A new part-puppet musical is set to take the stage next year on the life of music icon Michael Jackson with a bizarre, dark twist.
In the play entitled For the Love of a Glove: An Unauthorized Musical Fable About the Life of Michael Jackson, As Told by His Glove, young Michael Jackson receives his pop star power and musical talent from a group of aliens shaped like bedazzled gloves, not so different that the ones the King of Pop wore for his concerts.
In the play, written by L.A.-based playwright and filmmaker Julien Nitzberg, the glove aliens crash in Jackson’s hometown of Gary, Indiana, and offer Jackson great success and fame but at a dark price: the blood of virgin boys.
A new part-puppet musical is set to take the stage next year on the life of music icon Michael Jackson getting his musical talent from alien gloves. At first it was reported that Johnny Depp and his production company was behind the play, but they have denied involvement in any way
The play, called For the Love of a Glove, shows Jackson getting his power from these alien gloves, not so different than the sparkly ones he wore for shows, that feed on the blood of virgin boys. It’s an unorthodox commentary on Jackson’s child sexual abuse allegations
‘It turns out, [the globe] can give people magical musical talent if it drinks their blood and has a part of their body inside it,’ Nitzberg, 54, said to the Hollywood Reporter. ‘But it can only feed on virgin boy blood.’
For the Love of a Glove is set to hit the stage at the Carl Sagan-Ann Druyan Theater at the Center for Inquiry on January 25, 2020
The gloves are portrayed as the outlandish reason for his alleged sexual abuse, as the singer is accused of molesting a slew of young boys, some at his Neverland mansion.
One glove attaches itself to young Michael Jackson who realizes he can’t feed all the aliens himself so he starts to bring other young boys home.
The play examine’s Jackson’s childhood growing up in a family of musicians while exploring themes of racism, religious oppression as he was raised as a Jehovah’s Witness, cultural appropriation and his rumored beef with singer Donny Osmond.
The show will see the characters, alien gloves and actors, portrayed by Japanese Bunraku-style puppets and also features 20 original songs.
Actor and comedian Jerry Minor of Saturday Night Love will play ‘The Glove’ named THRHIL-LHA. Actor Eric . Anthony, who starred in Lion King, will play Michael Jackson.
The play is written by L.A.-based playwright and filmmaker Julien Nitzberg
The play will take the stage at the Carl Sagan-Ann Druyan Theater at the Center for Inquiry in Los Angeles
Nitzberg said he first got the idea for the eccentric project 17 years ago when a TV network approached him about writing a Jackson biopic.
He says even back then when rumors about Jackson’s alleged abuse of children was swept under the rug, he wanted to address the allegations. And thus, the story of the rogue gloves was born.
Nitzberg says it’s more important now than ever to understand Jackson’s story, instead of ‘cancelling’ his legacy.
‘We should be in “process culture,” where we process how fucked up people are and understand what made them that way,’ he said.
‘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 fucked up stuff that affected Michael’s life,’ he added.
The allegations against Jackson were thrown into the Spotlight with the release of the documentary Leaving Neverland in which two men detail how Jackson abused them.
For the Love of a Glove is set to hit the stage at the Carl Sagan-Ann Druyan Theater at the Center for Inquiry on January 25, 2020.
Source: Daily Mail