We were there waiting for Michael at the rehearsal.
The night before he had said, "I'll see you tomorrow,
and I love you all."
He was very happy.
We were rehearsing a big moment of the show that Michael was really excited about: an illusion we had designed together with one of David Copperfield's illusion builders.
It was a big day for us. We had two incredible rehearsals the night before where Michael had stepped it up. There was a whole new energy in the room.
"The day that Michael died, we were waiting for him to come
in to block him into 'Dirty Diana,' which was at the end of
'Dirty Diana' he stepped into an illusion and before your eyes
went up in smoke and then suddenly appeared completely on the
other side of the stage rising up on the cherry picker and out
over to the audience for 'Beat It.'
He was really looking forward to it. The night before,
he had said to me he was very happy.
He saw the dream coming to light on the stage.
The only thing he wanted me to say to anybody creatively,
dancers, creative team was, 'I love them.
Everybody’s doing a great job.
I love you, Kenny.
I’ll see you tomorrow. Thank you.'"
"He left, and we were invigorated. We came back that next
day and we were all up on the stage really excited working
with our illusion makers, working with our technicians.
We had our aerialist, Danielle, on the stage and Tony Testa
- one of our associate choreographers - was standing in for Michael.
It was just like we were getting everything ready for him to walk
in and step into what was going to be one of his favorite days
because he loved illusion.
When we discovered that, in fact, everything stopped."
JUNE 25th 2009 THE ILLUSION BEGAN THIS IS IT !!!