Sources: What’s Up – By Isabell Rodriguez | All Things Michael
King Michael: A Glorious Tribute to the King of Pop will perform on Saturday, Feb. 27 at the Plaza Theatre. The live show will work in conjunction with the El Paso Symphony Orchestra.
The production features four performers portraying Michael throughout his long musical career through song and dance. Broadway and Las Vegas dancers will accompany the actors. The cast is played by Brandon Jones as the ’80s-era King of Pop while Jeffrey Perez takes on the 1990s. Michael Firestone rounds up the performances as millennium MJ.
12-year-old Jacquez Swanigan portrays young Michael from the ’60s and ’70s.
“The most exciting moment for me is when I sing ‘Who’s Loving You.’ It’s a beautiful song that requires quite a vocal range,” Swanigan said. “As I hit the notes, I can tell the audience is very happy, and that makes me happy.”
“The audience experience the feeling and energy of what a real concert was like,” Jones said. “The most challenging part is trying to have the same energy and skill as Michael. After all, the inspiration for this production is spreading Michael’s message of love.”
Executive producer Steve Love said, “There are very few people whose lives have not been touched by Michael’s music. I also knew him to be a great humanitarian. The day he left us, I knew I had to do something to honor his memory.”
Preparation for the actors includes what Perez refers to as “Michael overload” – watching hours of videos – and practicing.
“I watch all of his concerts and mentally get in the zone before the show,” he said.
For Firestone, the hard work pays off when he’s on stage.
“People who see the show tell me I took them back in time some 25 years in just one evening,” Firestone said. “It’s always an amazing feeling when they don’t want you to leave the stage and can’t get enough.”
In addition to the exhilarating performance, Firestone said he hopes audiences will learn about Michael Jackson’s role as a humanitarian.
“He was one of the most amazing, loving people on earth,” he said. “His Neverland was a place for kids of all walks of life to let go and just be a kid. I want our show to do the same for our audience.
“I want all ages, races and backgrounds to just disappear into the most positive environment possible. I believe his art will inspire people a thousand years from now.”
King Michael – A Glorious Tribute to the King of Pop
Plaza Theatre, 1 Civic Center Plaza
Saturday, February 27, 8 p.m.
Tickets $40-$85, plus fees
More info at 915-532-3776
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