Michael Jackson story brought to life

Born to a Gospel-singing family in Kimberly, Dantanio Goodman began singing and dancing at the age of nine, developing a vocal repertoire spanning pop, R&B, swing, jazz and reggae. He went on to create a diverse career in the entertainment industry including specialising in impersonating Michael Jackson and Sammy Davis Jr. PICTURE: Dwayne Fredericks Photography

South African singer and entertainer, Dantanio Goodman will perform in Beat It – The Incredible Story of Michael Jackson from Wednesday July 12 to Saturday July 15 at the Star Theatre, at the Homecoming Centre in Buitenkant Street, District Six.

Written by Daniel Anderson, the production tells Jackson’s story through dance, with the help of the Jo Jackson Dance Co and Daphne Jubber Studio of Dance.

Goodman will be joined by Amyoli Mnqojana and Kirt Ruiters in the leading role.

Having gained popularity when working with Showtime Australia on The Michael Jackson History Show, Goodman has performed his Jackson tribute act around the world.

According to dance teacher Jo-anne Jackson, the show is not just a tribute show. “It is a story with the dancers playing actual characters who are dancing MJ’s life in front of the audience’s eyes.”

The music for Beat It – The Incredible Story of Michael Jackson is brought to life by an all-star live band, under the musical direction of Jacques du Plessis.

The show is at 7pm with a 2.30pm matinee on Saturday. Tickets are R300 each through Webtickets.