First of all, I'm sorry if there's already a similar topic; I couldn't fine one.
I was just watching someone's first reaction on MJ's This Is It rehearsals on YouTube and he seemed kind of amazed by how great it was. To a large extent I agree, because the rehearsal footage allowed us to witness once more how Michael worked in preparation of his shows. However, there are some elements I have questions about.
In the Billie Jean performance I noted that he had let go of certain dance routines that he did incorporate in previous performances (all his tours basically). To give an example, this lack is very obvious in Billie Jean in This Is It; although he keeps certain elements in and I believe that's some sort of recognition for the people who wanted to see the performances as they were back in the 80s and 90s.
Some people claimed Michael was confused, too fragile and in bad health to perform. But in my opinion he does not seem confused at all, as he said 'at least you get a feel of it'. It seems as if he was perfectly aware of what he was doing.
That brings me to the following. I wonder why Michael changed some of the dance routines, compared to other rehearsals (Dangerous Tour rehearsals). There are several questions I would have loved to ask Michael.
- Compared to other rehearsals, what was the reason for adding and leaving out certain dance elements/routines in the This Is It rehearsals?
- What was it like to get back to performing (or preparing to perform) with regard to singing (memorizing lyrics, etc.) and dancing (memorizing dance routines, physical demandingness)?
- Was it your intention to change certain dance routines in order to give the fans something new to look at? Or a combination of new and familiar moves, etc.?
Do you guys have other questions you would have loved to ask? And what do you think possible answers might have been? I do not intend to speculate, only to find realistic answers based on possible accounts of his team, interviews, etc. Hopes and expectations can be discussed as well.