Audiences Flock To See Energetic Student Dance Show

Source: Thame Gazette

9664009Pupils from all year groups took part in a spectacular Dance Through The Decades show at The Grange School. The annual event is so popular, both performances on Thursday and Friday evening were sold out.

Students danced to music from the 60s through to the modern day including songs by Michael Jackson, the Beatles and Pharrell Williams, and wore clothing representative of the eras.

The head teacher’s PA, Mrs Jenny Bell said: “The students were all very enthusiastic and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s a great event for the school.”

Mrs Bell said the show was organised by PE teacher Mrs Michelle Shepherd, with assistance from learning support assistant Keoni Bougouneau, who is a very keen dancer.


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Win Tickets To See The Magic Of Motown

Source: The Northern Scott


The Jackson 5 will be just one of the acts recreated on stage at Aberdeen’s Music Hall by the Magic of Motown’s Reach Out show, a two-hour dip into the Detroit label’s massive back catalogue of No1 and international hits.

THE Magic of Motown’s brand-new 2014 Reach Out Tour will bring 50 years of UK and international No1 hit singles back to vibrant and colourful life when the show visits Aberdeen Music Hall on Thursday, May 8.

Songs like Dancing in the Street, My Girl and Baby Love rocketed Motown to the top of the singles charts in 1964.

“Incredibly, 100 more Motown No1s followed worldwide,” said Magic of Motown producer Michael Taylor.

“The Magic of Motown 2014 Reach Out Tour brings 36 of those chart-toppers to the stage back-to-back in one critically-acclaimed production.

“This year’s show includes more No1 hits than ever before.

“As well as dazzling dance moves and glittering costumes galore, the elusive, authentic sound of Motown is recreated by our incredible Magic of Motown band.

“In their capable hands, we can guarantee that the score will, with a nod to the great Stevie Wonder, be uptight, alright and out of sight!”

The show features classic hits from The Temptations, The Four Tops, The Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Lionel Richie and The Supremes packed into a two-hour spectacular.

THE Banffshire Journal has TWO pairs of tickets for the The Magic of Motown show at Aberdeen Music Hall on Thursday, May 8, to give away.

The first two entries drawn in our exclusive competition will win a pair of tickets each to the show.

To enter, just answer this simple question:

In which American city was the Motown label based?

Send your answer by email to, with ‘Motown Competition’ entered in the subject line, or on a postcard to: Motown Competition, The Banffshire Journal, 22 Old Market Place, Banff, AB45 1GE, before Friday, April 18.

All entries must have a name, address and daytime phone number, and the prizes will go to the first two entries drawn on Monday, April 21.

There is no cash alternative, and normal Banffshire Journal competition rules apply, with the editor’s decision being final.

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Funky Turns 40 – Black Character Revolution: A Retrospective Of 1970′s Saturday Morning Animation Art Featuring Black Characters

Source: DNAinfo – Funky Turns 40

Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution” is an exhibition that celebrates the explosive arrival of positive black characters in children’s animation of the 1970s, including Fat Albert and The Cosby Kids, Valerie Brown in “Josie And the Pussy Cats,” The Jackson Five and Franklin from “Peanuts.”

“These cartoons are national treasures,” exhibition curator Sista ToFunky said. “They were seen by a generation of children and not only changed the way that black kids saw themselves but the way white kids saw them as well.” At Harlem’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Latimer/Edison Gallery, Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

We are bringing our Funky Revolutionary Cartoon Experience to your town!!! Here is our exhibition tour schedule to date:

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MJ’s Autographed Anti-Grativy Patent Will Be On Exhibit At National Archives (DC) Starting March 21

Source: Examiner – By Marsha Dubrow


From Hitler and Hussein to Hancock and Hepburn, signatures and the stories behind them are the focus of an indelible National Archives exhibit opening March 21.

Making Their Mark: Stories Through Signatures” ranges from a real “John Hancock” to an “X” by an itinerant slave, as well as signatures that began lives, changed lives, or ended lives. The documents are accompanied by illustrations, photographs, artifacts, or other items.

The unique exhibit also features signature styles, like a Michelle Obama dress; a Jacqueline Kennedy pillbox hat; an FDR fedora — even Michael Jackson‘s signed patent application for anti-gravity shoes.


This patent for a shoe that allows the “wearer to lean forwardly beyond his center of gravity” was created by pop star Michael Jackson and two other designers so that he could perform one of his signature moves on stage.

Patent #5,255,452, submitted by Michael Jackson, October 26, 1993
National Archives, Records of the Patent and Trademark Office

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Other signatures poignantly capture history:

  • Slave trade: An 1820 ship declaration from the port of Baltimore, signed by ship inspector Charles Robinson, who wrote that those aboard, except for one, “acknowledge themselves to be Slaves for Life.”
  • Great Depression: A Dorothea Lange signed, vintage photograph print shows dozens of men lined up to claim unemployment benefits. “Lange believed that her role as a photographer was to promote political and social change by documenting compelling scenes…” wrote National Archives curator Jennifer N. Johnson, who curated the exhibit.
  • World War Two era: a Jewish tailor’s letter pleads with President Franklin Roosevelt for an escape from Budapest because of “political happenings”. An interned Japanese American’s signed loyalty oath is displayed next to a photograph showing an internment camp. Some 120,000 individuals of Japanese ancestry — 65 percent of whom were American citizens — were sent to internment camps during the war.
  • McCarthy era: Katharine Hepburn, in a 1950 letter appealing for the parole of imprisoned, blacklisted “Hollywood 10″ writer Ring Lardner, risked the destruction of her career. She had worked with Ringgold Wilmer “Ring” Lardner, Jr., on the film “Woman of the Year”. He had won the Best Screenplay Oscar® for it, and she was nominated for Best Actress. A photo of her accompanies the letter.
  • Civil Rights era: Jackie Robinson, in 1958, wrote to President Eisenhower after Ike urged blacks to have patience in their struggle for equal rights. “I respectfully remind you, sir, that we have been the most patient of all people,” Robinson wrote. “17 million Negroes cannot do as you suggest and wait for the hearts of men to change. We want to enjoy now the rights that we feel we are entitled to as Americans.” A photo shows Robinson with President Eisenhower.

Here’s more in a variety of categories:


  • Adolf Hitler‘s marriage proposal to Eva Braun: “Are you willing to take Our Fuehrer Adolf Hitler as your husband”. A day and a half after their marriage, the newlyweds committed suicide together while Russian troops approached Hitler’s bunker. His will and their marriage certificate signature pages are displayed with a photo of him lovingly petting his German shepherd.
  • Saddam Hussein‘s elegant card says “Thank you for your kind greetings”, sent to President George H.W. Bush soon after his inauguration in 1989.
  • John Wilkes Booth‘s ever-so-polite calling card saying, “Don’t wish to disturb you. Are you at home?” Booth left it for Vice President Andrew Johnson hours before the assassin killed President Lincoln.

