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Michael Jack­son is not dead. This is what every per­son who at­tended the open­ing night of the Joburg The­atre’s For­ever Jack­son: Legacy of a Leg­end pro­claimed on Wed­nes­day night, each in their own way.

The more hard-core MJ fans started the party at home by dress­ing the part. Or­di­nar­ily mod­est male the­atre­go­ers were all of a sud­den wear­ing blush, try­ing not to smudge their mas­cara and were reap­ply­ing their eye­liner.

On dis­play were plenty of white socks, white vests and – thanks to some see-through gar­ments – white un­der­wear too.

In fact, it was the white un­der­wear crew that was re­spon­si­ble for the an­tics in the aisle be­fore, dur­ing and af­ter the per­for­mance. They were joined by other jovial au­di­ence mem­bers who gy­rated, pulled off the most au­da­cious pelvic thrusts and even re­minded us 1980s ba­bies of the bump ’n grind. There were more than 700 peo­ple in at­ten­dance, and celebri­ties pep­pered the the­atre, in­clud­ing ac­tress, dancer and chore­og­ra­pher Khabon­ina Qubeka and fun­ny­man Joey Ras­dien, who stood aside and let the rest of the guests make jok­ers out of them­selves this time.

TV pre­sen­ter Chris Jaftha was even spot­ted do­ing the MJ groin-tug a few times. Isidingo ac­tress Tema Se­bo­pedi, singer Tima Reece, and TV and ra­dio pre­sen­ter Tim Modise also made ap­pear­ances – but they kept their dig­nity in­tact.

What made the night even more mag­i­cal was the mix of young and old. Au­di­ence mem­bers ranged from seven-year-olds with ex­tended cur­fews to 80year-olds with walk­ing sticks. No one was about to miss Robin Par­sons pay­ing trib­ute to the King of Pop.

The show runs un­til June 19


Bring­ing grace to the party were (from left) Miss Earth fi­nal­ists Brid­get Greenslade, Keziah John­son, Tarin Malek­ing and Camille Baker; Joey Ras­dien, Cindy-Lee Min­naar, Christopher Jaftha, Safiyah Vally, Clara da Cruz Almeida and Salome Sechele were also there MONOTONE Ja­son and Dono­van Go­liath with Ayaad Do­mouni

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