November 9, 2009
Posted: 08:21 PM ET
There are certain things you’ll remember for your entire life. For me, Michael Jackson’s death is one of them. I was in Times Square when the news was flashed across the signs on ABC’s studio. The world stopped. Everybody stared. Mouths dropped open. Men and women cried. The King of Pop was as dead as a door-nail, weeks before he began a concert engagement that was supposed to yet again rejuvenate his career.
Kenny Ortega, the mastermind behind the “High School Musical” franchise, poured over hours of rehearsal footage and other materials to create “Michael Jackson’s This is It,” a concert documentary that now serves as a memorial to the fallen icon, who, in his last days, according to the media, couldn’t move and looked like death warmed over.
Except that, if videos prove anything at all, he didn’t. Okay, he was a little skinny and his voice was thin in certain places, but beyond that, the man on screen was as energetic and fierce as in the days of yore. Only once does he look tired, during “Thriller,” where he also visibly lip-syncs.
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