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