Since the cast change was made (previous star, American Kenny Wizz, retired in 2014) the production has been inundated with positive feedback and pleas from South African fans wanting to see their new hometown hero in action.
Though there was clearly a reputation to uphold and a rigorous schedule of rehearsals ahead, Dantanio was already well prepared for his new role. A skilled dancer, composer and producer with vocal training that started in his gospel-influenced upbringing, Dantanio came with a formidable musical base.
Plus his own love for Michael Jackson was obvious, his dance and vocal career littered with MJ references stretching back to his childhood. "It's always been my dream and vision to star as MJ... he has given me so much joy and he is still teaching me today," says Dantanio.
The revamped production stays mostly true to its original concert format showcasing all MJ’s greatest hits live on stage, but with new songs added, costumes updated and innovative new production elements the show will be a fresh experience even for those who’ve seen it before.
The spectacular live concert experience that journeys through Michael Jackson’s beloved musical history including his early days as a member of the Jackson 5, his groundbreaking theatrics in the 80s and his continued reign as the King of Pop into the 21st century.
Date: 19-29 January 2017
Venue: Artscape Opera House
Tickets: R 190 – R390, available at Computicket