Tito Talks About Michael And Thriller Live: “I Miss Him Every Moment Of The Day”

Sources: Today Show | All Things Michael

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It’s more than five years since Michael Jackson died, but the music he and his brothers made lives on in the form of a stage show spectacular.

The late, great king of pop gave his tick of approval for the celebration to be created  – and now after a six year stellar run in London’s West End it’s happening here in Australia.

Entertainment editor Richard Wilkins spoke to original member of the Jackson 5 and the Jacksons, Tito Jackson, about Thriller LIVE and his brother’s legacy.

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“I love my brother, I miss him every moment of the day, if there was anything I could do to have him back I would but life is life if I could bring him back I would, but life is life.

“He had so much more to give the world, I just wish he was here to give it,” he said.

On the musical, Tito said he is proud to have created music with “longevity that lives on into people’s lives, [enjoying us] doing what we love, and that’s entertaining.”

“This is as close as you’re going to get to see what the original Jackson 5 were like with Michael Jackson,” he said.

Check out the tour dates for Thriller LIVE here.

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Discovery Suites Ortigas Pays Tribute To Michael Jackson On New Year’s Eve

Sources: When In Manila | Edited By – All Things Michael

Come and be merry at Discovery Suites Ortigas this New Year’s Eve as it takes you to a trip down to memory lane to honor the King of Pop, Michael Jackson.

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A thrilling party awaits guests this New Year’s Eve at Discovery Suites as it pays tribute to the King of Pop through a festive midnight celebration entitled “Do You Remember the Time?” The evening commences with a superb dinner at 22 Prime as Executive Chef Gerwin Bailon features an exquisite spread featuring foie gras, US Angus Prime Rib and seafood bar as highlights of the sumptuous menu. After the festive dinner, an exciting Countdown party follows at the Columbus Function Room to usher in the New Year. Beloved fans of the pop icon will surely be captivated by the show band Human Race as they perform the greatest hits of Michael Jackson. The countdown will be made even more special with a panoramic view of the Ortigas skyline lit by amazing fireworks. Tickets to the New Year’s Eve dinner and countdown party is at P 2,650 nett per person. Likewise, a special room package inclusive of two tickets to the event is offered starting at P9,200 nett for a Junior Suite.

Date: December 31, 2014

Dinner: 7:00pm, 22 Prime  |  Show: 10:00pm, Columbus, 42nd floor

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To make an online room reservation using this promotion:
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3. Select preferred room type and fill up the required booking details.
4. Select mode of payment.
5. Status of your reservation will be sent via email for your reference.

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New Year’s Eve Party Tribute to Michael Jackson

Sources: Patch.com – By Renee Schiavone | All Things Michael

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Murphy Productions and Famous4 Productions are thrilled to present THE New Year’s Eve Party in Marin at the Mill Valley Community Center with Foreverland, the electrifying 14-piece tribute to Michael Jackson.

Michael Jackson’s music powerfully moves audiences’ hearts and dancing feet.

Foreverland does not attempt to do an impersonation of Michael Jackson, they channel his spirit, musicality, and energy in a manner that has satisfied fans worldwide. They exclusively perform Michael’s material spanning over four decades of pop, soul, R&B, rock and dance hits. Their repertoire includes songs from The Jackson 5, the Jacksons and Michael’s duets. You don’t have to be a Michael Jackson fan to enjoy a Foreverland’s show. But, this incredible band will make you a believer.

Opening for Foreverland is the Reggae Soul band Jethro Jeremiah.

For New Year’s Eve there will be a full bar, big dance floor and a limited number of reserved seats at tables that are sure to sell out early.

Mill Valley based non-profit Ripple Jams will sponsor the bar and benefit from the proceeds. RippleJams mission is to bring a comprehensive and creative music curriculum back to the schools and to promote equality in education through music. Find out more and donate to the cause at: http://www.ripplejams.org/

  • What: New Year’s Eve in Mill Valley
  • Who: Foreverland – 14-piece tribute to Michael Jackson
  • When: Wednesday Dec. 31, doors at 8:00 show at 9:00
  • Where: Mill Valley Community Center 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley CA 94941
  • Why: Welcome 2015 with your friends and neighbors dancing and singing along to the King of Pop’s irresistible music
  • Tickets: $55 General and $70 Reserved at Table
  • Info @ MurphyProductions.com or Famous4: 415-388-2550
  • Band website: http://foreverland.com/

 

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Thriller Live: A Celebration Of MJ’s Works

Sources: The Malaysian Insider – By Quah Su Ann | All Things Michael

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For so many decades, Michael Jackson was a household name for people worldwide — people from all walks of life, cultural backgrounds, ages and beliefs.

