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April 29, 2017

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Cirque du Soleil to bring the King of Pop to Taiwan in June

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The circus comes to town this June, bringing along some 40 top hits from late singer Michael Jackson.

Since launching in October 2011, Cirque du Soleil's "Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour" has been on a global tour that has spanned 88 cities. This summer, the troupe visits Japan and Taipei.

"It has been a long run so far, but we are going to do everything we can to bring an opening night quality show to Taipei," said Tara Young, artistic director of Cirque du Soleil.

Young, accompanied by mime artist Mansour Abdessadok, met with Taiwan press on Tuesday to promote the upcoming shows at the Taipei Arena.

The 105-minute act is written and directed by pop director Jamie King. It's more concert than a circus, but there's no mistaking its Cirque touches: the jaw-dropping aerobics, the cutting-edge props and music craft that is technically perfect.

Audiences can expect Jackson chart-toppers like "Dangerous," "Smooth Criminal," "Beat It," "Earth Song," "They Don't Care About Us," "I Just Can't Stop Loving You," "Scream" and "Man in the Mirror."

Even without the King of Pop himself, the hits sing.

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