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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Video Dance™ Workshop – Learn The Steps To Michael Jackson’s BAD!

Sources: Austin Monthly | Ballet Austin | All Things Michael

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Learn to dance popular music video choreography during this 4-week Videodance™ workshop. Learn Michael Jackson’s BAD – 4 weeks (with a 5th class for Flash Mob! – No class during Spring Break)

Experience workshopping dance in a fun build-it-from-the-beginning music video dance class. While this is not a dance technique class, Videodance™ focuses on ‘workshopping dance’ and experiencing the fun of putting together music video choreography. Learn the choreography, sing along if you’d like, and dance it out with the crowd! We’ll turn up the music, teach you the moves, and you will have the time of your life!

It’s both dancer-friendly and non-dancer friendly. Everyone welcome! For all ages, sizes, experience levels and genders! Learn the choreography full out or modify the steps as you feel comfortable.

Check out the choreography of BAD and come videodance!

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Feb 24, 2015 to Mar 31, 2015
08:30 PM until 09:30 PM

This event occurs weekly, on Tuesday. (No class on March 17 due to Spring Break)

Cost

$60 for 5 weeks

Location

Ballet Austin
501 W. 3rd St
Austin, TX

Ph. 512 501-8704

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James Delisco To Celebrate Legacy Of Michael Jackson

Sources: CT Now.com – By Michael Hamad | All Things Michael

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Michael Jackson died tragically six years ago. But did he ever really go away?

In 2011, Cirque du Soleil’s “Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour” started circling the globe, offering the specter of MJ’s voice surrounded by live musicians and aerial acrobatics. (An immersive spin-off, “Michael Jackson: One,” took up residence in Las Vegas in 2013.) Every year, Jackson is the subject of several new books, while his music reaches millions daily on FM and satellite radio. Just last year, Jackson’s estate released “Xscape,” a set of previously unheard vocal takes, recontextualized by producers like L.A. Reid, Timbaland and Rodney Jerkins.

Still, we don’t expect to see people moonwalk at the classical concert hall, a space usually reserved for Mahler, Beethoven and the occasionally living composer.

After Jackson’s death, James “Delisco” Beeks (also known as Delisco James), who won the 2005 E! Network reality show “The Entertainer Starring Wayne Newton,” developed “The Music of Michael Jackson” with conductor/arranger Brett Havens. On Saturday, Feb. 28, Delisco and Havens will perform Jackson’s music at The Bushnell in Hartford, backed by the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, a pop-rock rhythm section and supporting vocalists.

The show, Delisco said, consists of 19 hits, spanning Jackson’s career from the Jackson Five to his blockbuster solo albums. In Havens’ arrangements, Delisco thinks you’ll hear new perspectives on Jackson’s music. “It really brings it to a whole different level,” he said. “There are so many different parts to it. For me, it was exciting to hear, and I’m sure it was for audiences too.”

Delisco, a Florida native, first encountered Jackson’s music in ninth grade. “I did ‘Bad’ with my show choir, and I also choreographed the show,” Delisco said. “He was a huge influence on me.”

After winning “The Entertainer,” Delisco earned a million-dollar contract to perform in Las Vegas. He’s also a veteran of shows at Disney World and Universal Studios and on Broadway. For “The Music of Michael Jackson,” he sings, dances and wears MJ-inspired costumes while retaining his own vocal range and phrasing; this isn’t an impersonation, but rather a loving tribute to an artist whose work has influenced generations of fans.

Delisco and Havens perform the show up to 10 times a year. Audiences, Delisco said, always respond enthusiastically, and with no shortage of nostalgia. “People say, ‘You brought me back to a time when I met my first girlfriend,'” Delisco said.

Half of every crowd consists of symphony subscribers, Delisco said. But the other half tends to be the Michael Jackson fanatics, who wear T-shirts, sequined gloves and kinds of MJ gear. They dance in the aisles. “It can be infectious,” Delisco said. “One time in Dallas, this five-year-old kid came down to the front of the stage. He knew all the Michael moves. He stayed there all night.”

