Thriller Live hits Auckland
Michael Jackson was 50 years old when he died, and although that was more than six years ago, the King of Pop's legacy lives on.
On March 25, 1983 - on the 25th birthday of Motown Records - Jackson honoured the movement with a movement of his own – the moonwalk.
It was three seconds that made history, with everyone the next day trying to pull it off.
Thirty-two years later, the theatrical production Thriller Live is moonwalking around the globe, showing audiences just why Jackson was one of the world's greatest entertainers.
For the show's performers Mig Ayesa and Sean Christopher, it is all about continuing Jackson's legacy for his fans.
"For me it's the soundtrack of my youth, I mean, I've been a Michael Jackson fan all my life," says Ayesa. "To be allowed to do his music on stage is a privilege and it's an honour, and with that honour actually comes great responsibility to get it right."
The cast members have played over 3000 shows to almost 2.5 million fans in over 26 countries.
"We forget sometimes that this legacy is so huge," says Christopher. "We'll just walk down the road and you'll hear his name being called, and they know I'm not him, but it's that they can try and hold on to his legacy for a moment."
Thriller Live opens tonight at Auckland's Civic Theatre.
source: newshub archive