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Wolverhampton gets a Michael Jackson history lesson

By Leigh Sanders | Theatre & Comedy | Published:

Fans of the King of Pop will be moonwalking their way to Wolverhampton's Grand Theatre when the Michael Jackson History Show rolls into town next month.

The King of Pop is brought to life on stage

Having been going for nine years and putting on performances in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Dubai, Indonesia, South Africa, Canada and the US, and now Black Country fans get a chance to see what the hype is about.

Producer John Van Grinsven finally brings the show to British shores, and the Grand Theatre date takes place on May 6, with only limited tickets remaining.

And if that proves inconvenient fans, they will get other chances to see the show when it comes back to Redditch's Palace Theatre on May 16 and Solihull's The Core Theatre on May 26.

A spokesperson for the show said: "In contrast to other tribute acts amongst the MJ community, the Michael Jackson History Show stays true to a real-life Michael Jackson concert with only one solo artist taking the stage; mirroring Michael Jackson’s performances for an accurate experience.

"The world-class production showcases all of Michael Jackson’s greatest hits live on stage, complemented by the famous dance moves that fans all know, love and aspire to do. Star of the show, Dantanio, will be accompanied by a lively six-piece band, four groovy backup dancers and a phenomenal lighting team."

The show features 40 different customised costumes, 20 of which are for the MJ character alone. More than 100 hours have been dedicated to the lighting design, which makes use of 160-plus moving lights and more than 2,000 lighting cues arranged to enhance the musical elements of the show.

Van Grinsven, who also directs the show, flew around the world auditioning performers for the role of MJ for more than a year before finding and casting Dantanio, a South African theatre performer and solo recording artist who has been studying and impersonating Jackson since the age of nine.

For tickets to the Grand Theatre show, priced between £19.50 and £36.50, click here.

Leigh Sanders

By Leigh Sanders
@LSanders_Star

Senior sub editor for the MNA portfolio and entertainments writer leaning towards features and reviews. Get releases to me at leigh.sanders@expressandstar.co.uk

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