THRILLER LIVE Opens At Auckland’s The Civic Theater – February 12, 2015

Sources: Scoop.co.nz | Heart of the City| Edited By – All Things Michael

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THRILLER LIVE, a spectacular concert production that celebrates the music of the world’s greatest entertainer,Michael Jackson and the Jackson Five has played in London’s West End six capacity years since 2009, and last month entered the record books as the 20th longest running musical in West End history.

THRILLER LIVE opens at Auckland’s The Civic theatre on 12 February and will run through to 22 February with no possibility of an extension.

THRILLER LIVE is over two hours of non-stop hits from pop to rock, soul to disco in a show that pays homage to Michael Jackson’s legendary live performances and the magic of his 45-year musical history.THRILLER LIVE features stunning choreography and Michael’s innovative dance moves executed with flair, precision and passion in a show that fans will never forget.

Two of the stars on this tour will be MiG Ayesa (We Will Rock You, Annie, Rock Star: INXS, Rock of Ages, Burn The Floor) and Prinnie Stevens (The Voice Australia) who have just performed the roles in the West End, London.

After opening in the Lyric Theatre London in January 2009 to rave reviews, THRILLER LIVE embarked on a world tour and a sell-out UK arena tour, played over 3000 shows globally to 3 million fans, visited over 28 countries, including Germany, Italy, Poland, Denmark, Holland, Belgium, Switzerland, France, Singapore, South Africa, China, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Japan and Brazil and entered the West End record books by becoming the longest running show in the Lyric Theatres 125 year history.

THRILLER LIVE combines high-energy choreography and dancing, eye-popping video footage and a myriad of effects. Plus dazzling costumes, sequins and hot pants, not to mention that signature white suit and glove.

THRILLER LIVE was originally conceived and created by Adrian Grant, a long-time associate of Michael Jackson, and author of Michael Jackson – The Visual Documentary. The Australian tour ofTHRILLER LIVE is produced by Ambassador Theatre Group, The Flying Music Company, BB Promotion and Lunchbox Theatricals in association with Key Concerts and Adelaide Festival Centre.

THRILLER LIVE continues to moonwalk around the world, taking audiences on a visual, audio and electrifying journey through Michael’s illustrious career. This two-hour bonanza of non-stop hits has everyone shimmying in their seats.

Prinnie Stevens is one of Australia’s most sought after performers – an incredible singer, dancer, songwriter and presenter. Prinnie burst on to the scene at 17, performing in the Australian premiere ofRent: The Musical; Leader Of The Pack and Footloose. This was followed by her Helpmann nominated performance in Oh, What A Night! Following a stint in New York Prinnie auditioned for The Voice and made the top 4 in Team Joel. Last year Prinnie appeared on Celebrity Apprentice and joined Universal Music as a Solo Artist and released single “Don’t wake me up”. Earlier this year, she was Co Host onThe Voice Kids and recently released EP “One night” that debuted at #13

THRILLER LIVE contains all of Jackson’s favourite songs including: I Want You Back, ABC, Can You Feel It, Off The Wall, The Way You Make Me Feel, Smooth Criminal, Beat It, Billie Jean, Dirty Diana, Bad, Rock With You, They Don’t care About Us, Dangerous, Heal The World, and Thriller plus many more!

Reviews:

“The Hits just keep on Coming” – Daily Telegraph, London

“This theatrical extravaganza is a breathtaking celebration –
quite literally thrilling” – The Stage, UK

Immensely enjoyable. This is great stuff. A wonderful catalogue of pop music
at its best” – The Independent, London

“If you have a pulse you must go and see this show. It’s the freshest,
funkiest show in town”- Playhouse Pickings, London

“Thriller Live is an astounding tribute to Michael Jackson’s career”
- West End Frame, London

“Dazzlingly well-drilled and brilliantly done” – Mail on Sunday, London

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Venue: The Civic, Auckland
Dates: Wednesday, February 12 to Sunday, February 22,  2015
Times: Tuesday – Friday 7:30 pm, Saturday 2:30 pm & 7:30 pm
and Sunday 1:00 pm & 5:00 pm
Tickets: From $69 (Booking and transaction fees may apply)
Bookings: Ticketmaster 09 970 9700 or ticketmaster.co.nz

 

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Invincible: A Glorious Tribute To Michael Jackson – November 22

Sources: My Strand Capitol | Edited By – All Things Michael

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From the early moments with his brothers in the Jackson 5 to his stratospheric rise as a solo artist to become one of the greatest entertainers of all time, this is the only show that brings back the spirit and the essence of seeing Michael Jackson Live again onstage!

