Show pays tribute to Michael Jackson

Published: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 12:21 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 12:21 p.m.

There has not been or probably will ever be an artist like King of Pop Michael Jackson, but "The Ultimate Thriller — A Tribute to Michael Jackson" in song and dance may be as close as it gets without Jackson.


Jackson impersonator Fabio Morda of Italy will perform in “The Ultimate Thriller — A Tribute to Michael Jackson.” (Special to the Guardian)



What: “The Ultimate Thriller — A Tribute to Michael Jackson.”

When: 7:30 p.m. July 12.

Where: Phillips Center, SW 34th Street and Hull Road.

Tickets: $10-$45; on sale now.

Information: Call 352-392-2787.

The show will take place at 7:30 p.m. July 12 at the Phillips Center on the University of Florida campus at SW 34th Street and Hull Road. Tickets are on sale now for $10-$45 by calling 352-392-2787 or online at

Todd Taylor, public relations associate at the Phillips Center, said the concert is based on Jackson's "Dangerous" and "Bad" concert tours and will feature such classic hits as "Billie Jean," "Beat It," "Black or White" and "Man in the Mirror."

The show also will include songs from the days when Jackson was a member of The Jackson 5, along with selected songs from the "Thriller" and "Off The Wall" albums. The lineup will feature Jackson impersonator Fabio Morda of Italy, four musicians, two background singers and four dancers.

"What makes it stand out are the people who were his people working behind the scenes, making sure it (the production) is authentic," said Amy Douglas, marketing director at the Phillips Center. "Their focus is quality."

The production is supported by LaVelle Smith Jr., choreographer and principal dancer for Jackson on the "Dangerous," "Bad" and "History" tours; Mic Thompson, a principal dancer for Jackson who can be seen on the "Dangerous" and "Ghosts" videos, and Michael Prince, a longtime recording and audio engineer of Jackson's television and live performances.

Douglas said "The Ultimate Thriller" is as authentic as it can get without Michael Jackson. "Michael Jackson set the bar so phenomenally high, there is no one like him before or since," said Douglas. "This is as close as it gets."

"The Ultimate Thriller" has toured worldwide in Moscow and in the U.S. in Denver and Ft. Lauderdale.

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