Bearing an uncanny resemblance to the late Michael Jackson, Kenny Wizz brings the magic and energy of a Jackson concert to the stage.
THEY say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. If this is true, the king of pop, Michael Jackson, would have been flattered by famed impersonator Kenny Wizz, who is performing HIStory - This Is It, a tribute to the late star at the Joburg Theatre Complex.
Kenny Wizz is Michael Jackson in the musical HIStory - This Is ItKenny Wizz is Michael Jackson in the musical HIStory - This Is ItThe show, which honours Jackson, features over 20 of the star’s greatest hits as it traces his life story, right from his days in the Jackson 5. Direct from Las Vegas, it debuts in South Africa on 19 January. The run ends on 13 February.
Wizz, who shares an uncanny resemblance to Jackson, hails from Los Angeles, California and started dancing at the age of five. “Growing up in Los Angeles I heard his music a lot. Music is really big in LA, it’s really music based.”
Initially a street dancer, he and his troupe would perform on street corners with music blaring from a radio. With a love of all types of music and dance it was no surprise that Wizz fell in love with Jackson’s music.
“As a teenager it was the in thing. It kept us busy, something to do,” said Wizz.
Jackson released the best selling album of all time, Thriller, around the time Wizz turned 20. Many people began commenting on his resemblance to Jackson. Through an agent, Wizz was soon making TV appearances, commercials and personal appearances.
For the past 11 years, Wizz has performed twice a night, six nights a week in the stage show Splash at the Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
Now in Joburg, he is excited to share his hero’s music with locals. “It’s my first time in the country and I can’t wait to perform,” he said.
On Joburg and its people, Wizz said: “Johannesburg people have been really hospitable. People here have such beautiful names.
“I love meeting people, it enhances my life. Learning about different cultures is amazing. I might not get to visit museums and things of that nature as there isn’t much time what with tech rehearsal and PR, but I make every effort to see as much as I can.”
Audiences at the show can look forward to the recreation of a Jackson concert, complete with a full international touring company of musicians, dancers and authentic costumes as well as one of the biggest lighting rigs ever used at the Joburg Theatre.
With Wizz in the country for a little less than a month, tickets for the show are hot property. The cost from R181 and are available from Computicket.
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