Famous/taking care of official business

  • Gen. George Washington‘s 1783 letter humbly asks the Continental Congress how he should retire as Commander-in-Chief after the Revolutionary War.
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson‘s 1863 letter of recommendation for Walt Whitman to obtain a government job. Emerson praises Whitman as “a man of strong, original genius, combining, with marked eccentricities, great powers & valuable traits of character & a self-relying large-hearted man, much beloved by his friends; entirely patriotic and benevolent in his theory, talks, & practice.”
  • Duke Ellington‘s registration for the World War One draft, and Julia Child‘s application for the OSS, precursor of the CIA. She was hired, and is believed to have functioned as a spy before winning renown as a chef and TV star.

Signature styles

  • FDR‘s fedora; Gen. Eisenhower’s “Ike” jacket; Jackie Kennedy‘s pillbox hat worn during JFK’s 1960 Presidential campaign…
  • Photos of the “Johnson treatment” — LBJ used his 6′ 4″ stature and Texas country talk “to intimidate, badger, flatter, or plead in order to achieve his political goals,” wrote curator Johnson.
  • Michelle Obama‘s crimson and black Narcisco Rodriguez dress she wore the night Barack Obama was elected America’s first African American President. “I always say that women should wear whatever makes them feel good about themselves. That’s what I always try to do.”

Michelle Obama's dress

Michelle Obama’s dress


  • Truman, Stalin, and Churchill autographed the program for a concert during the Potsdam Conference near the end of World War Two. It was the only time Truman and Stalin would ever meet.
  • The Shah of Iran expressed his “highest esteem” for First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy in the inscription on his 1962 White House speech saying “My people have at all times looked up to the United States.”
  • Los Angeles Lakers shirt signed by the team, including Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and given to President Reagan in 1988. The team had just won their fifth championship of the decade.

Los Angeles Lakers shirt signed by team, including Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and given to President Reagan in 1988. It's in "Making Their Mark: Stories Through Signatures" exhibit Mar. 21-Jan. 5 at the National Archives. Los Angeles Lakers shirt signed by team, 1988. Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, Simi Valley, Calif.

Los Angeles Lakers shirt signed by team, including Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and given to President Reagan in 1988. Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, Simi Valley, Calif.

This magical exhibit is a champion.

For more info: Making Their Mark: Stories Through Signatures“, National Archives,, The Boeing Learning Center and Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery, on the National Mall at Constitution Avenue and 7th Street, Washington, D.C. 202-357-5000. Free. March 21-Jan. 5, 2015.

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Former MJ Publicist John Blanchette Has Died At 68

Source: The Hollywood Reporter


John Blanchette, a veteran Hollywood publicist whose clients included Bob Hope, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jane Fonda and, in sickness and in health, Zsa Zsa Gabor, has died. He was 68.

Blanchette died March 4 at UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica after a brief battle with myelodysplastic syndrome, a form of leukemia, the Santa Monica Mirror reported.

Blanchette served as Gabor’s publicist for some 30 years. In 2011, he kept the media informed when the socialite was rushed to the hospital with high-blood pressure after she learned of the death of Elizabeth Taylor, her friend and neighbor. Later that year and in 2012, she broke her hip in a fall, had hip replacement surgery and had her right leg amputated. Gabor turned 97 on Feb. 6.

Blanchette also was known for creating major media events for the Hollywood Wax Museum. He once convinced authorities to rope off Hollywood Boulevard so that the Rockettes could set a world record for the longest kick line.

He also prompted headlines in 1997 when, shortly after Mike Tyson bit the ear of Evander Holyfield during a prizefight, the museum moved a wax figure of the boxer from its Sports Hall of Fame exhibit into its Chamber of Horrors, right next to Hannibal Lecter.

Blanchette’s clients also included Cary Grant, Zsa Zsa’s sister Eva Gabor, Debbie Reynolds, James Earl Jones, Shirley MacLaine, David Hasselhoff, Delta Burke and Gerald McRaney, Valerie Harper, Michael Jackson, Hugh Hefner, Josh Hartnett, Doris Roberts, Ned Beatty, Bryan Cranston, Halle Berry, Charles Porter and figure skaters Randy Gardner and Tai Babilonia.

He represented the Caucus for Producers, Writers and Directors and the Sci-Fi Awards and helped promote such films as Il Postino (1994), Shine (1996), L.A. Confidential (1997), Halloween H2O (1998), Argo (2012) and Behind the Candelabra (2013).

Based in Santa Monica, Blanchette also had a career as a travel writer.

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Thriller Flashmob To Hit The Square In Stratford

Source: Newhamrecorder – By Anna Silverman


Anyone who gets a thrill out of Michael Jackson’s music should head down to the Stratford East Picture house on Friday.

If you Remember the Time you tried to re-enact his iconic dance, now it’s time to watch others have a go.

To commemorate 30 years since the ground-breaking video Thriller, Birkbeck and The New Black Film Collective presents a weekend of film, culture and entertainment through Hollywood horror.

The weekend includes film-screenings, a fashion show and a recital of the King of pop’s thrilling routine.

The ‘flash mob’ performing the dance will take to the stage at 17.30 on Friday.

To book tickets, call Stratford Picturehouse on 0871 902 5740 or go to

Limited passes are available for the whole weekend and are priced at £20.


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LadySmith Black Mambazo Still Spreads Message

Source: Colorado Daily - By Jeannie Lancaster


It has been nearly 50 years since Joseph Shabalala, a farm boy-turned-factory worker, formed the a cappella vocal group Ladysmith Black Mambazo in his hometown of Ladysmith, South Africa. The group’s beautiful tenor/alto/bass harmonies have shared a message of peace and hope on more than 50 recordings through the years, with a strong focus on preserving the musical heritage of their land.

The group, which will perform Sunday at the Boulder Theater and Wednesday at the Lincoln Center in Fort Collins, borrows heavily from isicathamiya, traditional music that developed in the mines of South Africa. Working in difficult conditions, the mine workers would entertain themselves on Sunday, their only free day, by singing songs. When they returned home, the musical tradition returned with them.

Ladysmith is well-known for recording with Paul Simon on his “Graceland” album, but the group also has worked with Stevie Wonder, Dolly Parton, Sarah McLachlan, Josh Groban, Michael Jackson and Emmylou Harris, among others. Ladysmith’s music has been part of numerous movies, on Broadway and in an Academy Award-nominated documentary focusing on its work.

“When you are performing with somebody, every recording session has its own feeling,” said Albert Mazibuko, who has been with Ladysmith Black Mambazo since 1969. “Everyone is different. We’ve enjoyed working with all the people we have worked with.”

Mazibuko remembers one performance that stands out above others — performing for Nelson Mandela during the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize ceremonies in Oslo, Norway.

“We were honored that they allowed us to perform at the ceremony. Mandela had wanted us to perform for them, but no sound system was available. We had to perform using only our voices.”

Being part of Ladysmith changed Mazibuko’s life.

“I found a purpose,” he said, “something that I could live for, dedicate myself to — something I enjoy doing day and night.”

The group recently won its fourth Grammy for its Mandela-dedicated recording, “Live: Singing For Peace Around The World.” The album won for Best World Music CD in 2013.

In Boulder and Fort Collins, Ladysmith will be performing many favorites, along with selections from its latest recording “Always with Us,” a tribute to Shabalala’s wife, Nellie, who died in 2002.

(Lulis Leal / Special to A&E Spotlight)

(Lulis Leal / Special to A&E Spotlight)

“She has been the mother of the group,” Mazibuko said.

