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    Default Re: Julien Nitzberg Announces Musical FOR THE LOVE OF A GLOVE, An Unauthorized Musical Fable

    Quote Originally Posted by SilkySnare View Post
    It's like..."Yeah, of course his music is incredible, he was MICHAEL JACKSON!"
    But people forget that Michael had to become Michael Jackson. He was good with music, yeah. But to simply disregard all the hard work, practice and grinding that he actually had to put in...that is so much heasier than actually acknowledging his dedication and focus.
    This. People are always surprised when I tell them that MJ worked closely with a vocal coach for many years, to warm up for recording sessions, to expand his vocal range etc. He always worked on improving his craft. I wish more established artists would be that down-to-earth. Instead, many artists let their success get to their head, and when someone comes along who puts more effort into their work, they’re jealous.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ScreenOrigami View Post
    This. People are always surprised when I tell them that MJ worked closely with a vocal coach for many years, to warm up for recording sessions, to expand his vocal range etc. He always worked on improving his craft. I wish more established artists would be that down-to-earth. Instead, many artists let their success get to their head, and when someone comes along who puts more effort into their work, they’re jealous.
    I agree. He always worked with Seth Riggs right? I think it is is name. Just because he was Michael Jackson doesn't mean he didn't need anyone else. Like you said he always worked on his craft to become better and better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DifferentKindOfLady View Post
    I agree. He always worked with Seth Riggs right? I think it is is name. Just because he was Michael Jackson doesn't mean he didn't need anyone else. Like you said he always worked on his craft to become better and better.
    Yup, Seth Riggs. Look him up on YouTube, there are some really good videos about the speech level singing technique that he popularized.

    EDIT: It’s a bit off topic, but here’s a good one.

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    Default Re: Julien Nitzberg Announces Musical FOR THE LOVE OF A GLOVE, An Unauthorized Musical Fable

    I hope someone learns something from this.

    ....

    Nah, who are we kidding.

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    Default Re: Julien Nitzberg Announces Musical FOR THE LOVE OF A GLOVE, An Unauthorized Musical Fable

    Johnny Depp's Michael Jackson Musical Will Blame Sex Abuse on "Virgin Boy Blood" Glove



    The L.A. production 'For the Love of a Glove' is a part-puppet show in which the late singer's alleged history of child sex abuse is blamed on a glove-shaped alien forcing Jackson to feed on boys.

    Michael Jackson, of all people, seems to be making a comeback. The late and controversial pop star is about to get his own Broadway show (MJ: The Musical, set to open July 6 with Ephraim Sykes in the lead role) as well as a biopic (producer Graham King has been working with Jackson's estate and scribe John Logan). And now, Johnny Depp and his company Infinitum Nihil are producing an L.A. stage play about the King of Pop … or, rather, his famous glove.

    Written by L.A. playwright and filmmaker Julien Nitzberg, For the Love of a Glove tells the story of what happens after a group of aliens shaped like bedazzled gloves crash-land in Jackson’s hometown of Gary, Indiana. “It turns out, [the glove] can give people magical musical talent if it drinks their blood and has part of their body inside of it,” Nitzberg, 54, tells Rambling Reporter. “But it can only feed on virgin boy blood.”

    Naturally, one alien glove attaches itself to a young Michael Jackson, who eventually learns that he can’t feed all five alien gloves himself, so he starts bringing boys home.

    Nitzberg describes the musical as a layered look at the entire landscape of Jackson’s life including themes of racism, religious oppression (Jackson was raised a Jehovah’s Witness), cultural appropriation and a reported rivalry with Donny Osmond, who was accused of copying Jackson’s ensembles and photo shoots. He's also quick to point out that the production — set to open Jan. 25, 2020, at the Carl Sagan-Ann Druyan Theater inside the Center for Inquiry on West Temple Street — is not a jukebox musical; rather, it contains 20 original songs and will feature Japanese Bunraku-style puppets.

    Actor and comedian Jerry Minor (Saturday Night Love, Mr. Show) takes on the title role of THRHIL-LHA (aka, the Glove) with Eric B. Anthony (The Lion King) starring as Jackson. Additional characters in the show will include other members of The Jackson 5, Osmond, Emmanuel Lewis (star of TV's Webster), Corey Feldman and Bubbles the Chimp.