“MJ” was synonymous with the rise of MTV and pop music, and the world watched, as the little boy who captured so many hearts with his angelic voice singing “I’ll Be There” in 1970 grew up before their eyes.

Jackson inspired so many; and although a litany of bad press followed him in later years, his music always withstood the test of time. Even now, five years after his death, his records are still being played on the radio, on TV, live stages and in millions of homes around the world.

In 2009, London’s West End created a musical entitled Thriller: A Musical Celebration, which opened to sold out audiences and standing ovations. Intended to pay homage to Jackson’s legendary live performances and the amazing legacy of his 45-year musical history, Thriller Live has since become Lyric Theatre’s longest running musical in the Hammersmith, London venue’s 126-year history.

Five years on, the show has toured over 28 countries which include Germany, Italy, Poland, Denmark, Holland, Belgium, Japan, and Brazil, playing over 5,000 shows globally to three million fans and counting.

The show’s creator, British writer and theatre producer Adrian Grant, was a close associate of Jackson, and had the privilege of visiting Jackson’s home, “Neverland” on several occasions. He recounts — among other things — of always being in awe of the magic that surrounded the house and its grounds.

“Thriller Live doesn’t feature any lookalikes or characters portraying Michael Jackson’s life. Instead, we have an ensemble cast each playing different parts. The show is a celebration of Michael’s musical career. We always get asked if the show has changed at all since his death. The answer is, no. We haven’t had to. This show has always been intended to be a celebration of his life’s work,” Grant explained.

In 2015, for the first time ever, Thriller Live will be visiting Southeast Asia, and the show will be playing in Malaysia from March 19 to 25. The musical features a cast of over 50 performers directly from West End, London, who will be performing some of Jackson’s best-loved hits including: I Want You Back, I’ll Be There, Show You the Way to Go, Can You Feel It, Rock with You, Beat It, Billie Jean, Earth Song, and of course, Thriller.

According to the managing director of Milestones Production, Grace Lee, during a press conference announcing the show, audiences can expect a two-hour experience with an “amalgamation of eye-popping video footages, special effects, dazzling costumes and high energy choreography”.

Expecting up to 80,000 people from around the region to attend, the props used on the set of the show will be shipped here directly from the United Kingdom, so Malaysians can enjoy the musical concert in its most original form.

The show’s choreography was put together by none other than Gary Lloyd, the man who directed and choreographed the award-winning hit, Man in the Mirror. Lloyd has also worked with super stars Leona Lewis and Robbie Williams in his career.

In collaboration with Malaysia Major Events (which is under the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia), Milestone Production is bringing Thriller Live to Malaysian shores so that all of us will have the opportunity to relive the King of Pop’s masterful and everlasting hits packaged into a once-in-a-lifetime West End theatrical production.

Thriller: A Musical Celebration will be playing at the Putra Indoor Stadium in Bukit Jalil. Tickets are priced from RM128 to RM538, and early birds will enjoy a 25% discount for purchases by Jan 12. Tickets can be purchased via http://www.ticketcharge.com.my. For more information on tickets, please call 03-9222 8811, and for information on the show, please visit http://www.milestone-entertainment.com.

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Thriller Live: A Fun Celebration Of Michael Jackson’s Life And Work

Sources: Courier Mail – By  KRISTY SYMONDS| All Things Michael

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LET’S get straight to the point – Michael Jackson tragically died in 2009 and there isn’t a man or woman on earth who could ever replace him.

Thankfully, no performer in Thriller Live is really trying to and the show, which officially opened at Crown Theatre Perth on Friday night, kicking off its debut Australian tour, is simply a fun celebration of the King of Pop’s life and work.

It’s no secret that Michael Jackson fans can be a notoriously tough bunch to please (and with good reason – the man himself set the bar ridiculously high for anyone who dared follow in his footsteps), but, if you can cast aside your expectations on how his work should be done, it’s going to be one heck of a fun night out.

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The opening night audience, who were uncharacteristically willing to let loose, seemed to have no trouble doing so, frequently jumping out of their seats to dance, clap and sing along to the tunes performed by a cast of talented vocalists.

Kicking things off with the delightful pop disco sounds of The Jackson 5, including I Want You Back, ABC, I’ll Be There and Blame it on the Boogie, the high energy production travelled through Jackson’s stellar career in a blaze of colour, sparkling costumes, fast-paced dance moves and tidbits of information.

The singers, which include Australian performers MiG Ayesa and Prinnie Stevens, don’t simply regurgitate copies of Jackson’s songs, but find a balance between putting their own spin on things and drawing on all his signature notes and expressions.

