and build it into this production. Our goal is not to simply cover Michael, but to take his music to a whole new level."

In paying tribute to Michael's legacy, Jamie King has also utilized dance choreography, video projections and creative storylines that evoke his phenomenal music and peerless stagecraft. Video projections integrate footage of Michael's on-stage performances, making his presence an almost-palpable part of the show. The set and costumes are masterpieces of conceptual design, bringing together iconic styles and objects from Michael's life, immersing the audience completely in his remarkable story.

"Michael Jackson is an artist that left an indelible mark on the history of pop music," said Adam Wilkes, senior vice president of AEG Live Asia. "Just years after his passing, fans in Shanghai will have their best ever opportunity to experience the magic of seeing Michael on stage.

"This multimedia spectacular embodies the spirit of his music, and celebrates his legacy for his Chinese fans," said Wilkes. "No performance of this type has ever before been seen on a Shanghai stage, and no show will ever come as close to recreating the golden age of the undisputed King of Pop."

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