It’s a musical about a music legend. It’s a satire on his life. It’s a fun take on the different phases in the life of the King of Pop and his flaws.
An unauthorized Michael Jackson musical biopic titled For the Love of a Glove is running at The Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan Theatre in Los Angeles. The satire show gives viewers an different side of the legendary but controversial artists in a fun way.
- Does Michael Jackson deserves sympathy?
- Early days of Michael Jackson’s life.
- The dynamics of Jackson family.
What started as a TV project in 2005 after MJ was acquitted of the child molestation charge took 15 years to materialize. Written and directed by Julien Nitzberg, the show where MJ’s famous glove (played by Jerry Minor) narrates the story.
Bringing Sympathy to the Controversial King
Nitzberg recently went on record to explain how tough it was to bring out a sympathetic character based on MJ with bizarre controversies like “sleepovers with kids” perpetually attached to his name. Nitzberg derive an indirect way of making the story compelling and yet fun for the audience.
The musical’s storyline narrates that the controversies and weird stuff about MJ’s life was the result of an interaction with an alien who gave Jackson his “talent in exchange for feeding on his ‘virgin’ blood”. The fiction is about a shiny alien glove called Thrihil-Lha (take on MJ’s famous “Thriller” song) that bumps into Michael Jackson (Eric B. Anthony). The movie that takes a look at the life bizarre that was Jackson, but with the new tangent.
Black or White – Pure Absurd
Julien Nitzberg’s Michael Jackson Biopic For the Love of a Glove documents moments of Michael Jackson’s life from his early days as a family band Jackson 5. It starts by shedding light on the domestic abuse in his family, the struggle against white rival bands, and the racism that the King of Pop faced in his life.
The musical tells how Michael Jackson as the world knows him was a complete work of fiction presided over by Berry Gordy, the founder of Motown Records. The show tells the story with the help of puppetry.
The Jackson Family Dynamics
For the Love of a Glove delves into the stress that Michael inherited from his conservation Christian family dynamics. Suzanne Nichols plays MJ’s mom Katherine Jackson who even sings a song in the musical called “Don’t M*sturb*te”. Nitzberg suggests the absurdity is an effective was to tell the truth about the Jackson family.
The songs have “sexual innuendos” that aim to give viewers an “essence of who Michael was” – a lonely and isolated, highly-talented kid. While some fans criticized the musical for disrespecting the legacy of a legend, actor Eric B. Anthony assures that “none of that is happening in the show”.
In fact, the For the Love of a Glove musical will cast a new light on the quarter century of sexual abuse and molestation allegations that marred MJ for many. However, the show doesn’t intend to tear apart MJ’s legend. As Nitzberg says, “He’s the King of Pop. And theater usually deals with flawed kings, flawed gods, etc.”