Singer Alex Buchanan’s voice is hauntingly familiar, at times sounding almost spot on to Jackson’s, and is a highlight of the show. Hardcore Jackson fans, take note: while the dance movies certainly echo those of the legendary performer, they’ve been given a fresh new vibe, infused with other styles and some impressive acrobatics. As a fellow super fan, I’ve been lucky enough to have seen both the man himself and his brothers, The Jacksons, perform live in my lifetime (not to mention studying several of his VHS concert tapes with military precision as a child) and it’s fair to say no choreographed routine without him in it could ever be on par. But, the dancers in the show are talented and, while they were enormous fun to watch, they were probably at their best when they weren’t mirroring the Moonwalk or any of Jackson’s actual routines from the likes of Thriller and Beat It.

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Dangerous, Smooth Criminal and Billie Jean were each production highlights, with the latter being a fantastic exception to the rule that any attempt to imitate Jackson will end in disaster. The last handful of songs, including Bad and Black or White, had the audience partying in the aisles and most grinning from ear to ear.

This is not a tribute act but rather a performance by those inspired by Jackson’s work. It’s certainly not what you’d get from watching a Michael Jackson concert or any of his famous video clips but, again, it doesn’t claim to be.

For any true fan, the show will undoubtedly leave you thinking ‘That’s not what Michael would do’ more than once but it’s a solid nod to the man’s inspirational career and a truly fun night out.

* Thriller Live continues until December 21 at Crown Theatre Perth with tickets through Ticketek.

 

 

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BWW Interviews: MOTOWN THE MUSICAL’s Young MJ Leon Outlaw Jr.

Sources: Broadway World | All Things Michael

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Ever wonder what the young actors who play roles in Broadway tours think? Well, Mr. Leon Outlaw Jr. is here to tell you a little about himself in the way only a kid can — straightforward and to the point. At the ripe old age of 12, theatre “vet” Outlaw plays Young Berry Gordy, Young Stevie Wonder and Young Michael Jackson in MOTOWN THE MUSICAL, playing Dec. 16 – 28 at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis. At a very young age, Leon began to sing and dance to the amazement of his parents. Inspired by Michael Jackson and James Brown, Leon made his stage debut at age 9.

Tell our readers about your role in MOTOWN THE MUSICAL and what it’s like to play the younger versions of Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and Berry Gordy.

It is truly an honor playing the roles of these icons. I’m only 12 years old and I get to play my idol Michael Jackson and two living legends. Whenever my act is over I wish there was more for me to do.

Is it more challenging to play an iconic legend? Do you feel more pressure to do them justice on stage?

Yes. Before every show I pray and I say, “Ok MJ, let’s do this!” After the show when fans tell me, “You sound just like Michael Jackson. You made me cry; He would be proud of you.” Then I feel very happy.

What’s your favorite moment and/or song in the show?

I have two; Battle of the stars and when I come out for the Jackson 5 audition. Once the crowd starts to applaud I get pumped up.

What is something that fans who attend the show at Minneapolis’ Orpheum Theatre should watch for that is an “insider’s secret” about the production?

There is a lot going on behind the scenes and a lot of jokes. When I do Lil Stevie Wonder my eyes are really closed under the glasses.

What do you like to tell people that is unique about MOTOWN THE MUSICAL?

What’s unique about Motown is you will be dancing in your seats and you will learn something before you leave; likeMarvin Gaye was Berry Gordy‘s brother in-law.

What’s next for your career? And, what is your dream role that you hope to play in the future?

I’m not sure what God has in store for me but I would love to continue in theater, TV shows, movies and more. I would like to play Berry Gordy/Marvin Gaye.

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Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is the true American dream story of Motown founderBerry Gordy‘s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and so many more.

Featuring more than 40 classic hits such as “My Girl” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” MOTOWN THE MUSICAL tells the story behind the hits as Diana, Smokey, Berry and the whole Motown family fight against the odds to create the soundtrack of change in America. Motown shattered barriers, shaped our lives and made us all move to the same beat.

Showtimes are Dec. 22-28: Monday at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday at 2 and 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. (no evening performance). There are no performances on Wednesday, Dec. 24 or Thursday, Dec. 25 due to the Christmas holiday. Tickets may be purchased in person (no service fees) at the State Theatre Box Office, online at HennepinTheatreTrust.org, by calling 1.800.982.2787 or visiting a Ticketmaster Center.

For more information about MOTOWN THE MUSICAL, please visit www.MotownTheMusical.com.

For more information about tickets to the Broadway on Hennepin Season, please visit HennepinTheatreTrust.org.

 

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Michael Jackson Tribute Show Promises A ‘Thriller’ For Audiences

Sources: WA Today – By Candice Barnes | All Things Michael

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Five years after his death, Michael Jackson can still draw a crowd. While the King of Pop will never grace our shores again, a spectacular tribute show has positioned itself as the next best thing.

