‘King Michael’ to honor Michael Jackson at the Plaza Theatre

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Special to The Prosector

“King Michael,” a musical tribute to Michael Jackson, will be presented at The Plaza Theatre on Feb. 27.

Julia Hettiger , Staff Reporter

It’s been seven years since the King of Pop Michael Jackson passed away. Since then, many have vowed to honor his music in some way. “King Michael,”  a musical tribute to Jackson, will be presented at The Plaza Theatre on Feb. 27 in collaboration with the El Paso Symphony Orchestra.

The show will cover pivotal moments from Jackson’s life, starting from his early career as a child prodigy, to becoming the reigning pop artist of the music charts and one of the best entertainers ever.

“This show is more of a celebration of Michael’s life,” said Rosemary Flores, operations manager with the El Paso Symphony Orchestra.

“King Michael” is comprised of many dancers, singers and musicians who work together to demonstrate Jackson’s illustrious career on stage.

“His career was filled with many ground breaking moments, and this show, performed by different tribute artists, transports the audience to different times in Michael’s life,” Flores said.

Flores said the magic of the show is attributed to the talented cast.

“From the band, a group of incredible musicians with Grammys to their credit, to the award-winning dancers, and world renowned specialty acts, and, of course, the four principal Michaels, this is a special event that represents the spirit of Michael,” Flores said.

To prepare for the show, Jeffrey Perez, who plays the ‘90s era Jackson in the show, relives some of Michael’s greatest moments.

“I typically go on a Michael overload before the show,” Perez said. “I watch all of his concerts and really mentally get in the zone before the show.”

The “King Michael” show means a lot to Perez because of all the hard work put into it.

“The most rewarding for me is meeting other Michael fans from around the world,” Perez said. “I’m a huge Michael fan and it’s always a blessing to be able to meet those who share the same passion.”

Cynthia Alvarez, senior biological sciences major, said she is a fan of the King of Pop.

“I like Michael Jackson because of his music and his innovative dance moves, such as his moonwalk,” Alvarez said.

Although his music crosses many eras, Alvarez believes it can still be effectively listened to today.

“His music is incredibly relevant today, such as ‘Man in the Mirror’ can apply to anyone that wants to make a difference in this world,” Alvarez said.

She said she would like to attend “King Michael” to have a good time.

“From the opening number to the finale when all four Michael’s are on stage, the audience will be treated to a fabulous show with iconic musical numbers like ‘Billie Jean,’ ‘Beat It,’ ‘Smooth Criminal,’ to ‘Dirty Diana,’” Flores said. “The show also will include back up dancers and a fabulous band.”

For more information about the “King Michael” performance, visit the El Paso Symphony Orchestra’s website at epso.org or call (915) 532-3776.

Julia Hettiger may be reached at [email protected]