Michael Jackson’s “Wonderland” Ranch To Be Auctioned

Sources: Top Ten Real Estate Deals | Concierge Auctions |All Things Michael

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Michael Jackson called it “Wonderland” and his daughter said it was “Candyland.”  This 10-acre compound in a Las Vegas neighborhood of casino owners, entertainers and royalty (Wayne Newton lives nearby and the Sultan of Brunei was once a neighbor) was designed to be a secure and safe haven for a family, a memorable experience for their guests and a place to safely enjoy their  expensive hobbies. This was its appeal to Michael Jackson, who had sights on a Las Vegas residency show and, according to Las Vegas media, had toured the home several times. Jackson was planning on making an offer on the home when he returned from his This Is It London residency show scheduled to run through early 2010.  However, Michael died just three weeks before the start of the tour.

Completed in 1994 for Nevada casino and resort developer Gary Primm, the compound was designed for luxury, but security was Mr Primm’s biggest concern. Primm is a big-game hunter and car collector including the “Bonnie and Clyde Death Car” that he has displayed at several of his casinos. The home was completed soon after Las Vegas casino developer Steve Wynn’s daughter, Kevyn, was kidnapped from the kitchen of their Las Vegas home. Primm was worried about the safety of his two children and designed the home with a 10-foot wall surrounding the property and three gates that can be controlled by the owner, eliminating the need for round-the-clock guards.  Throughout are security tunnels, bulletproof doors, secret rooms with entries disguised as walls or cabinets, and a panic room with an oxygen supply and separate underground phone lines.

The Primm Ranch includes a main estate house with 15,000 square feet, a guest villa, grotto villa, staff quarters, horse trainer quarters, equestrian barn, arena, pens and pastures, a dog villa, grotto pool with spa, waterfall and slide, all surrounded by lush lawns and palms. There is also a garage/car showroom that will house 20 cars with its own gas station for diesel and unleaded fuels, a car wash with deionized water and mechanic’s lift.  With a total living area of over 21,000 square feet, there are 10 bedrooms and 19 baths.  Highlights include a beauty salon, trophy room with recorded animal sounds, driving range, 5,000-bottle wine cellar, theater, casino room, gym and sauna.  The grounds include a greenhouse, outdoor kitchen adjacent to the pool with a bar and guest suite accessed under the waterfall and a tennis court.  Equestrian facilities include stalls for ten horses with training and riding areas.  According to the listing agent, Jackson planned on converting the home’s underground shooting range into a recording studio.

An ideal estate for a high profile family, whether a high roller, top-name entertainer or anyone of means who demands luxury in a secure environment and enjoys living in or often visiting the internationally renowned resort city of Las Vegas.  The largest city in the tax-free haven state of Nevada, also known as “The Entertainment Capital of the World,” it is well-known for its plethora of world-class entertainment, dining, gambling and cultural experiences.

Currently listed at $14.5 million, Primm Ranch, Michael Jackson’s choice for a secure luxury estate with every amenity for raising his children and entertaining guests, will go up for auction on October 10th with no reserve.

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This estate exemplifies classic Las Vegas at its best. Lush grounds and a gorgeous main residence with grandiose amenities conceal that this property was constructed as a fortress that even a Grammy legend found alluring.

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  • 15,000sf main residence with 5 bedrooms, 6 full and 3 half bathrooms
  • 3,000sf guest villa // 1,500sf caretakers quarters
  • 23 interior rooms in the main residence including beauty salon, trophy room with wet bar, three private suites, and multi-floor elevator access
  • Master suite with His-and-Hers bathrooms // Walk-in closets, gym, steam, and sauna
  • Unique security features including underground tunnels, hidden interior passages, and 10ft exterior walls
  • Tax-friendly Nevada // No corporate, personal, inheritance or estate income taxes

Built to Entertain

Whether indoors or outdoors, the entire estate provides a number of fantastic venues and activities for entertaining the few or the many — making The Primm Ranch one of the hottest and most exclusive experiences off the strip.

