Sources: Deadline Detroit | All Things Michael
He’s only 11, and he’s already had a great run performing on Broadway.
Detroit’s own Samuel Pickens, a student at the Detroit Academy of Arts and Sciences, has returned home after performing nightly as Michael Jackson on Broadway in ‘Motown: The Musical’ since September, WXYZ reports.
The station reports that he rubbed elbows with celebrities and fans. Samuel got some notoriety after the YouTube video of him his classmates went viral. He was the lead singer in that video in which the students sang Pharell’s song “Happy.”
He’s glad to be back home “because I’m with my friends and family,” Samuel tells WXYZ. “And I get to talk to them again.”
“It was amazing to play somebody who was one of my biggest role models, that was awesome.” said Samuel, “It’s Michael Jackson we’re talking about!”
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