Sci-fi radio play has hidden depths
WHEN William Hall saw Michael Jackson’s Bad and Dangerous tours more than 40 times, he was not just another obsessive King of Pop fan.
“I was studying and learning the whole time,” Hall, who grew up in Los Angeles and Texas, said.
“I would go to his concert not just to watch him but also his band and everything. I wanted to learn the entire spectacle of what he was doing.”
It was while Hall was at college during the 1980s and singing in different bands that he was given the idea to pursue it further and on a much larger scale.
“I performed a lot of Michael Jackson and after one show this guy walked up to me and asked if I’d ever thought about touring,” he said.
“It had never occurred to me and at the time nothing like that had been done. So I put all the songs together first to make it an hour-and-a-half, two-hour show.”
The highlight for Hall, who is based in Las Vegas, came in 2011 when he performed for the matriarch of the Jackson family, Katherine.
His production manager told Hall 10 minutes before the show that she was in the audience and his reaction was “finally”.
“I’d already performed for Michael, Joe Jackson and Jermaine but I’d never met his mum,” he said.
“She was who I’d really wanted to meet; she was the glue that held the family together and I’ll never forget it. One of the first things she said to me was how much I reminded her of Michael.
“It was a really special moment and then we both started to cry.”
Hall will perform his tribute show Michael Jackson – The Legacy Tour at Astor Theatre on September 16, which includes songs from all of Jackson’s tours including his final, This Is It.
Community News has 10 double passes to give away to the show at Astor Theatre on September 16. Enter at www.communitynews.com.au by 10am Friday, August 31. A LOVE of science fiction has led to Stephen B. Platt writing and directing radio play sit-com @lantis as part of his PhD research examining science fiction in live performance.
Platt said @lantis was set in an underwater city in the future and followed a team of research scientists as they pushed the boundaries of science and discovered that more often than not, science pushed back. The series consists of seven episodes, all of which will be performed live at Murdoch Theatre’s Nexus Theatre over seven weeks.
The episodes will also be available to listen to online after performances.
Thought Jar Productions presents: @lantis is on two shows a week from August 21 to October 4. Tickets at www.atlantisradioplay.com/live-shows-1.