An ‘Invincible’ thriller for the king of pop

An ‘Invincible’ thriller for the king of pop
Pete Carter dancing to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”
Photo by Paparatzi KeiTH

On Friday, June 19, “Invincible”… A Glorious Tribute To The King of Pop made its New York premiere at the Apollo Theater in NYC. This totally fabulous production was adorned with precision lighting, timely bursts of fog and of course a collection of MJ’s most memorable outfits. The audience wallowed in rich nostalgia, upon seeing the bejeweled glove, the red leather jacket and the all too familiar ultra-white socks.

“Invincible” is the brain child of Bessie Award winning producer Darrin Ross and comprises Michael Jackson’s top of the chart hit singles while celebrating the unforgettable dance numbers found in Jackson’s videos that went on to become pop culture legend.

With a stellar recommendation from New York publicist Deardra Shuler, Sun Song Productions brought “Invincible” to New York and this multi-media, live performance, extravaganza is a must see. If you are a Michael Jackson fan and you missed the show, then you are in for an exceptional treat when it returns to New York (date TBA). All of The King’s moves, his unique sound and trademark inflections are found in this gala production.

Lavelle Smith Jr., choreographer, dancer and friend of MJ for more than 23 years is firmly at the creative helm as a talented list of artists portray Michael in various stages of his superstar career including Pete Carter, a master dancer and impersonator who reincarnates Jackson’s style to a “T” as well as Jeffrey Perez who is brilliant in songs such as “Billie Jean,” “Thriller” and “Beat It.”

While the cast, its incredibly tight orchestra and a row of soulful background singers effortlessly kept a groove going that sounded “just like the record,” members of the audience were all mesmerized. Song after song brought back memory after fond memory until members of the audience were on their feet more than they were seating.

The audience comprised fans that ranged in age from eight to 80 and they all had a favorite song. Wow, what a phenomenal body of work Michael Jackson left behind. there are people that haven’t been born yet and they will know and love his work just like the fans that were in the world famous Apollo Theater on that Friday night.

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