Eric Jones and Hugh Copeland knew they couldn’t go wrong with the idea: a blowout tribute to Michael Jackson.
A smaller show the performer and artistic director of The Hurrah Players produced in 2010 was a huge success. So they added more dancers, bigger sets, better lighting and props for this weekend’s tribute to the late King of Pop.
The trickiest aspect of creating “The Magic and Music of Michael,” though, is turning EJ – Eric’s nickname – into MJ.
It has taken hours of dissecting MJ’s dance moves, voice and various nuances on the part of the 25-year-old Jones, and the steady hand of makeup artist Raymond Dimaano.