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  • Gourmet kitchen and separate formal dining room
  • Screening room with a purified air system and 5,000-bottle wine cellar and tasting room
  • Tropical pool and spa with waterslides and a backsplash of caves with majestic waterfalls that conceal a large grotto bar and guest suite
  • Casino game room with a full-sized wet bar, fireplace, pool table, and lounging area
  • Soundproofed, underground shooting range accessed by concealed tunnel
  • Automated golf driving range with three separate teeing spaces

Horse. Power.

Whether your passion is in the form of literal or figurative horsepower, indulge with the property’s state-of-the-art car collector’s paradise and equestrian facilities. These features exemplify the compound’s expansive ability to conform to the most sophisticated hobbyist’s whims.

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  • Horse stables include four indoor stalls, four indoor/outdoor stalls, two pasture stalls and a two-stall wash bay
  • Pastures // 100 x 200 square foot arena // 100sf round pen for lounging, and 500sf trainer’s quarter with one full and one half bath
  • Spectacular 2000sf, 20-car showroom with an underground tunnel to the main residence
  • Deionized-water carwash and power-lifts for on-site vehicle maintenance
  • Two gas stations to support both diesel and unleaded fuel options

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Source: conciergeauctions.com

Sapphire Resorts Group Spotlights The Best Events In Las Vegas This August

Sources: PRWeb | All Things Michael

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Vegas is known as Sin City, but there are plenty of wholesome events offered year-round. The city has no trouble attracting some of the world’s top talent and those wishing to see them perform. Though it’s always a great place to spend leisure time, this August in Las Vegas is shaping up to be one of best times to visit.Sapphire Resorts™ Group is happy to share some of the most exciting reasons to visit Vegas this summer.

1.    Aerosmith at MGM Grand Hotel and Casino
Known as “America’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band,” Aerosmith has been rocking the roof off stadiums for over four decades. These Bad Boys of Boston will be opening the month of August on the 1st at the MGM Grand Garden with a one-night-only performance that is sure to be one to remember. Hear the songs that were written into our cultural consciousness played by the guys who originally performed them.

2.    Ron White at The Mirage Hotel and Casino Resort
A senior member of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour, Ron White may not be for the kids, but he sure is funny. Ron’s style of cigar-smoking, whiskey-drinking comedy is unique and his delivery unmatched. There are several chances to see “Tater Salad” this August in Vegas. He’ll be at the Mirage hotel and casino resort on the 7th, 8th, 21st and the 22nd. Bring a sense of humor and some country sensibilities to have a laughter-filled night to remember.

3.    Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson One at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino
Sapphire Resorts™ Group knows that the late Michael Jackson had a lasting, profound influence on our culture in many ways. Cirque du Soleil pays homage in this synthesis of dance, music, visuals and acrobatics. Hear Jackson’s music as never before in this stunning display of artistry which seemingly summons the spirit of Michael. One is playing throughout the month of August at the Mandalay Bay resort. Read more here

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Administrator’s Note: This show is ongoing and not just for August. MJ One will celebrate Michael’s birthday on August 29th.

SHOW SCHEDULE

Performances

Friday – Tuesday 7:00p.m. & 9:30p.m.
(Only 4:30p.m. & 7:00p.m. performances on July 4, October 4, October 11, October 25, November 1, November 8, November 15, November 22, November 29)

Dark days are Wednesday and Thursday.

Michael Jackson ONE will not perform on the following dates in 2015:

  • August 11
  • October 14 – 22
  • December 15

Added performances in 2015:

  • August 6
  • August 19
  • November 25
  • December 30

 

Michael Jackson Day On Channel RTL 8 And Radio 10 (See Chance To Win A Trip For Two To MJ One)

Sources: Radio NL | RTL 8 – Neverlands| All Things Michael

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Radio 10 is dedicating its June 25 program to the life and music of Michael Jackson who died six years ago this week. Morning host Tim Klijn and special guest dancer Timor Steffens will play the Top 3 Michael Jackson hits greatest hits of all time according to listeners of Radio 10 from 9:00 to 10:00. Steffens was one of the dancers chosen for Jackson’s This Is It tour. Listen here live to Radio 10.

