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The greatest show that never was

  • Sara Veal

    Contributor

Jakarta   /   Sun, November 1 2009   /  11:57 am

Michael Jackson's death on June 25 this year was all the more poignant in that it was less than three weeks before he was to begin a series of 50 concerts. The concerts scheduled to take place at The O2 arena in London would be his "final curtain call". It would have been his first significant concert event since his 1997 HIStory world tour, and despite the ugly controversies that have dogged him since then, the public responded with wild enthusiasm and all 50 concerts were sold out in record-smashing time. So it's no surprise that Anschutz Entertainnment Group (AEG) Live, the concert organizers, decided to cobble together a concert film from the footage of Jackson rehearsing for the concert, which was reportedly meant for the star's personal archives. Michael Jackson's This is It, "directed" by Jackson's choreographer Kenny Ortega (Dirty Dancing, High School Musical)...