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A “Thriller” of a Musical Spectacular Soars onto the Stage

TROY, OH (February 14, 2023) – On Saturday, March 4, 2023, at 7:00pm, MJ Live! soars onto the stage at the Arbogast Performing Arts Center in Troy, OH, for a musical spectacular honoring Michael Jackson, the quintessential King of Pop.

As the #1 Michael Jackson tribute show in the world, MJ Live! recreates the electrifying stage show of one of the greatest performers of all time. From iconic dance moves like the moonwalk to timeless hits like “Bad,” “Billie Jean,” “Thriller” and “Beat It,” the spot-on show brings all the Gloved One’s staples to life. Dazzling lighting and effects, plus the MJ Live! dancers and a live band, make this show a true spectacular fitting of the King of Pop.

Born in 1958 and raised in Gary, Indiana, as a member of one of the most acclaimed musical families that ever was, Michael Jackson began performing almost as soon as he could talk. Initially, he rose to fame as the youngest and arguably most talented of a group of brothers who called themselves the Jackson Five. He took the nation by storm as the front man of the Jackson Five at the young age of just five years old. At the age of 13, Michael Jackson launched a solo career in addition to performing with his brother and released a string of chart-topping albums throughout the 1970s. In 1982, Jackson struck gold with the release of his record-smashing album “Thriller,” which remains to this day the best-selling album of all time, selling over 70 million copies worldwide. Over the course of his career, Michael Jackson had a staggering 13 Number One hits, and sales of his music are estimated to be nearly $1 billion. Michael Jackson goes down in history as one of the best-selling artists of all time, and his fame and fortune have certainly earned him the notable nickname “The King of Pop.”

To honor such an icon as Michael Jackson is a dream come true for singer, dancer, and performer Jalles Franca. Brazilian-born Jalles Franca moved to the United States in the 1990s at the age of 16 to fulfill his dream of becoming a professional dancer. At the age of 21, Jalles began a seven-year residency as a performer, dancer, and percussionist at the Studio 54 Nightclub at the MGM Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

A longtime fan of The King of Pop, Jalles began imitating Michael Jackson’s signature dance moves during his routines at Studio 54 and various other venues around the Las Vegas area. Soon after Michael Jackson passed away in 2009, Jalles began dedicating his talents to paying tribute to the late superstar. Jalles has won numerous contests for “Best Michael Jackson Impersonator,” Best overall “look” and “Best Moonwalk.” Billing himself as “MJ The Legend,” Jalles has thrilled audiences with performances across the country in a show that lights up the marquis with the title MJ Live!

Relive the energy, excitement, spectacle and pure joy of this legendary superstar and his music when MJ Live! comes to the APAC this March.

The APAC cordially invites all guests to come dressed in your finest Michael Jackson attire to participate in a Costume Contest before the performance. One adult winner and one child winner of the Costume Contest will be chosen on the night of the performance.


Tickets prices for MJ Live! A Tribute to Michael Jackson at the APAC start at $15 and can be purchased at For more information or to order tickets to any APAC performances, call the Box Office at (937) 418-8392 or visit online at


About the Arbogast Performing Arts Center

The Arbogast Performing Arts Center, a 39,000 square foot performing arts venue located in Troy, Ohio, opened in October 2021. The creation of the APAC was made possible with a significant gift of $2 million from longtime Troy community residents and supporters, Dave and Linda Arbogast. The goal of the APAC is to bring added value to the greater Miami Valley area, including regional schools and community organizations, with enhanced programs in performing and visual arts. In its inaugural 2021-2022 Season, the APAC presented nine professional performances and welcomed over 6,500 attendees to its brand-new theater. Additionally, the APAC welcomed area school performances and events and offered its space in rental agreements to surrounding community organizations for their own private meetings and events. This dynamic venue will continue to provide numerous opportunities for the greater Miami Valley region to learn, gather, perform, and enjoy each other’s company and community. The enduring impact that this performing arts center will bring to the Greater Miami community and its residents will be felt in the educational opportunities, new forms of creative expression, positive economic benefits, and enhanced community pride it offers. The cultural enrichment promoted through a facility like the APAC, one dedicated to artistic pursuits, generates a lifetime of far-reaching benefits to the community and to the people it serves.

Arbogast Performing Arts Center

500 S. Dorset Rd.

Troy, OH 45373

Business Office/Box Office: (937) 418-8392

Business Hours: Monday - Friday 9-5 pm

Box Office Hours: Tuesday - Friday 12-4 pm

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