Michael Jackson reigned as one of thebest-selling
solo music artists ever until his untimely death. He accumulated an estimated 1 billion in total sales worldwide, according to Billboard. However, not many people are aware the King of Pop topped Forbes’ list as the highest-earning dead celebrity for 10 of the 13 years since his demise in June 2009.
Without a doubt, Jackson’s legacy, music and dance have continued to live on through the years. Just ask longtime Las Vegas entertainer and ardent Jackson fan Jalles Franca, who landed here from Brazil more than 25 years ago in pursuit of his dream to become a professional dancer.
Following the death of Jackson, Franca devoted himself to meticulously re-creating the “Gloved One.” Fulfilling his dream in a very big way, the talented artist developed and now stars in the popular Strip production MJ Live: Michael Jackson Tribute Concert performing at Tropicana Las Vegas.
Thrilling audiences with his precision vocals and signature dance moves, as well as his striking resemblance and uncannily accurate mannerisms, Franca brings Jackson back to the stage and his adoring fans in true form.
To say he does justice to his hero downplays his incredible skills. His performances are entrancing and high-energy, and he has gained recognition around the world for best Michael Jackson impersonator, best overall look and best moonwalk. —Carla J. Zvosec
Tropicana Las Vegas, 7:30 p.m. Wed.-Mon., $69.40+; ticketmaster.com