Michael Jackson tribute act promises a thriller show at the Queen’s Theatre
PUBLISHED: 15:00 23 November 2018
A tribute act hopes to capture the electrifying energy of Michael Jackson’s live performances in their show at a Hornchurch theatre.
Jackson Live in Concert, featuring the dedicated Michael Jackson tribute artist CJ, is coming to the Queen’s Theatre next year.
Presented by Sweeney Entertainments, the show brings together musicians, dancers, fabulous costumes and of course all of the signature dance moves associated with the King of Pop.
CJ told the Recorder: “We’ve been told from audiences that it’s the next best thing to a real live Michael Jackson concert.
“People can expect 100 per cent live vocals, which not all tribute acts do. They will either have singing or dancing, as it’s a very difficult craft to nail down.
“We’ve got a dance group that specialises in Michael Jackson choreography, so audiences can expect the real choreography from Jackson’s performances.”
CJ is joined on stage by his incredible band and dancers who work their way through all of the hits in an accurate tribute to Michael Jackson.
“I’ve worked with the crew that I’m with for many years,” said CJ.
“The hard work really now is mostly just organising the shows and costumes. I have to go through three hours of make-up before I do a show.
“I’ve spent hundreds of pounds on the most iconic outfits which have been specially tailored. I can’t go out wearing one outfit for the show because every song has it’s own famous outfit.”
Michael Jackson’s career spanned five decades of music and his contributions to music, dance and fashion made him a global figure in pop culture.
With such an array of hits to choose from, CJ said that it can be difficult fitting them all into the show.
He said: “We always get the odd person complaining that we didn’t do a certain song. There are so many hits it’s impossible to cram all of them into the show.
“We do a set from the Jackson Five where we put all of the songs into a medley, just as Michael Jackson did in his live shows.
“We also change the set from year to year.”
In true fashion of a die-hard fan, CJ said that he didn’t have one favourite Michael Jackson song.
“All of his songs are my favourites,” said the tribute artist.
“However, my favourite song to perform is Billie Jean. Every time Billie Jean came on, audiences would go mental.
“It was just him on stage with a spotlight and a drum beat. The audiences love it.”
Michael Jackson was inducted onto the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1980 as a member of the Jacksons and in 1984 as a solo artist.
Speaking about what made the singer so unique, CJ said: “There was just something about the way he performed.
“I don’t care who you are, if you’re listening to a Michael Jackson song, you’ll be tapping your feet along with the music.
“He had a kind of hold on you which is very hard to explain - a real God given talent.”
“If it wasn’t for Michael Jackson we wouldn’t have the likes of Usher, Neyo or Beyonce. I don’t think music would be the same as it is today without him.”
CJ explained that they see a wide range of people coming to Jackson Live in Concert.
He added: “We get the die-hard fans everywhere as they tend to follow the tribute shows around.
“There’s an 80-year-old lady who is a massive Michael Jackson fan that I always see at our shows, but then you also get the little kids who weren’t even born when Michael Jackson died.
“It’s great to see all of the audiences coming to together to have a great time.”
Jackson Live in Concert will be playing at the Queen’s Theatre in Billet Lane on Wednesday, January 9 at 7.30pm.
For tickets visit queens-theatre.co.uk.