Chances are, you’ll hear “Beat It,” “Billie Jean,” “Smooth Criminal,” some “Off the Wall” numbers, and probably “Thriller.” And if you don’t get out of your seat, Delisco might help you with that. (Also: watch for Havens wearing a sequined glove, which he’s been known to do.)

“[Havens] and I came up with the setlist,” Delisco said. “It’s a well-paced show. I have to pace myself to the ballads when I’m huffing and puffing, but it’s a great show.”

HARTFORD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA POPS! SERIES: THE MUSIC OF MICHAEL JACKSON takes place on Saturday, Feb. 28 at Mortensen Hall at The Bushnell in Hartford. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets begin at $20 ($10 for students with ID). Information: hartfordsymphony.org or 860-987-5900.

 

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Make That Change: The Music of Michael Jackson

Sources: MLive  – By Eric Lacy| All Things Michael

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DETROIT, MI — The Mosaic Youth Theatre’s first-ever tribute to Michael Jackson will take next month at The Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts.

The spring concert series called “Make that Change: The Music of Michael Jackson” will have shows on the following dates: 10 a.m. March 6, 8 p.m. March 7 and 4 p.m. March 8.

Mosaic Youth Theatre founder and artistic director Rick Sperling said in a press release the concert is “an amazing opportunity to see the range of talents Mosaic’s young artists possess.”

“Our young artists master challenging traditional choral selections and immediately transition to iconic Michael Jackson songs with full choreography,” Sperling said. “It’s a true showcase of their immense talent, and we are thrilled to present this to the region.”

“Make that Change” will open with a choral rendition of Jackson’s hit song “Human Nature”, and will fuse classical choral selections.

The second act, according to the press release, will be “full-out, Jackson-themed performances” with singing and choreography to hits like “Off the Wall,” “Thriller” and “Beat It.” Each show is expected to have performances of 27 songs.

Tickets for the performances are $24 for general admission and $16 for students and seniors with valid ID. Priority reserved seating is available for $32 per ticket. Children under five are not admitted.

The Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts is located at 350 Madison St. in Detroit. For more information visit musichall.org or mosaicdetroit.org.

 

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Michael Jackson Tribute Show Delayed Due To Illness

Sources: Royston Crow – By Alan Davies | All Things Michael

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A touring tribute show to the music of Michael Jackson scheduled to rock two Hertfordshire venues has been postponed until later in the year.

Jackson Live in Concert was set to take the stage at Watford Colosseum on Thursday, and then Stevenage’s Gordon Craig Theatre on Friday, March 13.

But the show’s Michael Jackson was taken ill during the opening performance of the 2015 tour and needed surgery.

A statement from the show’s promoters said: “Unfortunately Ben, the star of the show, became unwell after his opening performance for the 2015 tour and had to have an operation.

“He is very keen to get his sequinned glove and black fedora hat on as soon as he can and we all wish him a speedy recovery.”

The Watford date has been rearranged for Sunday, May 24, and the Stevenage show will now take place on Sunday, June 21.

Organisers added: “Ben and the team are very sorry for any inconvenience caused and are looking forward to seeing everyone later in the year.”

Tickets for the Stevenage show cost £21.

Tickets for the Watford Colosseum date are £19.50 and £17.50.

 

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Reed Shannon: “I Try To Do My Best To Show Everybody Michael Through Me”

Sources: ABC11.com – By Anthony Wilson | All Things Michael

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Reed Shannon is a friendly 14-year-old who just happens to be one of the stars the Broadway show.

Reed plays three roles in the musical. He plays Motown founder Berry Gordy as a child and he plays the young Stevie Wonder. Also, in a particularly memorable performance, he plays Michael Jackson at the start of his career as lead singer for the Jackson Five.

His family says it’s a real thrill to see Reed on stage. He grew up in Wake County, where his theatrical preparation included training at the North Carolina Theatre Conservatory. His parents were big fans of the Jackson 5 when they were kids.

