Nazaria Hooks, 3, of Milwaukee, inspects a mounted otter up close during the Milwaukee County Zoo’s Behind the Scenes Weekend. The otter, having died of natural causes, serves as an educational tool. About 3,800 zoogoers toured areas not usually open to the public during the recent two-day event. Zoo Pride, the Zoological Society of Milwaukee’s volunteer auxiliary, led tours through the Zoo’s Commissary, underground Winter Quarters, elk barn, indoor hippo stalls, Aquatic & Reptile Center, and more. (Photo by Richard Brodzeller-Zoological Society of Milwaukee
Whitney Houston is seen performing on stage during the 2004 World Music Awards at the Thomas and Mack Center on September 15, 2004 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
by Mark Kennedy, Associated Press
New York (AP) — Some key figures who helped manage Michael Jackson’s career are teaming up to create a stage musical about the behind-the-scenes making of a superstar that producers call a cross between “Goodfellas” and “Dreamgirls.”
Producers Mark Lamica, Quincy Krashna, Jerry Greenberg, Raymond Del Barrio and Larry Hart will join forces to present “The Man,” a fictional show inspired by the rise of Jackson, Elvis Presley and Whitney Houston. The story will be told through the eyes of a manager.
“We want this project to be a compelling, gritty, entertaining tale, that tells the story of the price of fame in a new way,” said Lamica, who served as a partner with the late Frank Dileo, who was Jackson’s manager.
“The Man,” with a book by Lamica and Grammy Award-winning composer Hart, is expected to open in Las Vegas in late 2013. The show will have all original music and will follow the superstar from the 80s to 2005.
Greenberg was president of Jackson’s jointly owned record label with Sony Music for 11 years. Krashna is another Dileo partner who also worked with Jackson.
Lamica, in a statement, called the musical an “epic, music driven dramatic work” and said he is drawing widely from personal experiences. “This is a fictional template and story that, with some variation, fits a number of global celebrities,” he said.
Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.