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Alegria: A Cirque du Soleil Classic

Big news from Cirque du Soleil this week: The French Canadian circus is doing a Michael Jackson show that will open in Montreal in October 2011. And if you hadn't heard, Michael Jackson The Immortal is going to be coming through Houston in February 2012, its only Texas stop. Tickets go on sale tomorrow - more than a year in advance.

The lesson? People love Michael Jackson. And they love the Cirque.

They love the Cirque so much, in fact, that another of its shows, Alegria, which debuted in 1994, can still bring in the crowds. Ten million people have seen Alegria, which stops at Toyota Center next week.

"It's a jewel for the Cirque, and the score is still the highest-selling score for any of the Cirque shows," says artistic director Tim Smith. "The show is classic. It's 16 years old and still lives very well."

And really, who could tire of watching the stunning bodies of the Cirque performers as they contort, fly by on synchronized trapezes, jump Russian bars and weave through flying knives? Not us.

Show runs November 10-14. For tickets, click here.

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