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MJ Live! at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino Review – A “Thriller” of a Show!

By Marilyn Anderson & Dennis L Lanning

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Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, was the most successful entertainer of all time according to the Guinness Book of World Records. His contributions to music, dance and fashion made him beloved by audiences all over the world for more than four decades. Sadly, his life was cut short.

Now, a visit to the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas gives everyone an opportunity to watch a talented Michael impressionist perform many of the hits that made him an idol. MJ Live! is a tribute show in Rio’s Crown Theatre that packs in audiences of all ages. And with good reason! When impersonator Michael Firestone first struts on stage, you’d think it was Michael himself!

Michael Firestone is a look-and-sound-a-like who puts on an exciting and energetic night of entertainment.  His resemblance to Jackson is remarkable. His musical numbers include Michael’s biggest hits, "Billie Jean," “Beat It," “Man in the Mirror, “Dangerous,” “Black & White,” “I Want You Back,” and of course – “Thriller.”

Firestone sounds so much like Jackson, you’ll wonder if its lip synced.  Actually, Michael Firestone is singing, and his voice and mannerisms are near perfect as the original. Firestone is one of only a few Michael Jackson tribute artists who can sing live while mastering the intense dance moves for which the King of Pop was known.

Firestone’s love of Michael Jackson began at a young age. He would practice his singing impressions and dance moves in front of a video camera in his living room. He wanted his vocal nuances and moonwalk to be perfect, and he has succeeded.

The MJ Live! extravaganza includes a group of talented back up performers who dance and sing their way through all the numbers, with tremendous energy and skill. They don costumes like Afro wigs from the early Jackson Five days to luminescent-striped outfits and even bloody zombie outfits for “Thriller.”

Michael Firestone works hard to make MJ Live! as authentic as possible. In addition to his demanding singing and dancing, Firestone has 12-15 costume changes to match his look to MJ’s in every song throughout the 90-minute performance. The lighting, props, and effects are all top notch, making MJ Live! a splendid night of music and dance that truly honors the memory of Michael Jackson.

The next time you’re in Las Vegas, Beat It to a Thriller of a show – MJ LIVE! at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.

Crown Theatre at theRio
3700W. Flamingo Road
Las Vegas,NV89103

Golden Circle Admission Show (Best Seating): $46.99 plus tax and fees
VIP Admission Show: $36.99 plus tax and fees
General Admission Show: $29.72 plus tax and fees
Kids12 or under are admitted FREE with every paid adult ticket.

Published on Oct 28, 2012

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