“The first LP that I bought with my own newspaper throwing money was “ABC,” said Reed’s dad, Keith Shannon. “I could hit the high notes then, not like Reed can hit ‘em, though!”

He sure can, as anyone who has witnessed Reed’s electrifying performance as Michael Jackson will tell you.

At one point in the production, Reed wears the wide-brimmed purple hat, fringed vest, and bell bottom pants the real Michael sported for the group’s first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show.

Reed commented on how it feels for the local audience to react to his performance at DPAC so positively.

“Berry Gordy always says ‘The truth is a hit.’ And so I try to do my best to show everybody Michael through me,” Reed said. “And I guess I did good enough!”

Watch Reed in action and it’s clear that he’s really studied Michael Jackson’s moves. His mother told us he’s was into the music and performances of the Jackson 5 long before he was cast in the musical.

“There were parts of Michael Jackson’s moves that Reed had to learn, and so he would go back and look at that clip,” said his mother, Belinda Shannon.

She’s referring to an iconic black and white video that shows young Michael doing the ‘James Brown’ while singing “I Got The Feeling,” recorded for review by Berry Gordy before he signed the Jackson 5.

The family says it’s great to have him back in town after more than a year on the road with the touring company.

“This is the 13th city that we’re in, in one year,” said his dad. “In Detroit, Reed got to be onstage with Berry Gordy, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder and a lot of the folks who started Motown.”

When complimented on his performance, the humble performer gives credit to his cast mates, including the preteen who shares the roles Reed plays.

“Leon Outlaw, Jr. is his name. He’s 12 years old and he’s from Brooklyn, New York,” Reed explained.

Reed’s playing before sold out crowds at the DPAC on a cold and icy weekend. So, he’s really looking forward to Motown: The Musical’s next stop: Florida.

“Yes, I’m so excited, so excited,” he said with his eyes lighting up. “When we get there on Monday it’s gonna be 83 degrees!”

Motown: The Musical ends on February 22.

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Flash Mob Competition Revives The Spirit Of Michael Jackson

Sources: The Star Online – By Melizarani Selva | All Things Michael

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MICHAEL Jackson’s legacy burns bright in the moonwalking feet of young dancers at the Thriller Live flash mob dance competition.

Paying homage to the late King of Pop, 87 contestants danced in the blistering heat at the outdoor fountain area of Pavilion Kuala Lumpur recently.

Entertaining a growing crowd around them with Jackson’s greatest hits, including Billie Jean and Beat It, the contestants organised themselves into seven groups to vie for cash prizes worth RM10,000.

Judged by celebrity choreographer of 8TV Showdown fame Maple Loo, Spanish celebrity fitness instructor Vidal Gomez and Thai dance instructor Lili Kosin, the performances were judged on their technique and creativity.

“Overall, these young dancers have truly blown us away with their effort and talent.

“They are definitely raising the bar in Malaysia,” said Loo.

Grand prize winner Swagxy, comprising eight members, swept the crowd away with their spectacular coordination and dynamic dance movement using caps, mimicking Jackson’s classic moves, while the first runner-up spot went to group Acts-Treme 10 with the youngest dancer at the age of six and the second runner-up title was awarded to team Souleganz with the oldest dancer at the age of 47.

Swagxy group leader Coery Sik, 30, said the team had only one-and-a-half months of training prior to the competition.

“We completed our full rehearsals yesterday.

“None of the group members had known each other prior to the group’s formation, yet they were truly dedicated to performing together,” said the dance instructor of 10 years.

Impressed by the overwhelming positive response, Milestone Production managing director Grace Lee said the successful flash mob competition was a joyous way of celebrating the legend.

“I am very happy to see the young ones dance along to Michael Jackson’s classic hits.

“It proves that his music is still very much alive in their hearts,” she said, adding that the competition was held in conjunction with the upcoming musical Thriller Live: A Musical Celebration direct from London’s West End.