Thriller Live opened at Crown Perth on Wednesday, the first stop on an extensive tour of Australia and New Zealand.

The show debuted on London’s West End six years ago and, according to the cast, has the blessing of the late singer’s estate.

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Among the cast are performers from America, the United Kingdom and Australia – including reality television star Prinnie Stevens.

“It’s been three years now. I did The Voice, I did Celebrity Apprentice, I’m co-host on The Voice Kids and now I’m doing this,” she said.

“I feel like it’s my musical theatre background and my pop background coming together and what better artist to do than Michael Jackson?”

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Stevens said her debut with the show came sooner than expected when a performer fell ill at a London show. Fortunately, Stevens was in the crowd.

“Rehearsals were crazy. The cast was already together and I went to London and I learned the show on my own with one other person. Then I basically just got thrown on stage, the first time I watched the show I went on,” she laughed.

“The girl who was on lost her voice about three numbers in. I went backstage and I was saying ‘just give me a sec, I need to figure out what I’m wearing’. But you know what? That’s musical theatre.”

Over two hours, Thriller Live touches on the music and dance routines from Jackson’s 45 year career.

The Way You Make Me Feel, once you see it, you’ll know why it’s my favourite. It’s a lot of fun, just me and the boy dancers,” Stevens said.

“I’m just loving being back on the theatre stage and doing what I do best.”

Stevens said she had been to Perth a number of times to perform with close friend and fellow reality television contestant Mahalia Barnes, but looked forward to delving into some local culture.

“I’m looking forward to enjoying the beaches and there are so many trendy bars and stuff that I’m excited about visiting, getting into the hub of Perth,” she said.

Professionally, Stevens said she would continue to release her own music and would return to our screens for the second season of The Voice Kids.

“I love working with the kids, they’re so amazing,” she said.

“Hopefully, there’s even talk of more musical theatre, pop musical theatre. Watch this space!”

Thriller Live will play at the Crown Theatre until 21 December.

 

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Michael Jackson Tribute Act Brings Show To Crawley

Sources: Crawley News | All Things Michael

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A MICHAEL Jackson tribute act who once performed in LA for the King of Pop himself is moonwalking his way to The Hawth next year.

Robin Parsons has been performing as the pop legend in his show Forever Jackson for seven years.

But it was in his teens that he first started to learn MJ’s dance moves that are famous around the world.

The 35-year-old said: “Ever since I was in my mid to late teens I wanted to learn to dance but I couldn’t afford to go to dance school, so I thought ‘who’s a good dancer?’

“Immediately I thought Michael Jackson so I picked up what was, back then, a couple of VHS tapes, of concerts and videos.

“When everyone had gone to bed I would stand up and pull the curtains back from the patio doors, which would act like a mirror, and I’d do the moves.”

Now not only does Robin perform Michael Jackson’s dance moves, he sings live and mimics his distinctive tones.

Forever Jackson features special effects, backing singers and, of course, some of the world’s best known songs of all time – from the Jackson 5’s Can You Feel It to solo hits such as Billie Jean, Bad, Thriller and Smooth Criminal.

Robin finds it hard to pick his favourite Jackson hit.

“My favourite song to perform changes all the time,” he said. “I love Dirty Diana – I really love enjoy singing that.

“I also love different songs for different reasons. I love doing the Jackson 5 stuff because the crowd go mad.

“When it comes to listening to him I love the unreleased stuff – there’s a song called Cheater that never got an official release but they put it on a big box set and that was really good.”

Although Robin earns a living from the show, which he has taken as far afield as Dubai, India and Mexico, he likes to keep his professional and personal lives separate and resists the temptation to show off his moves in nightclubs or sing Jackson songs on karaoke nights.

Robin spends three hours in make-up to turn him into the King of Pop for each show – even for the rare occasions when he performs just one song – but he says he would never go under the knife to alter his appearance.

He said: “At weddings if a Jackson song comes on, I run and hide. If I’m asked to perform I say to people ‘I don’t get you to work on your day off’.

“But I love my job.”

Robin has even performed as Michael Jackson for Michael Jackson – at a special concert where fans performed the pop star’s songs in LA in 2003.

He described the experience as “surreal” but sadly never got to meet the man himself.

After Michael Jackson died at the age of 50 in 2009 Robin says he was “gobsmacked” and at first couldn’t believe the news.

He also thought it would mean the end for his show, but demand for Forever Jackson increased. In fact, Robin received a booking the day after his death.

Explaining his fascination with the pop legend, Robin said: “He was magic – the moonwalk, all the [body] popping and robotic stuff.

“I think what most people were attracted to first and foremost was the visual side of it – it’s hard not to watch.”

Forever Jackson comes to The Hawth on Wednesday, February 25 at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £20 and can be bought by calling 01293 553636.

 

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