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October 17, 2012

The king of pop lives on in HIStory Show II in Cape Town

Don't miss Kenny Wizz as Michael Jackson in the HIStory Show II at the Artscape Theatre in Cape Town

He’s not alive, he’s not alive, HE IS NOT ALIVE!

That’s the phrase I kept repeating as I watched the Michael Jackson HIStory Show II at the Artscape Theatre in Cape Town on Saturday, October 13, 2012.

The Michael Jackson HIStory Show II, a Showtime Management Australia production, starring renowned impersonator Kenny Wizz, runs at the Artscape Theatre until Sunday, October 28, 2012.

Beyond the nuances, dance moves and costumes, Wizz (albeit with a more chiselled chest!) bears such a striking resemblance to the king of pop, it’s unsettling and eerie, yet also amazing.

For Capetonian fans of Jackson, this tribute show, which has been touring internationally since 2011, is a phenomenal ode to Michael Jackson and the only opportunity to feel as if they’re attending a live performance of the fallen star.

Wizz, the consummate performer, gives fans an experience worthy of the legend. His Las Vegas training is evident as he performs 20 of Jackson’s greatest hits, including Off The Wall, Beat It, Bad, Black or White, Heal The World, ABC and more, while barely breaking out in a sweat. During the show he also ran into the crowd to take one of the adoring female fans up on stage, serenading her with “She’s Out of My Life”.

The HIStory band and dancers are equally impressive. Their seamless movements and acoustics for Smooth Criminal and Dangerous rendered me speechless!

Through detailed set design, captivating video production, authentic costumes and an impressive cast, director John van Grinsven realistically brings the Jackson experience to the Artscape Theatre stage. The transformation and elevation of the stage for the Thriller performance now sits alongside the Phantom of the Opera’s boat-emerging-from-the-lair scene as my most magical Artscape Theatre moments.

Possibly the greatest highlight of the evening for me was seeing at least three generations of families (children, parents and grandparents), dressed in various Michael Jackson costumes, out at the theatre on a Saturday night, celebrating the life and music of a shared music idol. To quote the man himself: “Music has been my outlet, my gift to all the lovers in this world. Through it, my music, I know I will live forever."

No Jackson show would be complete without the iconic Billie Jean performance and in the video below, Wizz shows just why he is revered as the number one impersonator:

For a “Thriller” of an evening, book your Michael Jackson HIStory Show II tickets through Computicket or +27 (0)861 915 8000.

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