Musical tribute of Michael Jackson to open soon

Posted by Sarah Harlan- email

LONDON (AP)- A musical tribute to the music and life of Michael Jackson will open soon on the London stage.

"Thriller Live" includes his early hits from days in the Jackson Five and his solo career.

Four children and four adults will play Jackson at different stages of his four decade career.

The actors said the role is an honor, but also intimidating.

"Well it's an honor to sing his songs to start with and obviously he's such a perfectionist and and amazing artist you want to, as a performer, do it justice and obviously there's only one Mike you know. From our hearts, on the stage, we just try and do our best and make it sound good," lead vocalist Roger Wright said.

"It's big shoes to fill but you just do the best you can and, you know I love Michael Jackson and I've worked with him, and as a child growing up you just know Michael Jackson, you know, all the moves and stuff. So, yeah, you just got to focus. It's a really focused mind state you have to be in to make sure the performance comes across like he would do it," lead vocalist Rick Baird said.

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