‘MJ Live’ Michael Jackson tribute concert brings iconic music and moves to Saenger Theater

A tribute concert to the “King of Pop” brings Michael Jackson’s iconic music and dance moves to the Saenger Theater this Friday and Saturday.

Touted as the “No. 1 Michael Jackson tribute concert in the world,” “MJ Live” features some of Michael Jackson’s biggest hits. Fans can sing along to some of the late pop star’s smash songs including “Bad,” “Billie Jean,” “Man in the Mirror,” “Thriller,” “Dangerous,” “Smooth Criminal,” “Black & White,” “I Want You Back” and many others.

Photo courtesy: MJ Live via Facebook

Fans can relive the energy, excitement, spectacle and pure joy of this legendary superstar and his music. The show also comes along with some awesome sound, lighting and effects.  Plus, the MJ Live band and dancers are also expected to bring some serious energy to the performance.

Entertainer and professional dancer Jalles Franca takes on the role of Jackson. Franca moved to the United States from Brazil at the age of 16 to become a professional dancer in Las Vegas, according to the event’s main website.

Franca pays tribute to Jackson as the “Best Michael Jackson impersonator,” Best overall “Look” and “Best Moonwalk” for the past eight years. Franca holds the title as the Official MJ tribute artist for “Thriller Villa,” at Michael Jackson’s preserved Las Vegas mansion. MJ Live receives standing ovations in theaters across the country.

Photo courtesy: MJ Live via Facebook

The children-friendly show will also feature a “Children’s Michael Jackson Dance Contest,” which will be a people’s choice award. To register for the Michael Jackson Children’s Dance Contest, go to www.jerusalemshriners.com.

Jerusalem Shriners, a local charity since 1918, is promoting this event for their “Fundraiser of the Year”.

Tickets for the show start at $40 and can be purchased via the Saenger Theatre Box Office, ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000.  The box office, located at 1111 Canal St., is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All tickets subject to applicable service charges and fees.

For more information, please visit saengernola.com.

Created in partnership with Jerusalem Shriners