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Don’t Miss Out on MJ the Musical Where Moonwalking Meets Showstopping

Stepping into the Fox Theatre in St. Louis for MJ the Musical, the excitement was palpable. We spotted plenty of Thriller-style jackets, a smattering of sequined gloves, and even a few pint-sized MJs moonwalking around. The air buzzed with anticipation, and it was clear that the crowd, including Emily and me, was ready for a night of unforgettable performances and nostalgic tunes.

Concept Art of Michael Jackson

MJ the Musical Played the Soundtrack of My Life

Growing up, Michael Jackson wasn’t just an artist I listened to; he was practically the soundtrack to every significant moment in my life. I am a child of the 1970s. Born in 1969, the Jackson 5 was always a staple on the variety shows we’d watch on our little black-and-white TV (like the Cher Show in 1975).

I was in high school when Thriller came out. It was unlike anything any of us had ever experienced. Everyone I knew rushed out to buy this album (yes, I said album, as CDs, MP3s, and streaming weren’t a thing). We’d pour over the lyrics and liner notes, listening to every song over and over.

From struggling to learn to moonwalk to “Billie Jean” to gathering with my friends to throw a “Thriller” party when the music video debuted on MTV on December 2, 1983, that album will always represent fond memories for me.

Pull quote: His album Thriller is the biggest-selling album of all time, and his Thriller short film is the only music video to be listed on the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress. dropped, and let me tell you, it was a game-changer! We all sprinted to grab the album (yep, those big vinyl discs—no CDs, MP3s, or streaming back then). We devoured the lyrics and liner notes like treasure maps, replaying every song until we knew them by heart.

Cher Medley with the Jackson Five on the The Cher Show, 03/16/1975

A Visual and Auditory Feast

The stage is set in a 1992 LA rehearsal room where MJ and the crew gear up for the Dangerous World Tour. Before the action starts, you’ll see dancers, managers, band members, and a documentary crew casually waltz in, ready for the big rehearsal. I fondly remember watching this tour on HBO in ’92 with friends and family—mind-blowing! Relive that magic here.

Finally, after about 15 minutes of cast filtering in, MJ makes his grand (though not-so-auspicious) entrance, and we’re whisked through the different eras of Michael. Much like the Cher Show, we get a trio of Michaels: Little Michael, rocking the Jackson 5 vibes; Adolescent Michael, straddling the line between teen idol and solo artist; and then the King of Pop himself, full-blown MJ. These actors seamlessly weave together the grandeur of Jackson’s legendary performances with the intimate snapshots of his life. You could tell they pulled out all the stops to create an atmosphere truly fit for music royalty.

Unforgettable Musical Numbers

The musical numbers of MJ the Musical were, without a doubt, the heart and soul of the production. Each song served as a powerful reminder of Michael Jackson’s unparalleled talent and profound impact on the music industry. My absolute favorite sequence was the iconic “Thriller” number. The choreography was electrifying, the costumes were spot-on, and the performers’ energy was through the roof. By the end of the number, the entire audience was on their feet, clapping and cheering in sheer delight.

Electrifying Choreography

The choreography was nothing short of mind-blowing. The cast’s dedication to nailing Michael Jackson’s iconic moves shone through every step and twirl. Our performance’s MJ, Roman Banks, must have spent countless hours perfecting every nuance of Michael’s style. He didn’t just embody MJ; he moonwalked his way into our hearts, signature spins and all.

The dance numbers? They were pure magic, with footwork so intricate and synchronization so seamless that you’d swear you were watching the real King of Pop. The elaborate costumes and electrifying stage energy sealed the deal—sometimes, it was hard to remember you weren’t seeing the one and only MJ himself!

Audience Reaction to MJ the Musical

The audience’s reaction to MJ the Musical was a testament to the show’s success. As I said, the “Thriller” dance number got a standing ovation, and there were numerous moments of spontaneous clapping and cheering throughout the performance. It was evident that the show had struck a chord with the audience, bringing back fond memories and creating new ones.

Final Thoughts

Overall, MJ the Musical at the Fox Theatre in St. Louis was a moving tribute to the King of Pop. It successfully showcased the everlasting power of Michael Jackson’s music and highlighted his profound influence on generations of artists. The sheer talent of the cast and the electrifying energy of the production made for an unforgettable theatrical experience.

Whether you’re a lifelong fan of Michael Jackson or simply someone who appreciates outstanding performances, MJ the Musical is a must-see. It’s a celebration of music, dance, and the enduring legacy of one of the greatest entertainers ever. Don’t miss the chance to experience this spectacular show for yourself!

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