The recording uses excerpts of Nellie singing with her church choir, recorded the year before her death. Her voice blended with the rich harmonies of the group’s voices. It is the first album in the band’s 40-year history of recording to feature female Zulu vocalists singing traditional songs.

After 50 years, what lies ahead for Ladysmith Black Mambazo?

“The group will continue even after us, because we have a new generation,” Mazibuko said. “Joseph’s sons (who sing with the group) are so talented, they have more energy. This year we were joined by Joseph’s grandson, Babuyile. It shows us that Mambazo will be around many more years.”

As Albert Mazibuko quietly sang a small portion of a well-loved song over the phone, the beauty of the South African music and its hard-won heritage resonated with this listener and showed the upcoming concerts likely will be a special musical experience. 

If You Go

What: Ladysmith Black Mambazo

When/where: 8 p.m. Sunday, March 9, at Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St., Boulder; 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, at Lincoln Center, 417 W. Magnolia St., Fort Collins

Tickets: $25-$40 at Boulder Theater; $28-30 at Lincoln Center

Info: 303-786-7030 or for Boulder show; 970-221-6730 or for Fort Collins show


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Billie Jean To Be Featured In Digital Arts Show In Huntsville

Source: – By Steve Doyle


HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – Saturday night’s inaugural Light + Innovation + Technology event in downtown Huntsville is being billed as a “digital art show.”

What does that mean?

This short video gives a sneak peek at what you can expect from the free event on the historic Courthouse Square. Students from UAH’s College of Liberal Arts have created a colorful laser and LED light show timed to music, including the Michael Jackson classic, “Billie Jean.” The pulsing, swirling lights will be broadcast on the exterior of the nine-story Central Bank building and several other spots around the Square.

The light show is scheduled for 7-10 p.m., overlapping with the hours of the Quigley arts and entertainment district. There will also be a DJ on hand spinning music, plus glow sticks and LED hula hoops for the crowd.


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Book: SOUL TRAIN The Music, Dance And Style of A Generation – By Questlove

Source: Soul Train (Forward by Gladys Knight/ Preface By Nick Cannon)


From Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson of the award-winning hip-hop group the Roots, come this vibrant book commemorating the legacy of Soul Train – the cultural phenonmon that launched the careers of such artists as Tina Turner, Stevie Wonder, the Jackson 5, Whitney Houston, Lenny Kravitz, LL Cool J and Aretha Franklin.




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Questlove reveals the remarkable story of the captivating program and his text is paired with more than 350 photographs of the show’s most memorable episodes and the larger-than-life characters who defined it: the great host Don Cornelius, the extraordinary musicians, and the people who lived the phenomenon from the stage, dance floor and behind the scenes.


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Iesher Haughton Performs Michael Jackson’s “Who’s Loving You” On “The Voice” UK (Video)

Sources: Daily Mail – Marc Andrews /Reality TV – By  Ricky Yaneza


Iesher Haughton sang “Who’s Loving You” on The Voice UK Series 3 Blind Auditions. She’s 19 and works in the cinema.

Her family told her that if she didn’t sign up for the show herself, then her family would do it for her.

“She’s my little Beyonce,” Iesher’s proud mum declared.

Singing Who’s Loving You, which has been sung by Michael Jackson among others, Iesher proved to have a huge soulful voice

Within five seconds she had turning around, closely followed by Ricky, then Tom and finally Kylie before she finished her classy rendition of the tune in tears. The audience also gave her a standing ovation.

Tom told her ‘That sounded great. I loved your phrasing and the whole thing. I’d love to have you on my team’ Ricky then cut in to say ‘it was so good – you are just at the start of something incredible. I would like you on the team. I want to win this and you probably will win this.’

‘You can sing anything and I love your Whitney Houston vibe – if you wanna dance with Team Kylie then come with me,’ Kylie said, before Will pointed out, ‘I have a cousin Iesher. She doesn’t sing the way you sing. With the first note I didn’t waste any time. I want you on my team it would be dope.’

‘I was waiting for you to say that,’ Iesher replied before making the hard decision of which judge to go with. ‘I’m going to go with will.’

‘That’s a good match,’ Kylie said, ‘You guys are going to be great together.’

Lilach Chen Lets Her Fingers Do The Moonwalking

Source: Times of Israel – By Reee Ghert – Zand

The mother of virally popular fingerbreaking videos invented her signature hand breakdancing as a lark one day in Holon.


Lilach Chen lets her fingers do the walking…and the dancing, too. Shod in miniature comfy crocheted slippers and tiny Adidas trainers, they bust some amazing moves in videos watched by million of YouTube viewers.

Chen, who lives in Holon, Israel, is the founder and biggest star of a new dance form called “fingerbreaking,” which is essentially breakdancing done only with the hands with two shod fingers as the feet. To Chen’s amazement, something she invented on a lark a decade ago, has gained global popularity.

“I actually call it ‘fingers breakdance,’” says Chen, who prefers a less violent name for her talent, in an interview with The Times of Israel.

Red Bull, the Austrian energy drink brand, coined fingerbreaking (a term unfortunately reminiscent of loan shark tactics) when it sponsored the first international fingerbreaking tournament in November 2013. Chen, 26, was asked to help organize the event, which was an add-on to the 10th annual Red Bull BC One breakdancing championship that took place in Seoul, South Korea.

It’s a sign that world-class breakdancers are giving fingerbreaking some respect.

“I feel bboying and bgirling [male and female breakdancing] is all about creativity and originality, so to me doing it with your fingers is just an evolution of the ideas which the culture was built on,” Jewish competitive break-dancer Michael Prosserman (aka Bboy Piecez) tells The Times of Israel.

“I mean it’s clearly not the same as the true dance, but I think it’s fun to watch the extra creativity you need to make it work,” says Prosserman.

Since fingerbreaking was still relatively unknown before the 2013 Red Bull tournament, Chen and a French champion Bboy named Lilou (legal name: Ali Ramdani) provided video tutorials on how to perform key tricks.

Chen and Lilou chose eight finalists who submitted video entries from 10 regions around the world. The final stages of the competition were carried out in one-on-one online battles until the winner from each region was invited to Seoul to watch the finals of the main breakdancing competition in-person.

Back in 2004, Chen had no idea that she would be starting a worldwide trend when she posted a video her sister Adi made of her trying out a breakdance routine with her fingers.

“I was at home doing nothing and started thinking about a dance routine and tried the moves with my fingers,” recalls Chen, who became a Bgirl at age 15. “I saw that I could do quite of few of the moves, so I asked my sister to film it.”

This was back before the advent of YouTube, so the sisters just showed the video to a few friends. A year later, they uploaded it to the then-new video-sharing site, and it went viral.

In the past ten years, Chen, who no longer breakdances, has made some twenty fingerbreaking videos. Her ability to make her fingers do moonwalks (think Michael Jackson) and windmills (the breakdance move where a person’s upper body spins on the ground while their limbs are in the air) to a hip-hop beat are legendary in fingerbreaking circles.

While she hasn’t given up her day job as an editor of wedding and bar mitzvah videos, Chen has developed a second career in advertising. Her slender dancing fingers have been hired to sell everything from mobile phones to chocolate to wristwatches.