    Nitzberg explains that the seed of the project was planted 17 years ago when he was approached by a TV network he declines to name to write a Jackson biopic. Even then, he refused to do a sanitized version that didn’t address the child abuse allegations so a deal was never made. Instead, he hatched the plan for a fictionalized take involving the rogue gloves.

    As for how Depp got involved, his production company, Infinitum Nihil, had been working with Nitzberg on a biopic of ukulele player Tiny Tim, and when that fell through Nitzberg pitched his glove story.

    The show’s producers are Leigh Crawford, Depp, Sam Sarkar, Tony Jones, Betsy Zajko and Burk Zanft. Crawford and Zanft are the sole investors with Nitzberg handling directing duties based on his own book and lyrics. Composers are Drew Erickson, Nicole Morier and Max Townsley with musical director Christopher Moscatiello. The production designer is Andrea Keller and costumes are by Ann Closs-Farley. Robin Walsh is lead puppet designer and puppet director.

    Nitzberg says now is the time to process Jackson’s story rather than cancel his legacy. “We should be in 'process culture,' where we process how ****ed up people are and understand what made them that way,” he explains. “I think there’s a collective trauma of everyone who grew up as a Jackson 5 fan and a Michael fan. This is a way to process that in a fun way while helping people understand all of the really ****ed up stuff that affected Michael’s life.”

    December 04, 2019 7:00am PT by Chris Gardner

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    Default Re: Julien Nitzberg Announces Musical FOR THE LOVE OF A GLOVE, An Unauthorized Musical Fable

    ^ UPDATE:
    Looks like Depp has spoken up at last....


    Update Dec. 4, 12:07 p.m.: An earlier version of the story listed Johnny Depp and his production company Infinitum Nihil as producers of For the Love of a Glove. There is currently a dispute over credits and a rep for Depp says that he and his company are not producing and not involved in any way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by myosotis View Post
    ^ UPDATE:
    Looks like Depp has spoken up at last....
    Thanks. I had hoped that this would happen, that’s why I included the timestamp.
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    Johnny Depp's Michael Jackson Musical Will Blame Sex Abuse on "Virgin Boy Blood" Glove



    The L.A. production 'For the Love of a Glove' is a part-puppet show in which the late singer's alleged history of child sex abuse is blamed on a glove-shaped alien forcing Jackson to feed on boys.

    Michael Jackson, of all people, seems to be making a comeback. The late and controversial pop star is about to get his own Broadway show (MJ: The Musical, set to open July 6 with Ephraim Sykes in the lead role) as well as a biopic (producer Graham King has been working with Jackson's estate and scribe John Logan). And now, Johnny Depp and his company Infinitum Nihil are producing an L.A. stage play about the King of Pop … or, rather, his famous glove.

    Written by L.A. playwright and filmmaker Julien Nitzberg, For the Love of a Glove tells the story of what happens after a group of aliens shaped like bedazzled gloves crash-land in Jackson’s hometown of Gary, Indiana. “It turns out, [the glove] can give people magical musical talent if it drinks their blood and has part of their body inside of it,” Nitzberg, 54, tells Rambling Reporter. “But it can only feed on virgin boy blood.”

    Naturally, one alien glove attaches itself to a young Michael Jackson, who eventually learns that he can’t feed all five alien gloves himself, so he starts bringing boys home.

    Nitzberg describes the musical as a layered look at the entire landscape of Jackson’s life including themes of racism, religious oppression (Jackson was raised a Jehovah’s Witness), cultural appropriation and a reported rivalry with Donny Osmond, who was accused of copying Jackson’s ensembles and photo shoots. He's also quick to point out that the production — set to open Jan. 25, 2020, at the Carl Sagan-Ann Druyan Theater inside the Center for Inquiry on West Temple Street — is not a jukebox musical; rather, it contains 20 original songs and will feature Japanese Bunraku-style puppets.

    Actor and comedian Jerry Minor (Saturday Night Love, Mr. Show) takes on the title role of THRHIL-LHA (aka, the Glove) with Eric B. Anthony (The Lion King) starring as Jackson. Additional characters in the show will include other members of The Jackson 5, Osmond, Emmanuel Lewis (star of TV's Webster), Corey Feldman and Bubbles the Chimp.

