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Invincible: A Glorious Tribute to Michael Jackson

Friday, June 21, 2024 @ 8:00pm

Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC)
100 South Street, Morristown, NJ 07960

Invincible authentically captures the spirit and essence of experiencing a Michael Jackson performance, featuring music from the early Jackson 5 days to the heights of his career as a solo performer. This multimedia spectacle features choreography by longtime Michael Jackson collaborator Lavelle Smith, Jr., and a cast of over a dozen musicians and dancers.

This year, the Invincible show in addition to featuring his greatest hits such as Billie Jean, Beat It, Smooth Criminal, Thriller and more will feature routines that were created but never toured, featuring the song selection and dance routines that Michael Jackson never had the opportunity to bring to the national stage – featured alongside your favorite greatest hit songs and dances that MJ fans have come to love.

Invincible will delight fans with additional routines Michael rehearsed for the HBO special One Night Only. Also, the audience will be introduced to tunes from the Jackson 5 that never aired and/or were never performed live. Invincible features choreography by longtime MJ choreographer and dancer, Lavelle Smith Jr.

The time is NOW, the place is here, and there are always surprises when the show is Invincible. So get your tickets, bring the entire family, dress in your best MJ outfit, and come celebrate the life and times of the legendary Michael Jackson!

Created, produced and directed by Bessie Award winner Darrin Ross of RossLive Entertainment.

DARRIN ROSS (Creator, Director, Producer)

Darrin has been producing and directing performances for over 32 years. Ross started by producing and engineering songs with Jam On Productions in 1984. This led to various television and record productions which eventually included owning his own record label, I.Q. Records. He has recently completed the score and sound design for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s Beyond The Steps PBS Documentary, and for its ballets LAZARUS, Love Stories and Reminiscin, along with sound design and composition for Suzan Lori Parks TopDog/Underdog.

Ross is the recipient of a 2001 New York Dance & Performance Award (Bessie) for his music composition and soundscape for Rome and Jewels. Ross has worked with and established many artists in the industry such as Jazzy Jeff, Newcleus, Doug E. Fresh, Freeway, King Britt, Kim Waters, The Roots, Bahamadia and many more. His sound design and composition credits include Funkedified, Lifted, Heaven, Facing Mekka, Rome and Jewels, LOW, Prince Scarecrow’s road to the Emerald city, The Kimmel Center Presents, Philadanco :The Philadelphia Experiment, Same Spirit Different Movement, Impossible Izzpossible, Evolution, Champions of the Dance, BREAK! The Urban Funk Spectacular, King Michael, Fallen Crumbs from the Cake, Cool Heat Urban Beat, BREAK! and Skate, The Pennsylvania Ballet, The Memphis Ballet, The Colorado Ballet, Hot Mouth, Love American Style, Maurice Hines’ Hot Feet, The Kennedy Center Honors, Carols in Color, We Dance to Inspire and numerous dance theater work Ross is currently touring his production Invincible: A Glorious Tribute to Michael Jackson. Ross is president of RossLive Entertainment.

Lavelle Smith Jr.  (Creative Consultant/ Choreographer)

As a choreographer, Lavelle Smith, Jr., has created the steps that grabbed our attention for decades. He has worked with many artists such as Michael and Janet Jackson, Rihanna, Chris Brown, The Rolling Stones, TLC, En Vogue, Destiny’s Child, Teena Marie, Diana Ross, Rod Stewart and numerous others. Lavelle is known for making movement a part of everything we see. He is also a five-time winner of the MTV Video Music Award for “Best Choreography” in 1992 for “My Lovin’;” 1993 for “Free Your Mind,” 1994 for “What a Man,” 1995 for “Scream” and 2003 for Beyoncé’s “Crazy in Love.”   Mr. Smith is also a two-time recipient of the Music Video Producers Award for “Outstanding Choreography.”  He is cited as one of the youngest inductees into the “Gallery of Greats” and has received numerous other award nominations, including an Emmy and a Bob Fosse Award for “Best Choreography.”  He has also been inducted into the DuPont Manuel Hall of Fame.

Lavelle was recently seen on the television shows Move like Michael Jackson and Better Than. He appeared in the documentary on Dance in Old Hollywood.  He has been seen twice as a guest on the Piers Morgan Show on CNN in respect to his being a longtime friend to Michael Jackson for over 23 years. Currently Lavelle is at the top of his game collaborating and doing workshops and lectures.  He mentors  new artists sharing his immense knowledge of working with the King of Pop.

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