Masterfully performing the unique dancing that Michael was so famous for, two talented performers portray Michael at different stages of his dynamic career in this multi-media spectacular featuring his greatest hits including “Billie Jean,” “Beat It,” “Thriller,” “Smooth Criminal,” and more!

This acclaimed production includes a world-class dance company, Grammy Award-winning vocalists, and master musicians and percussionists. You don’t want to miss this thrilling theatrical experience!

Produced and Directed by Bessie Award winner Darrin Ross of RossLive Entertainment

Group Tickets
Groups of 10 or more get 10% off! Call the Box Office at 717-846-1111 to place group orders.

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2 Kings Show Pays Homage To Michael Jackson And Elvis Presley

Sources: RGJ – By Brandi Schlossberg | All Things Michael

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Bringing together the music and memory of both Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson, “2 Kings” pays tribute to the King of Rock-and-Roll and the King of Pop with live performances of their hit songs, complete with the signature dance moves and clothing.

The show stars George Thomas as Presley and a performer who goes by the pseudonym Scorpio as Jackson, along with five backup dancers and a full band.

“It’s a brilliant concept because people have never seen Elvis and Michael perform together, and with the dancers and live band, it’s a very strong show,” Scorpio said. “People are loving it.”

The show opens with Scorpio’s performance of Jackson through the years. The audience hears songs that range from “Beat It” and “Billie Jean” to “Thriller” and “Smooth Criminal.” Scorpio, who has been a Jackson tribute artist for more than 20 years, not only resembles the star, but also has the voice and dance moves to match.

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“Michael Jackson was a powerful performer. You can’t just get up there and do Michael — you have to have the spirit,” he said. “The singing is fast and hard, and the dancing is fast and hard. You have to be on point with every little thing.”

Along with the vocals and dance moves, those who go to see “2 Kings” also get a chance to watch as Scorpio changes his hair and wardrobe to represent Jackson at various phases in his career.

Following the string of hits from the King of Pop, the second segment of the show shines the spotlight on Thomas, who takes the stage with a booming Presley voice. A long-time fan of the King of Rock-and-Roll, Thomas said he aims to honor his favorite artist with every performance.

“I connect with my own passion for his music, and the way it thrilled me as a kid watching his old videos, and I try to give some of that energy back to the audience and move them the way this music moves me,” Thomas said.

Thomas said he got his start when someone heard him singing “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” and suggested he enter an upcoming Elvis contest. To Thomas’ surprise, he won first place and went on to win a string of similar competitions.

“Singing for me was a hobby, and Elvis music was a passion,” he said. “It never crossed my mind to perform — I just liked to sing the songs and sort of clown around and entertain people here and there.”

Thomas began to move in the direction of becoming a professional tribute artist after receiving a call to perform as Presley on the Joan Rivers Show.

Since that time, he has made a career out of impersonating the King of Rock-and-Roll at an array of entertainment venues and corporate events.

“I prefer the term Elvis tribute artist because Elvis impersonator conjures up images of some of the caricatures out there — guys who mean well, but they look like cartoon versions of Elvis when he wasn’t at his best,” Thomas said. “I don’t like to poke fun at Elvis’ legacy, but to perform the music with respect and honor. I don’t want to be a cheeseball, and that’s why my style is really just trying to capture his essence and portray him in his prime.”

During “2 Kings,” the crowd can see Thomas swinging his hips and singing his way through the King of Rock-and-Roll’s most famous songs, including a performance of “Suspicious Minds” in the iconic white jumpsuit. For the show’s final act, Thomas and Scorpio join together for a duet of “Viva Las Vegas.”