“I usually travel a couple of times a year to go shoot commercials,” Chen notes. “I’ve been to countries like Turkey, Norway, England and India.”

All the travel and public appearances are an impressive accomplishment for Chen, who suffers from social anxiety and shyness. She was diagnosed with and began treatment for the condition only at age 21. Now, she works as a group facilitator at a non-profit organization helping teens overcome social phobias and anxiety.

“Flying abroad was very hard,” Chen admits. “But it has gotten easier and I have become more communicative.”

Chen’s digital moves have inspired young people (mainly male university students) from places like Singapore, Italy, Croatia, Georgia and China to try their hand at fingerbreaking.

“I found the competitors to be really creative in the Red Bull tournament,” Chen says.

Lilach Chen was a breakdancer before inventing fingerbreaking. (courtesy)

Lilach Chen was a breakdancer before inventing fingerbreaking. (courtesy)


In judging the competition, Chen was looking for how many moves a dancer used during their two-minute routines, as well as the level of difficulty of the tricks. She was also watching for whether fingers were keeping rhythm with the music, and for how much creativity a competitor could generate using the diminutive background set and tiny shoes provided by Red Bull.

Chen’s own dancing fingers are often recognized solely on the basis of the signature miniature red-striped Adidas running shoes at their tips.

“Those shoes are my thing,” Chen says. “I got my first pair from a keychain my sister got in an Adidas store in Germany in 2007. I lost that first pair, and then others I got after that. I keep going to eBay for replacements.”

Red Bull copied her preferred shoe style, producing a knock-off for the breakdancing tournament competitors to use.

As strongly as Chen is now associated with her signature sneakers, finger footwear played no part in her initial success.

“I had nothing on my fingers in my first videos. I didn’t even think about adding any costumes or scenery at first,” she says.

As fingerbreaking has evolved, sporting the right look has become just as important as it is on the full-body breakdancing scene. Chen warns, however, that handsome decoration is useless unless a person’s digits can actually walk the fingerbreaking walk.

“You’ve got to make it like the real breakdancing. It’s got to look like a tiny person,” Chen insists.

“It’s not hard for me to do that, but it can be hard for others. Your hands need to be flexible and be able to move to the beat.”

Chen thinks the fact that she played piano for ten years has probably helped her. She didn’t grow up to become a professional musician, but her fingerbreaking stardom proves that all those years of lessons paid.

The Museum of the Moving Image’s “See It Big” Series Will Focus Movie Musicals, The Wiz, Showboat, Cabaret And More

Source: Broadway World

The Museum of the Moving Image’s popular series See It Big! will turn its focus to the movie musical with a fourteen-film celebration of the genre, from today, January 24 through February 28, 2014. Musicals are, by their very nature, filled with spectacle. They are heightened forms of storytelling, in which the narrative is amplified by song and dance, where characters express their innermost feelings in the most extravagant ways imaginable. It is a genre that celebrates excess and stylization, and the best examples of the form can only be truly enjoyed… big!

Among the titles are two of the first films produced at the rejuvenated Astoria studio-across the street from the Museum-in the 1970s: Series opener All That Jazz (1979) is choreographer and director Bob Fosse’s largely autobiographical tour de force featuring a lithe and passionate Roy Scheider as Fosse’s alter ego (January 24); The Wiz (1978), directed by Sidney Lumet, reimagines The Wizard of Oz in a gritty urban fantasy land and stars Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, and Nipsey Russell (February 7). Production materials from The Wiz are currently on view at the Museum in Lights, Camera, Astoria!, an exhibition exploring the history of the Astoria studio (on view through February 9), and also in the core exhibition Behind the Screen.

Two other 1970s musicals also feature in the series. Cabaret (1972), another acclaimed Bob Fosse picture, starring Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey, won all three of them Academy Awards, and features John Kander and Fred Ebb’s rousing show tunes for a tale set in Berlin on the eve of Hitler’s rise to power (February 21). New York, New York (1977), also starring Liza Minnelli with Robert De Niro, is Martin Scorsese’s dramatically powerful ode to classic MGM musicals and 1940s jazz; the title song, written for Minnelli by Kander and Ebb, was the film’s grand finale and, became arguably the most beloved song about New York City (February 28).

Another highlight of the series is Herbert Ross’s Pennies from Heaven, the 1981 film starring Steve Martin as a sheet-music salesman and Bernadette Peters as his lover in Depression-era Chicago, presented in a restored 35mm print from the Academy Archive. This movie musical adaptation of Dennis Potter’s serial television drama, beautifully photographed by the great Gordon Willis, contrasts the somberness of the era with tantalizing fantasy sequences; Christopher Walken as Tom the Pimp shines in a tap-dancing, striptease number.

A trio of 1930s musicals in the series are Love Me Tonight (1932), starring Maurice chevalier (who will be featured on the same day in Gigi), directed by the innovative Rouben Mamoulian (January 26); Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933), featuring the dazzling choreography of Busby Berkeley (February 2); and Show Boat (1936), James Whale’s adaptation of the Jerome Kern-Oscar Hammerstein musical, starring Irene Dunne, Paul Robeson, Hattie McDaniel, Helen Morgan, and Allan Jones in this American saga set on a Mississippi River Boat-a rare 1930s film that depicted racism head-on (February 23) .

Among the classic movie musicals in the series are Vincente Minnelli’s Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) (February 2) and George Cukor’s A Star Is Born (1954) (January 31), both starring Judy Garland at her heartbreaking best; The Sound of Music (1965), Robert Wise’s adaptation of the Rodgers and Hammerstein Broadway show, starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer (January 25). The series also includes two more Vincente Minnelli musicals, both set in Paris and starring Leslie Caron-and major Oscar winners: Gigi (1958), about a young girl’s coming-of-age (January 26), and An American in Paris (1951), with Gene Kelly as a down-and-out American artist, set to an all-Gershwin score (February 22). Another rarity in the program is The Pajama Game (1957), a Doris Day musical, directed by Stanley Donen, and featuring dazzling and instantly recognizable choreography by a young Bob Fosse (February 22).

Tickets for screenings are included with paid Museum admission ($12 adults / $9 seniors and students / $6 children 3-12) and free for Museum members. Museum members may reserve tickets in advance. For information about Membership and to join, visit

All screenings take place in the Sumner M. Redstone Theater or the Bartos Screening Room at Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Avenue in Astoria. Screenings are included with Museum admission and free for Museum members unless otherwise noted.

All That Jazz
Dir. Bob Fosse. 1979, 123 mins. New DCP restoration. With Roy Scheider, Ann Reinking, Ben Vereen. Fosse’s dazzling, partly autobiographical, partly fantastical musical, largely filmed at the Astoria studio, is an interiorized epic, starring a never-better Scheider as Fosse’s alter ego, Joe Gideon, a boozy, pill-addled choreographer negotiating a love life and a career. The footwork is as astonishing as the self-critique. It is an enveloping sensory experience, brilliantly shot and edited.