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Not only is Radio 10 dedicated its program to Michael Jackson, but channel RTL 8 has also proclaimed June 25th as “Michael Jackson Day.” On Thursday at 20:30, “Michael Jackson: Life Of An Icon will air on RTL 8. The documentary gives a unique glimpse into the life of Jackson and includes interviews with his mother and fellow artists.

Visit RTL 8 for a chance to win a trip for two to Las Vegas and see the show Michael Jackson One by Cirque du Soleil.

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THE KING OF POP LIVES ON IN ‘MICHAEL JACKSON ONE’

Sources: Las Vegas Magazine – Matt Keleman | All Things Michael

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Before the curtain first lifted on Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson ONE in June 2013, original cast member and acrobat Aleksandr Wade articulated a sentiment that he seemed to imply was shared by his fellow performers: “You’ll probably hear it a thousand times: I’m the little kid that did ‘Thriller’ in his PJs.” And it’s not just the performers who started out as amateur moonwalkers; the creative team that developedMichael Jackson ONE includes people with a history working with or for Jackson himself, most notably writer-director Jamie King.

But while Jackson was an international celebrity, it was his inner world that interested the creators ofMichael Jackson ONE.

In bringing that inner world alive, ONE’s creators employ a cast representing at least 18 countries—six of the principal characters hail from five different continents. The four “misfits” personifying aspects of Michael Jackson’s character are played by Brazilian Gabriel Amaral (Clumsy), Italy’s Jade Xu (Shy), New Zealander Reimy Jones (Smarty Pants) and France’s Xavier Mortimer (Sneaky).

Ngame, the Moon Goddess who floats above the audience on a crescent-shaped celestial body, is played by Valerie Kimani of Kenya, while Wink, the nimble dancer set free from Michael’s Magic Trunk, is portrayed by U.S.-born Trent Jeray Mendoza.

“Beat It” rocks the house through the theater’s surround sound system as 18 dancers in white fedoras re-create iconic Jackson moves. The misfits (and the audience) are pulled into “The Vortex” as time goes haywire and bungee acrobats bounce with the controlled chaos. Once media mash-up machine Mephisto is established as the antagonist, the King of Pop’s four positive actions—hope, comfort, dream, believe—are subsequently manifested through physical, visual and sonic expression.

This inner universe becomes emotionally affecting as the Moon Goddess appears during “Stranger in Moscow,” with Jackson’s chill-inducing “how does it feel” hook taking the show in a melancholy direction. That mood continues when the misfits release Wink—the physical embodiment of a magical song—to a medley of “I’ll Be There,” “Human Nature” and “Never Can Say Goodbye.” There are more poignant moments ahead, such as sequences tailored to “Smile” and “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You.”

But there’s no shortage of excitement either. Shy’s turn fighting off Mephisto with a martial arts staff and wushu expertise during “Jam” spins the stage into action after Wink’s emergence. Add in gravity-defying acrobatics on slacklines and trampolines, stunning sound design, fantastical combinations of choreography and special effects—from the LED-laden “Billie Jean” warriors to an ingenious sequence using silhouettes—and an inspirational sequence by one-legged dancer Jean Sok of France (to “Can You Feel It”), and you have one thriller of a Vegas experience. The King of Pop may be gone, but the magic that made kids around the world dance in their pajamas lives on.

Mandalay Bay 4:30 & 7 p.m. Sun. 7 & 9:30 p.m. Mon.-Tues. & Fri.-Sat., $69-$180 plus tax and fee. 800.745.3000

 

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Michael Jackson One Cirque Du Soleil Show Charms And Has Heart

Sources: Hollywood Life – By Christopher Rogers | All Things Michael

Cirque Du Soleil And The Estate Announce Michael Jackson ONE

Michael Jackson may no longer be with us, but ‘Michael Jackson: ONE,’ a ‘Cirque du Soleil’ artist-driven show in Las Vegas, makes it feel like the music icon is very much alive. It’s a MUST-SEE.

Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson: ONE is like no show I’ve ever seen before. From the moment you walk into the Michael Jackson Theater at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, you become immersed in a magical, but very intense world — one that Michael likely experienced on a day-to-day basis.

Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Michael Jackson: ONE’ In Las Vegas — Why You Must See It

The show opens with performers, dressed in flashy red jackets, walking up and down the aisles and taking invasive paparazzi photos of the guests. Tabloid headlines are also splashed across the walls. It’s during this moment that you realize the show is going to be more than just a tribute — it’s actually going to be fun.

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Running a little less than two hours, the production, which premiered on June 29, 2013, moves from song to song, as projected images of Michael Jackson and scenes from his iconic music videos appear between set-pieces.

Some of the best moments involve acrobats flying past one another on a half dozen trampolines, performers taking on Michael’s toughest moves with precision and ease, and when a MJ hologram appears alongside the dancers. Talk about an emotional punch to the gut!

The show’s storyline revolves around four “misfits” who set out on a journey into Michael Jackson’s world and music. By the end, they each take on a characteristic of the legend himself.

It’s honestly a phenomenal show and even the mildest Michael Jackson fan will find something to love!

Third Annual King Of Pop Birthday Party In Las Vegas August 29

On August 29, Cirque du Soleil is inviting fans to celebrate the birthday of Michael Jackson.  The King of Pop’s third annual birthday party will take place at the Michael Jackson ONE Theatre at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. Tickets are now on sale for the 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. birthday performances Saturday, Aug. 29. Mandalay Bay also has created an exclusive offer for the birthday weekend including room rates starting at $72 and a gift bag. To purchase tickets and to book rooms, visit www.cirquedusoleil.com/mjbday. Guests will be invited to participate in additional birthday activities throughout the day. Details on this year’s events will be confirmed on the website in the coming weeks.

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We’re just months away from the third annual Michael Jackson Birthday Celebration at MJ ONE at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas! As a thank you for joining Michael’s newsletter, look in your inbox this Friday, April 10th for a special offer. Don’t miss it!

Michael Jackson ONE™, the immersive musical experience from The Estate of Michael Jackson and Cirque du Soleil, premiered in June 2013. Michael’s artistry and spirit are expressed through the vibrant energy of the cast of 63 dancers and performers. ONE is a heartfelt tribute to the work, innovative spirit, and legacy of Michael Jackson – the King of Pop, the genius, the visionary, the One. Directed by Jamie King, the show follows the success of Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour, which became the eighth top-grossing music tour of all time, according to Billboard Boxscore.

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Must Read Review Of Michael Jackson One

Sources: The Examiner – By Gaia Best | All Things Michael

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I believe no article or review could actually do this show justice. The reason I say this is that the absolute grandeur and visual/auditory impact has to be experienced, it needs to be seen and heard. The analogy is like someone describing a song. You can repeat the lyrics and tell someone about the song, but it’s not the same as hearing it, for example, Billie Jean or Thriller. Two of the many songs that you will get to experience from the array of Michael Jackson’s brilliant career.

When I tell you that my senses were bombarded throughout the hour and a half, I am expressing bombarded in the sheerest delight of the senses. Michael’s music has always been at the top for me and this performance takes it over the top… Liken it to a buffet of the best of Michael Jackson’s music coupled with Cirque du Soleil style entertainment. It’s the best of both worlds.

It’s surround sound music and entertainment. I was constantly deciding where to put my attention. Both side walls, overhead, and the stage area were providing visual excitement.

The overall show is powerful, and unlike The Beatles Love, where I left feeling a sense of lightness, joy, hugs and kisses, with Michael Jackson’s One, I felt more of a sense of empowerment, and a need to do something meaningful in the world to make a difference. I felt a stirring in my own personal life and creativity. Power and inspiration were the themes for me.

There is really no comparison for me in terms of the other Cirque du Soliel shows and I have seen many of them. They are all well worth attending and have a sense of magic and wonder to them however, for me, Michael Jackson’s One goes three steps further.