Throughout “2 Kings,” the live band, led by music director Nathan Owens, performs all the music for both tribute artists, as well as several instrumental numbers and famous cover songs, such as James Brown’s “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag.”

The band includes Owens on keys, along with a guitarist, a bassist, a drummer, a horn player and three backup singers. At one point, the backup singers take center stage to showcase their own vocal talents with covers of soul songs such as Aretha Franklin’s “Respect.”

Adding another layer of entertainment to “2 Kings” are the five backup dancers, who perform choreographed numbers during and between most of the songs.

From athletic breakdancing and the zombie dance scene from “Thriller” to poodle skirts for “Blue Suede Shoes” and prison stripes for “Jailhouse Rock,” the dance moves and costume changes serve to enhance the production.

If You Go

What: “2 Kings”

When: 8 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays, through Jan. 10

Where: Harrah’s Reno, Sammy’s Showroom

Cost: $29.50-$40.50

Details: www.harrahsreno.com

 

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The Music of Michael Jackson

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Join guest artist Chester Gregory, conductor Brent Havens and the HSO for an evening filled with fabulous music spanning 40 years of Michael Jackson’s influential and celebrated career.  Get ready to sing and moonwalk along to the hits, from the Jackson 5 to Thriller and beyond, including ABC, I’ll Be There, Beat It, Rock With You, The Way You Make Me Feel, and more.

Saturday, February 28, 2015, Mortensen Hall, 7:30pm

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Chester Gregory, Jr. was born in Gary, Indiana to steel mill worker, Chester Gregory, Sr., and school teacher, Edith Gregory. Growing up in the same hometown as Michael Jackson, greatly inspired “Chess” to become an artist.

Chester’s vocal range and acting prowess afforded him the lead role in Chicago’s Black Ensemble Theatre’s production of The Jackie Wilson Story, for which he received major acclaim. The Jackie Wilson Story culminated at New York’s Apollo Theater and received rave reviews from the New York Times, which reported: “There is essentially one reason – and it’s a very good one – to see The Jackie Wilson Story, and that is the star: Chester Gregory.”

This award-winning role gave him the opportunity to sing for the legendary “King of Pop,” Michael Jackson, in 2003. Jackson gave Chess a standing ovation for his performance that night, and a week later Chester booked his debut Broadway role as Seaweed in the Tony Award Winning musical Hairspray.

Chester’s other credits include principal roles in Tarzan, Cry-Baby, Dreamgirls and Sister Act. After garnering acclaim, Chester produced and starred in a more intimate look into the life of Jackie Wilson in “The Eve of Jackie.” He has received numerous awards including the Joseph Jefferson and NAACP Theatre Award.

Aside from acting, Chester worked on numerous albums and mixtapes before creating a buzz with his June 7, 2008 release, “In Search of High Love.” In 2014 he completed his national tour with Sister Act and is in the studio preparing his latest project, TRIFECTA.

 

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Review: Thriller Live at Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Sources: Birmingham Mail – By Paul Marston| All Things Michael

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They couldn’t have found a better title for this all action celebration of the remarkable Michael Jackson and his family who made such a dynamic impact on the pop scene.

The show is a non-stop blitz covering 45 years of hit after hit, and the lively cast complete the task in just over two hours.

And strangely enough, while much of the concert is about super star Michael, a young lady steals the show. Lead vocalist Samantha Johnson, 25, is a delight with a whole range of songs.

Sporting a glorious mop of hair, she is a bundle of energy and it’s easy to see why the girl from Massachusetts is also known as Samantha The Bomb.

A large audience on opening night really got in the mood as the excellent seven-piece band belted out the big numbers like I’ll Be There, Can You Feel It, Bad, and, of course, Thriller when Sean Christopher takes on the role of Michael Jackson impressively and is joined by a bunch of zombies for that never-to-be-forgotten dance.

Other outstanding contributions come from Wayne Robinson, Alex Buchanan, Tyrone Lee and J. Rome.

The dancers are excellent in an enjoyable show with spectacular lighting effects and colourful costumes.