The Sound of Music
Dir. Robert Wise. 1965, 174 mins. DCP. With Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker. At the time of its release the most financially successful film ever made after Gone with the Wind, Wise’s spectacular adaptation of the Rodgers and Hammerstein Broadway show is one of cinema’s greatest musical extravaganzas. Julie Andrews gives an iconic performance as a novice nun whose life changes when sent to care for the bratty children of a handsome military captain (Plummer) on the heels of World War II. The Sound of Music bursts with unforgettable songs and glorious CinemaScope images shot on location in Salzburg, Austria.

Love Me Tonight
Dir. Rouben Mamoulian. 1932, 104 mins. 35mm. With Maurice chevalier, Jeanette MacDonald, Charles Ruggles. From its opening sequence, with the camera floating over the rooftops and through the streets of Paris (Paris, Hollywood, that is), Love Me Tonight, with Maurice chevalier as a jovial tailor who tries to collect on a bill from a Count-and falls in love with a princess-was the first truly modern movie musical. The Rodgers and Hart songs (including “Mimi” and “Isn’t It Romantic”) are perfectly integrated into the narrative, and Mamoulian showed how to turn a theatrical form into a cinematic experience.

Dir. Vincente Minnelli. 1958, 115 mins. 35mm. With Leslie Caron, Louis Jourdan, Maurice chevalier. The CinemaScope frame is crammed with exquisite detail in this thrillingly visualized musical about a young girl’s coming-of-age in wealthy turn-of-the-century Paris. The winner of nine Oscars (a record at the time), including Best Picture, Director, Cinematography, Art Direction, Costume Design, Song, and Score, Gigi is a triumph on every level, like a Toulouse-Lautrec painting sprung to giddy life.

A Star Is Born
Dir. George Cukor. 1954, 176 mins. 35mm. With Judy Garland, James Mason, Charles Bickford. The ultimate Judy Garland vehicle, this is the quintessential Hollywood tale of lost love and found fame. As a movie star on the rise, Garland is magnificent, both triumphant and tremulous, and Mason is her poignant equal as her husband and mentor Norman Maine, an alcoholic actor on his way down the ladder of success. Garland’s rendition of “The Man That Got Away” is one of the highlights of 1950s musicals.

Meet Me in St. Louis
Dir. Vincente Minnelli. 1944, 113 mins. Restored 35mm print. With Judy Garland, Margaret O’Brien. In this bittersweet turn-of-the-century musical, a family contends with life, love, and an impending move from St. Louis to New York City. In his first color film, Vincente Minnelli deftly organizes the Technicolor palette around Judy Garland, moving seamlessly between story and song-and what songs they are, including “The Trolley Song,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” and “The Boy Next Door.”

Gold Diggers of 1933
Dir. Mervyn LeRoy. 1933, 96 mins. 35mm. With Joan Blondell, Warren William, Ruby Keeler, Ginger Rogers, Dick Powell. The ideal Busby Berkeley film: the super-choreographer created some of the most eye-popping, elaborate musical showstoppers ever filmed for this fluffy entertainment about four aspiring actresses trying to make it during the Great Depression. Numbers such as “Remember My Forgotten Man” and “Pettin’ in the Park” are high points of early Hollywood, examples of cinematic ingenuity that have not been bettered to this day. And Ginger Rogers sets the escapist tone in the opening number, “We’re in the Money.”

Pennies from Heaven
Dir. Herbert Ross. 1981, 108 mins. Restored 35mm print from the Academy Film Archive. With Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters, Christopher Walken. Herbert Ross’s delicate and brilliantly conceived adaptation of Dennis Potter’s television serial drama stars a moving Martin as a sheet-music salesman during the Great Depression. For him and the schoolteacher he loves, played by Peters, music provides an escape from a dreary reality, however briefly. Endlessly moving, with spectacular dancing (including a number by the great hoofer Christopher Walken) and lip-synched period songs, all captured in exquisite Edward Hopper-esque images by master cinematographer Gordon Willis.

The Wiz
Dir. Sidney Lumet. 1978, 134 mins. 35mm. With Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell, Lena Horne, Richard Pryor. A Harlem school teacher is transported to the land of Oz in this lavish screen adaptation of the hit Broadway musical. At the time the most expensive production filmed in New York City, The Wiz helped revive the Astoria studio. A Motown co-production, the musical features songs by Luther Vandross and Ashford & Simpson, and a superstar cast headed by Diana Ross and Michael Jackson.

Dir. Bob Fosse. 1972, 124 mins. New DCP restoration. With Liza Minnelli, Joel Grey. Fosse rightly won the Oscar for Best Director for his shattering musical set in Berlin on the eve of Hitler’s rise to power. Minnelli and Grey also scored Oscars for their unforgettable performances as, respectively, Sally Bowles, a vivacious but damaged American singer selling her soul in a seedy nightclub, and the devilish emcee who presides over it. A devastating, delirious movie experience, featuring John Kander and Fred Ebb’s rousing show tunes and Geoffrey Unsworth’s gloriously ragged photography.

An American in Paris
Dir. Vincente Minnelli. 1951, 113 mins. 35mm. With Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant. Minnelli’s breathtaking Best Picture winner stars the ever-captivating Kelly as a painter struggling to make ends meet in the city of light. With a thrilling all-Gershwin score and a spectacularly designed, climactic dream ballet sequence shot by the brilliant cinematographer John Alton, An American in Paris is pure cinematic bliss and a musical movie landmark filled with such Gershwin gems as “I Got Rhythm,” “‘S Wonderful,” “Our Love Is Here to Stay” and “I’ll Build a Stairway to Paradise.”

The Pajama Game
Dir. Stanley Donen, George Abbott. 1957, 101 mins. 16mm. With Doris Day, John Raitt, Carol Haney. Can management (John Raitt) and labor (Doris Day) co-exist at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory in Cedar Rapids, Iowa? Perhaps the most scintillating entertainment about unionization ever made, this high-powered musical features typically energetic direction by Stanley Donen, dazzling and instantly recognizable choreography by a young Bob Fosse, songs like “Hernando’s Hideaway” and “Steam Heat,” and Doris Day at her best.

Show Boat
Dir. James Whale. 1936, 113 mins. 35mm. With Irene Dunne, Paul Robeson, Allan Jones, Helen Morgan, Hattie McDaniel. A great American saga, Show Boat follows the lives of the performers and workers on The Cotton Blossom, a Mississippi River showboat, over 40 years. Expressively adapted for the screen by James Whale, this Jerome Kern-Oscar Hammerstein musical was considered radical at the time for its serious treatment of race. Paul Robeson’s “Ol’ Man River” is the most famous of its many great musical numbers.

New York, New York
Dir. Martin Scorsese. 1977, 164 mins. 35mm. With Robert De Niro, Liza Minnelli. Scorsese’s ode to classic MGM musicals and 1940s jazz marked a departure of sorts for him, combining his gritty hard-boiled realism (he had just made Taxi Driver) with a celebration of the surreal artificiality of Hollywood. Minnelli belts out the now-classic title song in a show-stopping finale.

