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The world’s most loved MJ tribute is returning to New Zealand in 2016 with its revamped production and brand new star, Dantanio.

With two previous visits to NZ - the last in 2014 - the show has gathered a raft of loyal fans who have inundated the producers with pleas to bring the updated show down under ever since it launched in South Africa in early 2015.

It was welcome feedback for Director Johnny Van Grinsven who was unsure how a change of star would affect the show’s future (previous star Kenny Wizz retired in 2014).

‘Wizz was part of this show for almost five years so it was a big transition but our fans have been so supportive, and the reviews on Dantanio have been great,” says Van Grinsven.

Though there was clearly a reputation to uphold and a rigorous schedule of rehearsals ahead, South African-born Dantanio was already well prepared for his new role. A skilled dancer, composer and producer with vocal training that started in his gospel-influenced upbringing, Dantanio came with a formidable musical base. Plus his own love for Michael Jackson was obvious, his dance and vocal career littered with MJ references stretching back to his childhood.

The revamped production stays mostly true to its original concert format showcasing all MJ’s greatest hits live on stage, but with new songs added, updated costumes and innovative new production elements the show will be a fresh experience even for those who’ve seen it before.

The Michael Jackson HIStory Show tours selected venues nationally in 2016. Tickets go on sale 23 November 2016. Visit for ticketing and further information.



Born to a Gospel family, Dantanio began singing and dancing at the age of nine, developing a vocal repertoire spanning Pop, R’n’B, Swing, Jazz and Reggae. He went on to create a diverse career in the entertainment industry including theatrical work, songwriting for contemporary Pop stars and the release of two solo albums.

As a skilled impersonator specializing in Michael Jackson and Sammy Davis Jr., Dantanio has travelled the world, including London, USA, South Africa, Bahrain and Kenya, and counts Top Gear (Britain), Sun International, and Nedbank among his corporate clients.

In 2014 the coveted part of Michael Jackson opened up in one of the world’s biggest tribute shows - Showtime Management’s ‘The Michael Jackson HIStory Show’ - and Dantanio was scouted by the show’s Director to fill the challenging role.

Dantanio felt an affinity with Michael Jackson at an early age and his appreciation of Jackson’s dancing evolved into obsessive practice as he taught himself to emulate every detail of the Pop star’s trademark dance style. So good was his imitation that it resulted in his ejection from an amateur dance competition at age 16 because the judges believed him to be of a professional standard.

Coming ‘full circle’ from his beginnings as an inspired young MJ fan, Dantanio looks forward to honouring his idol with his role in The Michael Jackson HIStory Show.