Directed and choreographed by Gary Lloyd, Thriller Live runs until Saturday, November 15.

 

 

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In The Studio With Michael Jackson Heads To Japan In January 2015

Source: In The Studio With Michael | Edited By – All Things Michael

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On Sept 12, 1987, Michael Jackson launched the “Bad” tour in Tokyo, Japan. Tickets for the first nine shows in Japan sold out in hours (this was before online purchases!), and five more shows were quickly added.

I remember working with Greg, Rory, Chris, Jennifer and Ricky, as we had to restructure some of the new songs for the tour. We would run tapes back and forth from the studio to the band rehearsals in LA, making adjustments to tempo and pitch. I also remember a young background singer who would go onto a very strong solo career by the name of Cheryl Crow.

I did not go with the show to Japan, but it would have been a lot of fun. Bruce and I were back in the studio working on upcoming singles from the project, editing songs for videos, etc. Everyone was busy when Bad was charting and touring.

Before Michael headed out on tour, we talked about any special requests he had. He wanted a portable entertainment system for his hotel rooms, so I designed the monster system shown in the photo. It would roll from hotel to hotel for him, and allow him to watch movies, listen to mixes from the studio, etc. It was sort an 800 pound super-iPad of 1987.

I once asked Michael if he ever got nervous on stage, and he smiled and said, “I never get nervous.” Really? I asked. “Really,” he responded. Hmmm. 450,000 people saw him during the first 14 shows in Japan. That alone would make most people a bit nervous, but not Michael.

On Jan 10, 2015, some 9967 days after Michael first performed in Tokyo, we will launch our first “In The Studio With MJ” seminar series in Japan. Yes, I am excited… and yes, I am a bit nervous. Japan has always intrigued me. The food, the culture, the history, the personality, the attitude, the pace, the size… and of course the beautiful people. Michael used to love Japan, and studio musicians, engineers, etc., who worked in Japan would always come back with amazing stories, electronics, etc. It should be a lot of fun.

We are making our final decisions on studios this week, and we will launch ticket sales this weekend. The first weekend (Jan 10, 11) will be in Tokyo. The following weekend (Jan 17, 18) will be in Osaka. I am very excited to make this trip, and our “Team Japan” is working very hard to make it a success for everyone.

I am also working on a couple little surprises for my Japanese guests, as they have always been such a vital part of Michael’s fan-base.

Thanks in advance for your interest and support in bringing the seminar to Japan, and I very much look forward to meeting everyone.

私はあなたをお待ちしております

www.inthestudiowithmj.com

 

Michael Jackson Tribute Show (Germany) -November 29, 2014

Sources: Woll | Stadthalle AttendornAll Things Michael

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A rousing live show of music and dance – a show in honor of the King of Pop.

Artists from all over Europe – Dancer / Inside, a vertical cloth-acrobat, pole acrobatics, break dancers, a live band, back-up vocals and a live singing Michael Jackson impersonators, present the greatest hits of the King of Pop and The Jackson 5 (The Jacksons) in a 2-hour live concert show.

Relive the feeling of a live concert of the greatest entertainer of all time!

Impressive dance choreography, costumes painstakingly crafted for the show, original sounds, effects and a great light show and a video screen make the show a visual and audible experience.

The MICHAEL JACKSON TRIBUTE SHOW celebrates the unique phenomenon and the legend Michael Jackson. This show makes the biggest hits and the distinctive dance style of the King of Pop once again be experienced.

With a 4-piece live band, 3 vocals, international dancers / indoor and artists and award-winning for his performance Michael Jackson impersonator, the MICHAEL JACKSON TRIBUTE SHOW presents the greatest hits of the King of Pop as “Billie Jean”, “Beat It “,” Thriller “,” Bad “,” Black Or White “or the duet” I Just Can not Stop Loving You “in an impressive live show.

The references of the band and artists speak for themselves and guarantee a captivating show full of emotions hits and musical highlights!

Sascha Pazdera (MJ impersonator) already met the King of Pop himself, is a big fan and booked for over 20 years internationally for TV appearances, interviews, shows, and a variety of events.