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Rock Skate To MJ And Other Jams At The Trendy Robben’s Roost Skating Ring

Source: - Photos by Wesley Bacon, Casey Chalmers, Amber Garvey and Stephen Kertis

Callin’ All Rollers. Sunday night skating at Robben’s Roost. Spotted by Amber Walkman = Blame it on the Boogie, Michael Jackson Source: The Pretty Gritty

Callin’ All Rollers. Sunday night skating at Robben’s Roost. Spotted by Amber
Walkman = Blame it on the Boogie, Michael Jackson Source: The Pretty Gritty

“What does style have to do with roller skating?” an inquisitive onlooker at Robben’s Roost asks when he sees our cameras. “Everything,” we can’t help but answer. “Just look!”

Forget passively skating in circles — Robben’s Roost (5906 Six Mile Lane) beckons sideliners to roll out in the most expressive way possible. At every turn, skaters work on their technique, perfecting twirls and twists on eight wheels. Showered in disco ball light, pairs and trios glide by in perfect unison, dipping and swaying to the beats from the live DJ playing Michael Jackson’s “Blame It on the Boogie.”

If you’re an amateur, show up early (that’s 11 p.m. on Sundays) and perfect your moves before the experts take over at midnight. Personalized skate bags, well-planned outfits, accessories and, of course, stylish skates will be on display and seemingly as important as how well you show your skills in the rink.

A micro-culture of midnight roller skating exists in Louisville — and until 2:30 in the morning on a Sunday-turned-Monday no less. We couldn’t have dreamed it ourselves.

About The Grammy Awards

Source: KDVR


What it honors: Presented by the Recording Academy, the Grammys celebrate achievement in the recording arts. The awards are now in their 56th year and have become the most coveted honor for musicians of all genres. Who votes: Members of the Recording Academy can cast their votes in 82 categories and are meant to determine winners based on artistic and technical merit, not sales numbers. Most memorable moments: One of the most notable is the 1984 show, when Michael Jackson earned 12 nominations and eight wins for “Thriller,” setting a record for most nominations. michael-attends-the-11th-annual-grammy-awards-with-brooke-shields-and-emmanuel-lewis(32)-m-12 Other moments include Beyoncé’s 2008 onstage collaboration with Tina Turner, Eminem and Elton John’s controversial performance of the rapper’s track “Stan” in 2001 and Yoko Ono’s tribute to John Lennon as she and son Sean accepted the Grammy for best album (“Double Fantasy”) in 1981, just 15 months after Lennon’s death. What to expect this year: LL Cool J returns as the host. Jay Z leads the pack with nine nominations for “Magna Carta Holy Grail.” Dubbed “music’s biggest night,” the Grammys are generally built around musical performances. This year everyone from Imagine Dragons to Kendrick Lamar to Pink to Blake Shelton will take the stage. Plus, it marks nominee Daft Punk’s first televised performance since 2008.

The 56th Annual Grammy Awards airs on Sunday, January 26, 2014, on CBS at 8pm eastern.

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WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS Tribute to Michael Jackson, Elton John, Tina Turner, Pink And Freddie Mercury

Source: Barnyard Theatre Boksburg – Show dates: January 23 – March 9, 2014

Address: East Rand Galleria, Northrand Road, Boksburg 1459, South Africa
Phone:+27 11 823 6933


We are the Champions is the tribute of all tributes, as we celebrate the music of the greatest pop icons of all time -  Michael Jackson, Elton John, Tina Turner, Pink & Freddie Mercury.

All these unforgettable names on one stage in one show singing number one hits from the last 5 decades of pop and rock music. These artists have dominated the charts and influenced us immensely; we therefore refer to them as champions of our world and the music industry.

The show features a 10-piece cast and the lead vocalists look like, sound like and pay tribute to these incredible artists with passion, soul and authenticity.

Experience the vibrancy of Pink with hits such as Raise Your Glass, Perfect, So What, Just Like a Pill, Blow Me (One last kiss) and many more. 

The pop maestro Elton John is also honoured with the songs Crocodile Rock, Sad Songs, Nikita, I’m still Standing, Candle in the Wind and many more. 

Tina Turner’s music brings you the soul and passion of the Queen of Rock with hits like River Deep Mountain High, Proud Mary, The Best, Private Dancer, What’s Love Got to Do with It and many more.

The flamboyant Freddie Mercury is portrayed with all the glitz and glamour through the hits Somebody to Love, Bicycle Race, Don’t Stop Me Now, We Will Rock You and more.

The role of Michael Jackson is staged and performed with an uncanny resemblance to this pop icon. Experience a world class performance with the hits Billie Jean, Beat It, Bad, Man in the Mirror and many more. 


Vocals – Samantha Tirivacho (Tina Turner)
Vocals – Jonothan Didlick (Freddy Mercury)
Vocals – Danny Goodman (Michael Jackson)
Vocals – Stephanie Braxton
Guitar/ Vocals – Marcus Thatcher
Bass – Rossouw Coetzee
Drums – Michael Ramasimong
Keys/ vocals – Rainer Jadischke (Elton John)
Sax – Denzil Erasmus

Cast members subject to change without notice


I Can’t Stand The Rain
The Show Must Go On
I’m Still Standing
River Deep Mountain High
It’s A Kind Of Magic
Just Like a Pill
Can You Feel It
Just Give Me A Reason
Private Dancer
Man In The Mirror
Saturday Night
Somebody To Love
Proud Mary
Billie Jean
Dirty Diana
Under Pressure
Bohemian Rhapsody
Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me
Another One Bites The Dust
The Way You Make Me Feel
Blow Me One Last Kiss
So What
Simply The Best
We Are The Champions
Nutbush City Limits
Crocodile Rock
Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Raise Your Glass
We Are The World

Please note that show content and songs are subject to change without notice

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Michael Jackson’s Thriller Will Help Bring 2014 In Manchester With A Big Bang!

Source: Manchester Evening News


Dazzling fireworks, a Big Wheel and Michael Jackson’s Thriller will help usher in 2014 in Manchester.

More than 5,000 people are expected to flock to the city centre New Year’s Eve celebrations, which will be in Piccadilly Gardens for the first time.

The event will feature a 10-minute firework display and rides on the 60m-high big wheel will continue until 1am. There will also be a Michael Jackson dance-off contest, hosted by Councillor Pat Karney. 

He said: “This is the first time we’ve celebrated in Piccadilly Gardens and we’ve had a great reaction to that.

“Our event will rival New York and Sydney. Our homemade entertainment will be the Big Thriller. We want to see a world record for Mancunians dancing to Billie Jean, Beat it and Thriller.”

He added: “It’s going to be the best New Year ever – a spectacular big thriller – the fireworks will be stupendous.

“If you want a great family occasion come and join us.”

Wheels Entertainments Limited is footing the bill for the celebrations, which will be alcohol-free.

Tram and bus bosses are putting on later services to help people get home.

Nightbuses, which usually run on Friday and Saturday nights, will be on the road in the early hours of Wednesday, some up to 4am.

The 16 late night services will run from Manchester city centre, with a further five running from Wigan.

Metrolink will also run a later service.

Final trams include the 1.45am trams from Victoria to Bury and Rochdale, the 1.45am St Peter’s Square to Altrincham and East Didsbury, the 1.45am Cornbrook to Eccles and the 1.30am Piccadilly to Ashton.

In order to manage crowds, the Piccadilly Gardens Metrolink stop will be closed from 11pm.

The Market Street and Shudehill stops will also be closed from 11.30pm and passengers are advised to use the St Peter’s Square or Victoria stops instead.

