The Michael Jackson HIStory Show, one of the world’s most-loved tribute productions, will come to South Africa for the summer season.
The Michael Jackson HIStory Show will run from 14 December 2018 until 10 February 2019 across the country. The two-hour musical experience takes audiences on a musical journey back to MJ’s days as a member of the Jackson 5, his ground-breaking theatrics in the 80s and his continued reign as the King of Pop into the 21st century.
The SA tour kicks off in Durban at Sibaya Casino on 14 December 2018, including a special New Year’s Eve performance, and runs through to 6 January 2019. The show then travels to Carnival City’s Big Top Arena in Boksburg for a special one-night only showcase on 11 January, before returning to Cape Town (for the first time since January 2017) at the Artscape Theatre from 17 January until 10 February 2019.
The Michael Jackson HIStory Show, which showcases all of MJ’s greatest and most popular hits performed live on stage, features 40 different customised costumes – 20 of which are for the MJ character alone. This time around fans will experience updated MJ costumes as well as new production elements incorporated into the show.
The main star of Michael Jackson HIStory Show is Johannesburg-born singer, Dantanio. He will be accompanied on stage by a live six-piece band, four backup dancers and a phenomenal lighting and effects team – which makes use of 160 moving lights and over 2 000 lighting cues – that will celebrate the memory of The King of Pop live on stage.
In 2014, Dantanio was scouted by the show’s director, Johnny Van Grinsven, to take on this challenging role.
“I can’t wait to entertain the South African audiences this summer. I am the ultimate MJ fan so to be able to perform every night on stage and share my passion for The King of Pop – along with other South African fans – is a real dream come true for me,” says Dantanio.
MJ fans can expect to dance and sing along to hits such as Billie Jean, Thriller, Smooth Criminal, Man in the Mirror, Black or White, Bad, ABC, Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough, Human Nature, Ben and many more hits.
About Dantanio in the Michael Jackson HIStory Show
Born to a gospel-singing family, Dantanio began singing and dancing at the age of nine, developing a vocal repertoire spanning pop, swing, jazz and reggae. He went on to create a diverse career in the entertainment industry including theatrical work, songwriting for contemporary pop stars and the release of two solo albums.
As a skilled impersonator specializing in Michael Jackson and Sammy Davis Jr., Dantanio has travelled the world, including London, USA, South Africa, Bahrain and Kenya, and counts Top Gear (Britain), Sun International, and Nedbank among his corporate clients.
Dantanio felt an affinity with Michael Jackson at an early age and his appreciation of Jackson’s dancing evolved into obsessive practice as he taught himself to emulate every detail of the pop star’s trademark dance style.
What: Michael Jackson HIStory Show
Where and when: Sibaya Casino, Durban from 14 December 2018 to 6 January 2019 / Carnival City Big Top Arena, Boksburg, 11 January / Artscape, Cape Town from 17 January to 12 February 2019