Sources: The Examiner – By Deardra Shuler | All Things Michael
Producer and creator of “Invincible: A Glorious Tribute to Michael Jackson,” Darrin Ross, and MJ long-time choreographer LaValle Smith, Jr., took time to join me to discuss their tribute show to MJ that will be featured at NJPAC, located at 1 Center Street, in Newark, NJ, on Saturday, June 13 at 8:00 PM, and then on Friday, June 19th at 7:00 PM at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, NY.
“My mother took me to see MJ’s Victory Tour as a kid. I became a life-long fan of MJ’s work,” recalled Ross. “Through “Invincible,” I am recreating the feeling I felt as a teen after watching Michael on stage. I want the audience to feel the same excitement I felt in seeing Michael for the first time. Therefore, I work hard to bring Michael’s songs and dances current so an entire new generation of fans can appreciate Michael’s legacy. We look for the best individuals who we feel fit the RossLive Entertainment brand. Everyone has been positive and enthusiastic, so I have been able to create a great MJ impersonator community,” continued Darrin.
Presently Ross is featuring his show at NJPAC on Saturday, June 13 at 8PM, and then in association with Sun Son Productions, will bring “Invincible” to the Apollo Theater on June 19th at 7PM. The cast of over 40 persons, including LaVelle Smith, Jr., Michael Jackson‘s personal choreographer of 23 years, is in daily rehearsal attempting to make the show as authentic as possible. “I feel honored to be in the show. I am working with the “Invincible” dancers to recreate the dances I did with Michael and even do some routines Michael hesitated to try. Together Darrin and I have created a lot of new material,“ remarked LaVelle who may spill over to the Apollo material not performed at NJPAC.
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