Road closures will be in place form 11pm to 12.30am on New Year’s Eve on Oldham Street, from Dale Street to Piccadilly.

Parts of Back Piccadilly and Parker Street will also be shut.

New Year’s Eve late night bus services:

Nightbuses will run from Piccadilly Gardens on the following routes:

  • 8 (to Bolton via Farnworth)
  • 17 (to Rochdale via Middleton)
  • 39 (to Leigh via Tyldesley)
  • 43 (to Manchester Airport)
  • 67 (to Peel Green or Cadishead via Eccles)
  • 82 (to Oldham or Lees)
  • 86 (to Chorlton)
  • 135 ( to Bury)
  • 142 (to East Didsbury)
  • 143 (to West Didsbury)
  • 192 (to Hazel Grove via Stockport)
  • 201 (to Hyde)
  • 203 (to Stockport via Reddish)
  • 216 and 219 (to Ashton)
  • 256 (to Flixton).

The following services will run from Wigan, North Western Station:

  • 598 (to Hindley and Leigh)
  • 600 (to Ashton, Golborne and Platt Bridge)
  • 632 (to Pemberton, Highfield Grange and Hawkley Hall)
  • 635 (to Shevington and Standish)
  • 695 (to Orrell, Abbey Lakes and Upholland).

(Special fares may apply after 8pm)

Legend In Concert Waikiki’s “Rock-A-Hula!”

Source: Examiner – By Gillian Gaar

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Legend In Concert Waikiki’s “Rock-A-Hula!” show has been running at the Royal Hawaiian Theatre for over a year now and is still going strong. Even if you’ve seen it before, it’s a blast to see it again, especially as there are occasional changes to the line-up; a rotating cast of “stars.”

The current cast features Michael Jackson (Corey Melton), Britney Spears (Katie Murdock), Madonna (Kimberly Goltry), and of course Elvis Presley (Johnny Fortuno). You’re greeted by a star as you enter, when you’re asked to pose for a souvenir photo. The well-designed auditorium offers a good view from wherever you sit, though the seats down front are the best. There’s also stage side seating for a more up-close-and-personal view.

It’s not surprising that a show entitled “Rock-A-Hula” would have Hawaiian touches throughout. Images of the rolling surf and volcanos are seen on the front stage scrim and side screens as the show begins (the screens display images throughout the show as well, giving the production a high tech feel). You hear the sound of the conch shell blowing, and hula dancers perform on the steps as the live band segues into “Drums of the Islands,” a song Elvis performed in the film “Paradise, Hawaiian Style.”

Fortuno’s even wearing a costume like the one Elvis wore when he sang the song in the movie, riding a boat at the Polynesian Cultural Center. Fortuno is an award-winning Elvis Tribute Artist, and has a lot of fun in this opening sequence, which also features other songs from Elvis’ Hawaiian films, such as “Rock-A-Hula” itself, from “Blue Hawaii.”

The energy and high energy continue with Murdock deliving an athletic turn as Britney Spears — not surprising for someone who makes her entrance from the ceiling — romping around the stage as she works her way through trademark hits like “…Baby One More Time” and “Oops!…I Did It Again.”

Melton has Michael Jackson’s dance moves honed to the point where you could swear you were watching the genuine article; “Beat It,” “Billie Jean,” and “Thriller” (complete with ghouls) are all present and accounted for, along with Jackson’s signature step — the moonwalk (you’re also reminded that Jackson’s last U.S. show was January 4, 1997, in Honolulu).

Goltry’s Madonna also gets a good work out, vamping through “Justify My Love,” “Express Yourself,” “Vogue,” and “Material Girl” (complete with nattily attired backing dancers). But she also gets a chance to stretch out vocally, slowing the pace down for “Don’t Cry For Me, Argentina.” It’s an interesting choice, given that the song isn’t automatically associated with Madonna, and it works to give the show a different character.

Then it’s time for Elvis to return in his ’70s attire, entering to same theme music the King did (“Also Sprach Zarathustra,” better known as the theme from the film “2001: A Space Odyssey”) before going into “See See Rider.” There’s another nod to Hawaii with a performance of “I’ll Remember You,” which Elvis performed at the 1973 “Aloha From Hawaii” shows in Honolulu, and Fortuno also indulges in something else the King used to do in concert; walk through the audience and handing out scarves to lucky ladies. “Suspicious Minds,” “An American Trilogy,” and “Can’t Help Falling in Love” are also part of the show.

The entire cast returns for the end of the show, and in a nice touch, asks the audience to sing along to “Aloha Oe,” written by Queen Liliuokalani, Hawaii’s last reigning queen.

Afterwards, you’re invited to mingle with cast in the lobby; you can purchase the souvenir photo you posed for earlier, but the cast is happy to pose for shots taken with your own camera as well. Be sure to take the time check out the memorabilia on display in the lobby.

There are four ticket packages to suit every budget. The “Legendary Cocktail Show” package comes with one complimentary drink. “Terrace Dining Buffet” offers a complimentary drink, a buffet meal and live entertainment, the other big advantage being you get to enter the theater before the “Legendary Cocktail Show” folks and thus can get a better seat. The “Stageside VIP Dinner” offers two complimentary drinks, pupus (hors d’oeuvres), and seating right down front, where you’ll be served with a steak and salmon dinner. The “Green Room Dinner” offers complimentary champagne and pupus, a backstage tour, a free souvenir photo, seating at a private table, and a steak and lobster dinner (though the lobster can be tricky to crack open). Note that the “super premium drinks” are not that strong; you’ll be better offer with beer, wine, or straight liquor.

Whichever package you choose, you’re guaranteed a great night out at “Rock-A-Hula,” experiencing one of Waikiki’s best shows.

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Watch the Cast of Motown Perform On The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (TV Content)

Source: Broadway World

Saycon Sengbloh & the Cast of Motown rehearse in their coats: Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.Source: Saycon Talks Photo: courtesy of Joe Perrotta

Saycon Sengbloh and Cast of Motown rehearse in their coats: Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Source: Saycon Talks
Photo: courtesy of Joe Perrotta

Check out video below of the cast of MOTOWN strutting their stuff and singing some of the greatest songs from yesterday’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!

Preview Photos: Cirque du Soleil Hosts First Workshop For 2014 One Night For One Drop Show

Source: Las Vegas Sun – Robin Leach

The 2014 One Night for One Drop workshop led by show director Mukhtar Mukhtar on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, at Broadway Hall dance studio in Las Vegas.

The 2014 One Night for One Drop workshop led by show director Mukhtar Mukhtar on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, at Broadway Hall dance studio in Las Vegas. TOM DONOGHUE/DONOGHUEPHOTOGRAPHY.COM

The first workshop for the new One Night for One Drop show for Cirque du Soleil’s world water charity is underway, and Vegas DeLuxe has the first photos.

Our thanks to contributing photographer Tom Donoghue, who captured the high-energy action and spirit at the three-hour session in the Broadway Hall dance studio.

Mukhtar told the performers: “This really is a workshop, not an audition. We just want you to have fun.” He performed a hip-hop routine that will be included in the one-night-only One Night show and then taught it to the dancers.

