Cirque du Soleil Seeking Applicants For Female Solo Guitarist For Michael Jackson Resident Show In Vegas

Cirque du Soleil presents live shows that combine, in an innovative way, acrobatics, theatre, dance, music and singing. Presented under Big Tops, in theatres or arenas, our 22 shows and original special events are all unique experiences. To learn more about us, visit


Cirque du Soleil and The Estate of Michael Jackson will present a permanent show directed by Jamie King, based on the music and songs of Michael Jackson. The show is set to open in 2013 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.

If you meet the requirements below, please submit your application as soon as possible.


Cirque du Soleil is looking for a charismatic and creative female guitarist. The musician will need to demonstrate excellent improvisation skills in a rock context. The musician will have to take us on a journey through Michael Jackson’s musical universe. The role/character will be built around the selected artist’s personality.

Most of our shows are performed live with original music that was carefully chosen to accompany each act. Our musicians must be prepared to react to the uncertainties of live performance, in order to provide seamless accompaniment for the action on stage.

Character’s traits

•    Female
•    Soloist Electric guitar player
•    Ideally Aboriginal, African-American, African, Indian, Latin or Polynesian heritage
•    Confident, daring, gutsy


•    Strong showmanship and exceptional ease on stage is essential;
•    Extensive musical vocabulary;
•    Excellent abilities in creative improvisations and in shredding;
•    Excellent level of interpretation of rock, and pop music styles;
•    Thorough knowledge of equipment associated with the electric guitar;
•    Ability to create sound effects upon request;
•    Extensive experience in playing with sequences and click tracks (you will be the only live instrumentalist
of the show);
•    Experience with in-ear monitors, a strong asset;
•    Maturity and autonomy;
•    Ability to work in a constantly evolving context and environment;
•    Working knowledge of English.

Submissions instructions   

Please submit your application, including:
•    CV (resume) and picture
•    A video demo including:
o    A one-minute presentation on camera in which you tell us your name, age, general background
and the reasons for your interest in joining Cirque du Soleil;
o    Recent footage of an actual performance or shot during rehearsals also accepted as complementary material.  Please make sure the total length of this footage does not exceed 5 minutes.

or  send your application at:
Cirque du Soleil | MJ Mandalay Bay – Guitar
8400, 2nd Avenue
Montreal, Quebec, H1Z 4M6, Canada



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