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Michael Jackson HIStory ll heading to the Joburg Theatre

Published: 13 December 2012

Michael Jackson HIStory ll, starring Kenny Wizz direct from Vegas, heads to the Joburg Theatre from Thursday, 17 January to Sunday, 10 February 2013.

The widely acclaimed Michael Jackson HIStory ll Show, a musical biography of Michael Jackson's life, is a brand new production that has recently taken New Zealand by storm and has had audiences up on their feet in Cape Town and Durban already on this tour. Now, it’s Johannesburg's turn.

Together with a live band of talented musicians, fully choreographed dancers, authentic costumes and high production values, HIStory II brings fans what they want but can never again see, a Michael Jackson concert. The show stars Kenny Wizz, widely recognised as the best Michael Jackson impersonator in the world.

The first HIStory concert was a sell out when it was presented at GrandWest Casino in 2011 and since then Michael Jackson fans have called for its return. True to Michael Jackson, the show has reinvented itself, with a brand new production that has raised the bar and exceeded all expectations, with the addition of new songs, outstanding dance routines and spectacular visual effects.

The production takes fans right back to the Jackson 5 era and through a thrilling journey to the current decade. Hit after hit tells the story of one of the greatest pop icons the world has ever known and features over twenty songs performed live by Kenny Wizz, the celebrated Las Vegas performer. The concert's success is the product of Wizz's dedication to championing the genius of Michael Jackson, and HIStory is the result of more than two decades perfecting "the art of sharing MJ".

Wizz was shattered by Jackson's death and at the time closed his act down in Las Vegas, despite calls from fans to continue. On his return to the stage he noticed that Jackson's death had made concert-goers even more critical of his performances. He commented, "It's more difficult because my act is observed through a microscope now he's gone - people want the closest thing possible," says Wizz.

Wizz was twenty when Michael Jackson's career exploded with the release of the pivotal album Thriller. During that time, his strong resemblance to Jackson heralded the start of a long career as a conduit for Jackson music.

His regular performances in Atlantic City gratified audiences and allowed him to perfect his act. After tours in Europe and Asia, Wizz settled in Las Vegas where his show was signed for eleven years at the Riviera Hotel and Casino.

Michael Jackson, repeatedly described as a musical juggernaut, had an influence on popular culture and music that remains virtually unparalleled.

Beside his inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Hollywood Walk of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame, Jackson held thirteen Grammy Awards and twenty-six American Music Awards including "Artist of the Century". His roll of accolades, however, is almost too massive to mention, and for most the focus weighs more heavily on the music Jackson has shared since the 1960s.

Songs such as ABC, Ben, Smooth Criminal, Beat It and many more will be performed on the upcoming HIStory tour, providing a flawless live experience that might otherwise be unattainable. Jackson's popularity which has gained epic proportions since his untimely death in 2009.

The rampant popularity of these concerts is driven by their ability to transport audiences to a time and place they once loved. It's a founding principle of the success of Showtime Management Australia, the Producer bringing the HIStory II tour to South Africa and the company behind the immensely popular concert series Queen - It's a Kinda Magic.

Michael Jackson HIStory ll runs at the Joburg Theatre from Thursday, 17 January to Sunday, 10 February 2013, with performances Thursdays to Saturdays at 20:00 and Sundays at 15:00. Ticket prices range from R100 to R295, and are on sale at www.joburgtheatre.com, or by calling the theatre’s direct ticketing line on 0861 670 670.

The Michael Jackson HIStory ll Show is presented in South Africa in association with Mzansi Magic.

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