Andre Kasten, who will be a guest choreographer for One Night, performed a contemporary piece with the dancers hoping to win a spot in the production set for Michael Jackson One Theater in Mandalay Bay next spring.

Said Mukhtar: “Throughout the afternoon, there was improv with props, and we finished up with a freestyle where all the dancers were able to show their own personal style to the team of choreographers and directors.

“After this workshop, I am very excited about all the different talents and the diversity of the performers. They seem very hungry and truly can see the big picture of what I have in mind for One Night for One Drop.”

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Puppeteers Bring Michael Jackson And Others To Life In Stars on Strings Show

Source:  The Star - BY Ahmad Izzrafiq

Quick with their hand s: Puppet masters Chilsom (left) and Probst posing proudly with their puppets which include Michael Jackson and a catty Mae West.

Quick with their hands: Puppet masters Chilsom (left) and Probst posing proudly with their puppets which include Michael Jackson and a catty Mae West.

As a child, Englishman John Chilsom liked animating things, be they dolls or toys.

A stint as a puppeteer on a TV show brought out his passion for the subject. He has not looked back since.

Joining him in the unique venture is Austrian Josef Probst, who started out with hand puppet shows, until a chance meeting in England one day brought the two entertainers together.

For the next 25 years, the pair travelled the world, thrilling audiences in Europe, the United States and the Middle East with their life-like marionettes.

Now, for the first time in Asia, catch the pair in an exclusive three-week only show dubbed ‘Stars on Strings’, at Resorts World Genting.

With a unique combination of storytelling, compelling humour and music, the pair moves thousands of strings, breathing life to ‘stars’ including singing animals and icons such as Michael Jackson and Mae West.

The duo’s meticulous attention to detail incorporates complicated movements, making their marionettes play the violin or tap dance.

Putting on a show is no easy feat, as the pair controls the entire process, from puppet-making to choreography. The 88 dolls, some measuring up to four feet (1.2m) in height, weigh a total of 600kg.

“The Michael Jackson puppet took five weeks to create,” said Chilsom, who makes them from scratch using latex rubber.

He added that they had to figure out the techniques and coordinate eye, hand and mouth movements with the music.

“It’s not only about pulling a couple of strings. We want the marionette to do something, to be entertaining,” said Chilsom.

Probst added that no two characters are the same, as each had their own controls.

“Sometimes you ‘make a dress’ and put it on the puppet, and the puppet doesn’t work anymore. You have to think of it as a whole,” he said.

‘Stars on Strings’ will run until Dec 9 at 3pm and 5pm daily.

Tickets are priced at RM25 (VIP) and RM15. Genting Rewards card members enjoy a special rate of RM18 (VIP) and RM11.

First World Indoor Theme Park or Fantastica!2 ticket holders need only top-up RM10 to get one normal ticket.

Pop Choir And String Quartet Set To Rock Wellington

Source: Scoop

538674_396960727038233_1986646690_nPop hits from ABBA and Michael Jackson to Gotye and Lorde are set to raise the rafters in Eastbourne, Paekakariki and Karori in coming weeks.

Singing group The Doubtful Sounds accompanied by string quartet Strung Out will deliver their unique blend of pop, harmony and good humour at Eastbourne (Sun.Nov 24), Paekakariki (Sat.Nov 30), and Karori (Sun. Dec 1).

Stepping out from behind his radio microphone to conduct is Bryan Crump of Radio New Zealand Nights fame.

“Some say singing is the new Prozac,” says Crump,“and this is music to put a smile on your face.”

“Whether you love Bob Marley, Blue Monday or Bad, we can guarantee you’ve never heard the songs you love performed this way.”

Formed as a musical outlet for friends who like to sing, The Doubtful Sounds brings a pop sensibility and sense of fun to songs from across the musical genres.

“To say our repertoire is eclectic is an understatement,” says Crump. “I’m pretty sure we’re the only vocal group that performs Peggy Lee, Phil Collins, and Lorde.”

Crump says the classically trained musicians of the Strung Out quartet enjoy a chance to let their hair down.

“It’s not every day you get to play some of pop music’s iconic riffs on a cello or viola.”

Crump arranges the songs and leads the group, which includes a number of his National Radio colleagues.

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL Holds Open Call Auditions Today In North Carolina And In Atlanta On November 10

Source: Broadway World


Producers Kevin McCollum, Doug Morris and Berry Gordy have announced “Makin’ It Motown,” a nationwide open call casting search for African-American singers for both the Broadway production of Motown The Musical and the upcoming national tour, with a rare opportunity to audition for this hit Broadway musical at the Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte (650 E. Stonewall Street) in Charlotte, NC, today, November 9, and at 14th Street Playhouse (173 14th Street NE, Stage Three) in Atlanta, GA, on Sunday, November 10, in partnership with Fifth Third Bank Broadway in AtlantaThe first national tour will launch in Chicago in April 2014 with Charlotte and Atlanta performance dates to be announced at a later date.

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is seeking African-American men and women, ages 20s-40s, with exceptional voices. Also seeking an African-American boy, age 8 to 13, to play young Michael Jackson / Berry Gordy / Stevie Wonder. No prior theatre experience is necessary.

All candidates must have amazing soulful voices to play different performers from Motown history. All vocal parts are encouraged to attend.

Date: Saturday, November 9, 2013
Time: 11:00am-2:00pm (sign-in begins at 10:00am)
Location: Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte
650 E. Stonewall Street
Charlotte, NC 28202

Date: Sunday, November 10, 2013
Time: 11:00am-2:00pm (sign-in begins at 10:00am)
Location: 14th Street Playhouse, Stage Three
173 14th Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

What to Bring

1. Bring sheet music for a song of choice from the Motown songbook that best features vocal range.

2. Bring a picture and resume including contact information (cell phone, email) stapled together. A recent snapshot is sufficient in the absence of a formal headshot. An accompanist will be provided.

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‘Thriller’ Dance By Longwood Hoops Teams For ‘Lancer Madness’ (VIDEO)

Source: College Basketball Talk – By Raphielle Johnson


Longwood University held its preseason event at a later date than most Division I teams, holding “Lancer Madness” on Wednesday night. Given the proximity to Halloween, the men’s and women’s basketball teams came together to put forth their best version of the dance scenes in Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video.

There seemed to be a little confusion amongst members of the men’s team during the latter portion of the dance, so they just scrapped the routine and did their own thing. The video below also includes first-year men’s basketball head coach Jayson Gee firing up the crowd, and some clips from dunk contest champion Tristan Carey.

Not in the video is the shooting contest, which featured two players hitting half-court shots to win prizes for the fans.

Monsters Ball, ‘Thriller’ Dance-Off and More At Mad Rose Tavern’s Mad-O-Ween

Source: Arlington Patch / Clarendon Nights


Halloween is Thursday and all kinds of things are going on in Clarendon, VA, October 31 (8pm – 2pm). Mad Rose Tavern is hosting a Mad O Ween, which will include a “Thriller” Michael Jackson tribute dance-off. Win the costume contest at Wilson Tavern and you get a $50 bar tab. DJ SAAM provides the beats on the Halloween night party. No cover. Go ahead and plan to call in sick Friday and check out Clarendon Nights for the full run-down