The professional dancers / indoor and artists from Ukraine, Russia, Bulgaria, Poland, Italy and Germany are among others involved in international productions and shows like Apassionata, Circus Roncalli, Movie Park, Phantasialand, Hollywood In Concert or the German Showballett Berlin.

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Ticket outlets

Stadthalle Attendorn @8:00PM

  • Community Office Attendorn, Tel 0 27 22/64 -. 100
  • Tourist information on the town hall, Tel 0 27 22/64 -. 140
  • Ticket Hotline: 01 80/50 40 300 (0.14 € / minute landline, € 0.42 from all mobile networks.)
  • or online directly under  www.tickets.attendorn.de

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Review Of Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson One

Sources: The Star.com – By Richard Ouzounian | All Things Michael

Whether you’re watching precision break-dancing, trampoline artistry or jaw-dropping acrobatics, Michael Jackson: One fuses the magic of the star and the circus in a beautiful spectacle.

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If you’d like to know the meaning of the phrase, “the best of both worlds,” then you really ought to check out Michael Jackson: One, the latest Cirque du Soleil show now packing them in at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

Ever since opening Mystere at Treasure Island on Christmas Day, 1993, Cirque has been a major part of the Vegas scene. They currently have eight shows running, all of them with something to recommend them.

But none of them have ever balanced the unique charm of Cirque with the splash and sizzle that is Vegas like Michael Jackson: One.

On the showbiz level, it features state-of-the-art use of holograms and projections that will blow your mind and make you occasionally feel like Michael Jackson himself was back on stage again.

But the genius of Cirque is also there to make sure everything is more than just spectacle, in the form of the unique kind of poetry of movement that the Quebec-based group has always been providing since its earliest shows in 1984.

The mixture of M.J.’s magic and Cirque’s sorcery hits you from the very beginning, with “Beat It” providing the soundtrack for a jaw-dropping display of skill by four bungee-jumping acrobats who serve notice that something special is on display.

The music, by the way, is 100-per-cent Michael Jackson, but it’s been remixed and enhanced by sound designer Jonathan Deans and music director, Kevin Antunes, so that it comes to the audience through speakers embedded in each individual seat. (A strategy that Cirque began with its Beatles tribute, Love.) Live band tracks combine with enhanced versions of the original recordings, but, don’t worry, the only voice you hear is Michael’s!

The set by Francois Séguin is a knockout, a world of constantly moving giant towers that keep redefining the playing area and providing a framework for the never-ending light and video effects.

Like all Cirque shows, this isn’t a strictly plotted entertainment or a mere collection of random acts. In a structural device freely borrowed from The Wizard of Oz (let’s never forget Jackson was The Scarecrow in The Wiz!), a quartet of misfits called Clumsy, Shy, Smarty Pants and Sneaky get sucked by a vortex into the world of Jackson’s life and music.

By the show’s end, the magic of Michael has given each one of them what they need (balance, confidence, grace and style), all qualities Jackson himself possessed in abundance.

But don’t think you’re in for anything heavy or “meaningful!” The brilliance of Jamie King, who wrote and directed the show, is that he lets the artistry of Jackson, himself, guide the evening. Whether you’re watching videos of the man performing, listening to the power of his music, or watching the dances he created and inspired, you will be blown away.

My favourite moments included a masterpiece of precision break-dancing on a thin strip of tape during “Bad,” a heartbreaking recap of Jackson’s famed Charlie Chaplin during “Smile;” a rendition of “Billie Jean,” featuring dancers in illuminated suits (bravo to designer Zaldy Goco throughout); an adrenaline-rush of trampoline artistry during “Thriller,” and a sublime rendition of “How Does It Feel?,” which fills the theatre with snowflakes and reminds us of Jackson’s love for the dreams of childhood.

But, if you’re still hesitating about coming to the show, I would urge you to show up for just one sequence: the “Man-in-the-Mirror” dance, involving a Jackson hologram and the entire company. It’s the moment when the genius of both Cirque du Soleil and Michael Jackson reach out and embrace each other, reminding us of how beautiful and fulfilling an entertainment like this can be.

 

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