The standout number comes towards the end of the performance when Michael has been recreated as a hologram. I trust that you will be seeing the show when you head to Las Vegas, so I want this to remain a surprise for you. I had never seen anything like it and I am still left awe struck by this artistic feat.

I have the highest regard for Michael Jackson’s creativity and artistry and Cirque du Soleil has found a way to bring this magic to life for us in Michael Jackson’s One. This show is Not to be missed.

Some details:

  • Websites for Michael Jackson One: www.cirquedusoliel.com  www.mandalaybay.com (There’s a tab to click on for Michael Jackson ONE.
  • Ticket price range: $69-$160 with limited gold seating that starts @ $180
  • 90 minute show
  • Mandalay Bay Casino & Resort is located @ 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S
  • Ticket Office: 800 745-3000 or 877 632-7400
  • Fri. Sat. Mon. & Tues. 7 PM & 9:30 PM Sun. 4:30 PM & 7 PM
  • Dark Days: Wed. & Thurs.

The Mandalay Bay Website has Lots of details and the web sites have FAQ’s. Be sure and see Michael Jackson ONE next time you visit Las Vegas. I know you will enjoy it and have those memories for years to come.

Mahalo to Michael Jackson for creating timeless, incredible music!

Watch for my interview with Brandi Chun, one of the lead dancers in Michael Jackson ONE coming soon!

 

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The Rock Center for Dance Performs Special Tribute To Michael Jackson At The 6th Annual Toys For Tots Fundraiser In Las Vegas

Sources: Examiner – By Stephen Thorburn| All Things Michael

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The 6th annual benefit concert for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program, sponsored by Cadillac of Las Vegas, was held at The Westgate (formerly LVH – Las Vegas Hotel & Casino ) on Saturday, December 13.

“Our goal is to have every child in Las Vegas wake up on Christmas morning and have a new toy,” said Jonathan Scott, Executive Producer of this concert. “It’s great to have the new Westgate Las Vegas carry on the tradition of this great U.S. Marine Corps benefit concert.”

The theme of this year’s event was Pop! Goes Las Vegas!”. Las Vegas entertainer,Zowie Bowie‘s Chris Phillips and violinist, Lydia Ansel acted as host of the show which featured a lineup of Las Vegas entertainers, with many performing popular music. There was also a special tribute to the late Michael Jackson by the young dancers from The Rock Center for Dance.

David Perrico returned as the Musical Director this year, along with his 12-piece band and Pop Evolution’s Naomi Mauro and Laura Shaffer. Performers included comedians Geechy Guy, Dennis Blair and Paul Scally, singer/dancer Adrian Zmed, British singing sensation Ben Stone and former American Idol finalist Jasmine Trias, sultry singer Nieve Malandra, singer/actress Pia Zadora performing a duet with her daughter Katie, accompanied by Frank Sinatra’s conductor and piano player Vinnie Falcone, BBR with Anne Martinez and Savannah Smith, singer Maren Wade, entertainer Eric Jordan Young performing a tribute to Sammy Davis Jr., American Trilogy’s tribute artists Rob Garrett (Neil Diamond) Justin Shandor (Elvis) and Gary Anthony (Frank Sinatra); singer Rosanna Telford, the cast of Purple Reign: THE Prince Tribute Show at the Westgate, actor/singer/dancer Adrian Zmed, powerhouse vocalist Lyssa Lynn, Kent Foote and the Vegas Good Fellas, an emotional rendition of “God Bless America” by Vegas! The Show star Lorena Peril with the Marine Corps Honor Guard, and a special appearance from rocker Vince Neil, the lead singer of Motley Crue.

The mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted. Proceeds from this concert will go to the Toys for Tots Program.

Tickets to this benefit were $20, or guestd who gave a donation of an unopened toy or stuffed animal valued at $20 or more were given a complimentary ticket. Prior to the 8 p.m show there was a celebrity red carpet at 6 p.m.

 

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