Sonny G. has put his blood, sweat, and tears into his tribute show honoring pop icon Michael Jackson.
He spent two or three hours a day going over films, TV performances, videos on MTV and VH1, and studying anything he could find on the King of Pop.
“I would tape-record everything, play it back and I would just watch it, watch it, watch it, and then I would go apply it and then I would record myself,” Sonny G said. “Of course, I hated everything at first. I just kept practicing, and I mean still if I watch myself sometimes I’m like that’s not good, but I keep perfecting it.”
When Sonny G puts on his Jackson-inspired outfits and grooms his hair like the icon, he “melts” into character. Albuquerque will get to witness the result during the King of Pop Resurrected: Theatrical Michael Jackson Experience on Saturday, Aug. 3, at the South Broadway Cultural Center.
“It really brings the choreography alive, and then memorizing it and knowing the cues,” he said. “And then writing the show and everything, and knowing when the fog cannons go or the CO2 blast or just a bunch of stuff. It’s a lot of choreography and a lot of placement where will I be walking to. So, now, when I go to the rehearsals – I do about four days a week – I go through the entire show, which is almost a two-hour show front to back, like it’s a live show in the studio and then I’ll do probably another hour on what didn’t work, what didn’t feel right, what’s not organic. I’ll just work on everything. It pretty much plays in my head like a movie when I’m doing it. I’ll just try to match it so much.”