Cirque du Soleil have announced plans to recreate Michael Jackson‘s Neverland Ranch at the Mandalay Bay hotel-casino on the Las Vegas Strip. In a statement yesterday, Cirque du Soleil president Daniel Lamarre said that the hotel will open a large entertainment complex in 2013 that will include a Jackson-themed lounge, interactive memorabilia museum and a theater designed to replicate the singer’s famous home. Lamarre wants the hotel to become a permanent attraction for Jackson fans around the world to celebrate the late pop icon.
This is the latest development in a growing relationship between Cirque du Soleil and the Jackson estate. The French circus troupe is set to launch its $57 million Michael Jackson, the Immortal World Tour in Montreal in October. The tour will include stops in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia and Las Vegas. In addition to Jackson’s well-known hits, the show will feature a few unreleased songs that the singer finished before his death in 2009.