ECCENTRIC American celebrity David Gest (pictured left at September’s in Blackpool) says he will be bringing his latest production to the resort next year.
Last in town two years with a music revue of disco stars this time he will be teaming up with Tito Jackson, Rebbie Jackson and Deniece Williams for a show called A Jackson Named Michael which is due to tour the UK next March.
Produced by David Gest and directed by Andrew Eastel the show will honouring the pop icon’s life with a combination of narrative, music and never-before-told details about Michael Jackson and his phenomenal career.
Williams, a Jackson family friend for nearly five decades, grew up near the Jackson family home in Gary, Indiana.
She will perform a number of her hit tunes along with Rebbie Jackson, who made the top 10 in the US with Centipede, which was produced by her brother Michael.
Tito Jackson will perform some of the classic Jackson 5 and the Jacksons hits.
The setting for each show will be intimate with just a trio, pianist and movie screen, while the stage itself will be adorned with classic images of Michael Jackson.
There will also be a question and answer session with the audience.
“The majority of the show that we will put on in Blackpool will be reminiscences and stories about Michael that the public has never heard,” says Gest. “I will also unveil a treasure trove of film clips that were not included in my upcoming film.
“I have more than five hours of unseen footage and 30 minutes of rare Katherine Jackson footage of her reminiscing about Michael growing up in Gary as well as stories about all her kids.
“I came up with the idea for the tour after completing my documentary Michael Jackson: The Life of an Icon which Universal Pictures will release on October 31 in the UK.
Tito Jackson adds: “I’m really looking forward to this tour and being close up with the fans.
“To see the four of us on stage will be a blast and we all have so many funny and wonderful stories about Michael that will leave the crowd laughing, crying and spellbound all at the same time.
“David has just shot some new footage that is not included in the Universal Pictures DVD that the fans will love to see as well as some special family things I have found that were in storage. I’m also hoping my mother can come and see a couple of the shows.” The tour will run across the whole of the UK and is due to commence in March followed by dates throughout Europe and then Australia.
A specific date and Blackpool venue have yet to be confirmed, Gest added.