Local Dancers Pay Homage To Michael Jackson In Tribute Show

Sources:  Star Tribute – By | All Things Michael

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Luis Castillo of Woodbury would like to assure you that Billie Jean is not his lover. But he never tires of dancing to her tune.

By day, Castillo works in regulatory compliance at a bank. By night, he dons a single white glove and moonwalks. Using the stage name LC Jackson, he has been impersonating Michael Jackson for 17 years, since he was a ninth-grader at St. Paul Central High School. This weekend, he opens “Legacy! A Tribute to the King of Pop,” at SteppingStone Theatre, with eight backup dancers — including show manager and former school buddy Marques Matthias — and a dozen costume changes.

“Like a lot of ’90s kids, I had a childhood obsession with Michael’s music,” Castillo said. “I just practiced in front of the TV and got involved in talent shows, and surprisingly enough, caught some attention.”

Jackson, who died in 2009, is still revered by thousands of superfans, and tribute shows dedicated to his music and dance moves thrive in Las Vegas and as touring productions. But the “Legacy” show, variations of which have been staged at public and private functions around the region for the past several years, is the only Twin Cites-based version.

“A lot of people say, ‘Why don’t you go to Vegas,’ but some areas are already saturated with that kind of entertainment,” Castillo said. “Here in the Midwest, you don’t see it as much.”

This is the largest “Legacy” show Jackson and Matthias have produced to date, with a record nine performances scheduled. With 22 numbers to get through, some of them medleys or remixes, the cast dances for two straight hours, faithfully replicating Jackson’s concert tours from 1988 through 1997, and tossing in some old Jackson 5 nostalgia for the boomers.

LEGACY:  A Tribute to the King of Pop

What: Michael Jackson tribute featuring impersonator LC Jackson and eight backup dancers.

When: 7:30 p.m. Fri., 2 & 7:30 p.m. Sat., 3 p.m. Sun., 7:30 p.m. Thu. Ends May 31.

Where: SteppingStone Theatre, 55 N. Victoria St., St. Paul.

Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at door, $15 under ages. www.legacymjtribute.com or 612-432-8781.

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