    Nitzberg explains that the seed of the project was planted 17 years ago when he was approached by a TV network he declines to name to write a Jackson biopic. Even then, he refused to do a sanitized version that didn’t address the child abuse allegations so a deal was never made. Instead, he hatched the plan for a fictionalized take involving the rogue gloves.

    As for how Depp got involved, his production company, Infinitum Nihil, had been working with Nitzberg on a biopic of ukulele player Tiny Tim, and when that fell through Nitzberg pitched his glove story.

    The show’s producers are Leigh Crawford, Depp, Sam Sarkar, Tony Jones, Betsy Zajko and Burk Zanft. Crawford and Zanft are the sole investors with Nitzberg handling directing duties based on his own book and lyrics. Composers are Drew Erickson, Nicole Morier and Max Townsley with musical director Christopher Moscatiello. The production designer is Andrea Keller and costumes are by Ann Closs-Farley. Robin Walsh is lead puppet designer and puppet director.

    Nitzberg says now is the time to process Jackson’s story rather than cancel his legacy. “We should be in 'process culture,' where we process how ****ed up people are and understand what made them that way,” he explains. “I think there’s a collective trauma of everyone who grew up as a Jackson 5 fan and a Michael fan. This is a way to process that in a fun way while helping people understand all of the really ****ed up stuff that affected Michael’s life.”

    December 04, 2019 7:00am PT by Chris Gardner

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    https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/ra...-glove-1259149
    I don't know but to me this sounds like they are teasing MJ. Its such a nonsense story. To me that doesn't make any sense.

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    Default Re: Julien Nitzberg Announces Musical FOR THE LOVE OF A GLOVE, An Unauthorized Musical Fable

    Even an 'anti -MJ' journalist has written negatively about this production. (and all the comments below the article currently seem to be from Mj fans and supporters).

    Big Nope to a Michael Jackson Musical Where His Glove Is an Alien That Feeds on Young Boys’ Blood

    Negative and uninformed article, but it ends:

    I would be lying if I didn’t say a part of me isn’t intrigued, but I’m more the kind of intrigued as to whether or not something smells bad and then you smell it and go, “Yeah, that smells bad. Why did I do this?” so let’s hope this stops before it even begins.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ScreenOrigami View Post
    Scroll up a little. It appears that Depp has just denied being involved in this. Let’s give him the benefit of the doubt until we know for sure.
    He can't deny being involved....it's HIS production company. Plus...it wasn't he who issued the denial, it was his publicist, or PR person, who could just as easily be trying to avoid the wrath of MJ fans.

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    "we knew that the sanctioned other Michael Jackson projects were probably going to ignore that aspect of his life while we had it as a major element."

    Yep. I think I've read all I need to know about this "musical".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikky Dee View Post
    He can't deny being involved....it's HIS production company. Plus...it wasn't he who issued the denial, it was his publicist, or PR person, who could just as easily be trying to avoid the wrath of MJ fans.
    My understanding is that they’re denying the involvement of his production company also. Either way, that “musical” is at the very least in poor taste and shouldn’t get more attention than it already has.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DifferentKindOfLady View Post
    I don't know but to me this sounds like they are teasing MJ. Its such a nonsense story. To me that doesn't make any sense.
    Lowbrow insensitive trash wanting to look like highbrow "satire", combined with a publicity stunt using Depp's name (and MJ's of course, but that's not news).

    Unfortunetly their dirty trick worked, as per TSCM: "Soon after the headlines hit, their initial shows sold out. It definitely worked to their benefit. In the early media interviews, Nitzberg said he once talked w/ Depp's company about a different biopic that never happened, and then told "an exec" about his MJ idea. That's it."


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    Default Re: Julien Nitzberg Announces Musical FOR THE LOVE OF A GLOVE, An Unauthorized Musical Fable

    Quote Originally Posted by Mikky Dee View Post
    He can't deny being involved....it's HIS production company. Plus...it wasn't he who issued the denial, it was his publicist, or PR person, who could just as easily be trying to avoid the wrath of MJ fans.
    Did you read what it says? Neither him or his production company are involved.

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