Wizz heads back to Oz

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - SHOWS -

Wizz (right) brings the cat­a­logue and charisma of the late King of Pop, Michael Jack­son, to life on stage in the elab­o­rate re­vamped trib­ute show HIS­tory: This Is It II. Backed by a live band, dancers, au­then­tic cos­tumes and slick pro­duc­tion, Wizz brings the mu­si­cal bi­og­ra­phy and cel­e­bra­tion of Jack­son’s life from Las Ve­gas to Twin Towns in Au­gust af­ter a sold­out show at The Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast last year. The show, which also stars Jack­son’s orig­i­nal fe­male gui­tarist, Jen­nifer Bat­ten, sees Wizz recre­ate a Jack­son con­cert ex­pe­ri­ence, per­form­ing more than 20 of the star’s big­gest hits. ‘‘I don’t live my life as Michael Jack­son,’’ Wizz says. ‘‘It’s a char­ac­ter and a role that I play.’’ Wizz says he’s stepped up the in­ten­sity of his shows since Jack­son’s death. ‘‘It’s more difficult be­cause my act is ob­served through a mi­cro­scope (by fans) now he’s gone,’’ he says. ‘‘Peo­ple want the clos­est thing pos­si­ble.’’ plays Twin Towns on Au­gust 3-4 at 8.30pm. Tickets are $51.

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