Jack­son trib­ute re­turns

The Tribune (NZ) - - COMMUNITY INFORMATION -

Michael Jack­son! Michael may be gone, but his legacy con­tin­ues, safe in the hands of The Michael Jack­son HIS­tory Show trib­ute.

It’s been two years since the Show­time Aus­tralia pro­duc­tion per­formed in the Re­gent on Broad­way, and in that time it has un­der­gone a re­vamp.

That in­cludes a new lead in South African singer and dancer Dan­tanio.

Since 2009, the role had been per­formed by vet­eran MJ im­per­son­ator Kenny Wizz who re­tired, aged 50, in 2014. Show di­rec­tor Johnny Van Grinsven was un­sure how the change would go down with fans.

‘Wizz was part of this show for al­most five years so it was a big tran­si­tion, but our fans have been so sup­port­ive, and the re­views on Dan­tanio have been great,’’ Johnny says.

Not only a Michael Jack­son fan from child­hood, Dan­tanio who has a gospel-in­flu­enced up­bring­ing, is a skilled dancer, com­poser and pro­ducer in his own right with two solo al­bums.

At 16, he was ejected from a Michael Jack­son am­a­teur dance com­pe­ti­tion be­cause the judges were con­vinced he was a pro­fes­sional per­former.

The re­vamped trib­ute stays true to its orig­i­nal live band con­cert for­mat, show­cas­ing MJ’s great­est hits with ad­di­tional songs, up­dated cos­tumes and chore­og­ra­phy, and new pro­duc­tion el­e­ments.

Book­ings are through Tick­etDirect for the show on Queen’s Birth­day Monday, June 6.

– The Tri­bune has three dou­ble passes to give away.To en­ter the draw, email con­tact de­tails with ‘MJ’ in the sub­ject line to tri­bunecom­pe­ti­tions@msl.co.nz by mid­day, Fri­day June 3. One en­try per email address please. Win­ners will be ad­vised by phone/email.

PHOTO: SUP­PLIED/SHOW­TIME AUS­TRALIA

Dan­tanio per­form­ing as Michael Jack­son in Show­time Aus­tralia’s The Michael Jack­son HIS­tory Show.

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