- Posted October 28, 2009 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
"This Is It"
MICHAEL JACKSON PREMIERE IN NEW YORK CITY
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FANS NOT DETERRED BY RAIN AS 'THIS IS IT' OPENS IN NEW YORK CITY
Michael Jackson came to life for two mesmerizing hours as the much anticipated movie 'This Is It' opened at midnight in theaters around the country. In the New York City theater this iReporter attended, Brad, the manager (who asked that only his first name be used) reported that five hundred and sixty-two seats were filled by fans eager to see their idol one more time.
Interviewed before the movie started, Karen Menardy, dressed head to toe in Jackson fashion, said that she had been looking forward to seeing him in concert before his untimely death. She said she had heard many good things about the movie and the director and could hardly wait to see it and that she thought it would prove to be a fitting tribute to her idol.
Also before the movie, actress Gina Tuttle excitedly exchanged text messages with her friend in California, former Chic member Niles Rogers, as he kept her informed of his reactions to what he was seeing at the LA premiere he was attending.
There were cheers from an audience that ranged in age from the very young to the middle aged as the movie began. But the cheers died quickly as the audience watched in what can almost be described as reverence. Yes, there were cheers as Michael came on strutting his stuff. Shouts of 'Go Michael' would occassionally punctuate the theater. The most interesting thing, for this iReporter, was to see how deeply the audience appreciated and understood Jackson's genius, not just a musician, but as a producer, director and choreographer. Cheers, laughter and applause broke out everytime Michael directed a dance move, asked for a musical arrangement, or subtley told the director what he wanted, as Michael quietly put it 'with love'. That remark drew cheers and laughter too.
After the movie, Angela Herrera commented that she had not known what to expect, as she was not a Jackson fan and had accompanied her boyfriend to the movie. " I had always thought that he might not be such a nice person. What surprised me the most was what a kind person Michael Jackson showed himself to be in this film", she said.
Kenny Ortega is to be commended for putting together a brilliant movie that matches the brilliance and genius of the man that inspired it. I have three words for everyone, 'go see it'.
Pictured are some of the attendees of the movie who agreed to speak to this iReporter. That story and their interviews follows filed as a video iReport.
Pictures: 1. Karen Menardy
2. Gina Tuttle
3. Matthew Staley
4. Karen Menardy, Tiffanydenise Gibran Malik talk about the movie
5. Angela Herrera and Eric Cardona
6. Theater Manager, 'Brad'