Thriller Live: A Musical Celebration moonwalks to Malaysia from March 19 to 22 at Putra World Indoor Stadium, Bukit Jalil. Tickets are now available on http://www.ticketcharge.com.my

 

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“Invincible” The Michael Jackson Fan Extravaganza Of The Season

Sources: The Examiner – By Deardra Shuler | All Things Michael

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Michael Jackson’s death on June 25, 2009, sent shock waves throughout the world. “The Man in the Mirror” was “Gone too Soon.” We were grieved and “Sad” and knew there would be no other like Michael Jackson. Unusual, eccentric, exquisite and unbelievably talented, Jackson was an original and shining star. He was the “2000 Watts” that lit up the stage every time he performed. Some claimed he was “2 Bad,” but all agreed he was very, very good. In fact, Michael Jackson was amazing. Any others attempting to step into Mr. Jackson’s footsteps have to prove their worth by making their presentation nothing less than spectacular.

Now, I don’t “Wanna Be Startin Something,” or maybe I do! But I must say the closest I have seen to a duplication of Michael’s onstage performance are the performers in creator, producer, director, and Bessie Award winner, Darrin Ross’s tribute to Michael Jackson, entitled “Invincible: A Glorious Tribute to Michael Jackson.” If you have never “Ben” to the show, you better “Ease on Down the Road”, and “Beat It” to the box office at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, located at 1 Center Street, in Newark, NJ, where tickets for INVINCIBLE: A GLORIOUS TRIBUTE TO MICHAEL JACKSON go on sale, Thursday, February 19th and then are open to public sale on Friday, February 20th.

Each year something new is added, with performances getting better and better. This year promises to be a musical, dance and light-work spectacular. The actual show is to be held at Prudential Hall on June 13, 2015. However, VIP tickets go on pre-sale Thursday, February 19th and on public sale Friday, February 20th due to the enormous popularity of the show. Fans can obtain tickets by calling the NJPAC box office at 888-GO NJPAC (466-5722) or can go on line at www.njpac.org. Purchasers who call the box office for show tickets and VIP tickets should mention the code MJLOVE since only 200 VIP tickets are available. The price for a VIP ticket is $100 and gets you the best seats, as well as an after show meet and greet reception, a personal photo with the artists and an exclusive sixth anniversary INVINCIBLE show poster.

I have witnessed fans getting so wrapped up in the dynamics of the show, they go crazy and “Shout” “We Love You, Michael!!!,” indicating there is no “Xscape” from the excitement of the show which is a real Thriller. The multi-media live performance of this sixth anniversary exclusive is a moving extravaganza…so I suggest you get your tickets soon before they are all gone! In fact, if you enjoyed Michael Jackson’s Immortal World Tour, you will love the Invincible Tribute to Michael Jackson and know you simply “Got to Be There.”

The producers of the show claim “Invincible” is the only show that brings back the spirit and the essence of seeing Michael Jackson Live again onstage. Impersonator Pete Carter is a master dancer who reenacts the unique dances for which Jackson was so famous when alive. In fact, the Invincible show features different talent who portray Michael at different stages of his dynamic career, showcasing the superstar’s greatest hits including “Billie Jean,” “Beat It,” “Thriller,” “Smooth Criminal,” “Man In The Mirror” and “Slave To The Rhythm” via hologram recreation and so much more. This show has the only MJ impersonators in the world who can sing, dance and look hauntingly like Michael Jackson.

After seeing and listening to Live concert performer, Jeffrey Perez sing and Pete Carter dance in “Invincible: A Glorious Tribute to Michael Jackson,” fans have claimed they felt a “Euphoria” as if they were watching the King once again performing live in front of them. The world class dance company enthralls viewers in “Smooth Criminal,” et al, as does the Grammy Award winning, Harlem GospeLive vocalists, Vocal Percussion genius, Anointed S, master musicians and varied percussionists. There will be special guests yet to be revealed, who make this tribute to Michael Jackson nothing short of extraordinary. So, put Saturday, June 13th at 8:00 pm on your calendars and “Come Together” at NJPAC, so you do not miss “Invincible” the Michael Jackson Fan Extravaganza of the Season.

 

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