Broadway Bound USA, a local musical theater youth organization, will celebrate Michael Jackson with a musical tribute full of singing and dancing Thursday evening.
The group of local fourth-through-eighth-graders will perform at Chapel Hill High School after months of hard work. The performance features hits such as "Beat It," "Rockin' Robin," "Human Nature" and "I Just Can't Stop Loving You."
Even though the music might hail from their parent’s generation, director Erin Dangler said she believes the younger generation still finds the King of Pop’s music fun, as well as relevant. She found that some fourth-graders have picked up the "Thriller" dance.
Choreographed dances, live instruments and costumes accompany the performance’s musical numbers. Professional guitar players will strum the songs while three cellists will play along to “Smooth Criminal.” The student’s costumes will reflect some of Jackson’s iconic looks from his decades of work.
“He’s a difficult person to imitate,” MeLinda Buleza said, the show’s costume designer and mother of one of the performers. “(We) give a nod to some more of his iconic looks through the years.”