The fall lineup, reflecting some of the most requested acts in
Speaking two weeks before the current Legends roster bids farewell to summer, ushers in a new lineup of artists for fall, Lucas said he always likes to celebrate the anniversary of Jackson's birthday. Portraying the late King of Pop, whom he admired as a childhood fan, Lucas sees his professional role as adding "more light to his legacy."
"I always wanted to do something to keep his legacy alive," said Lucas about Jackson, who died in
He remembered studying footage closely of Jackson on and off stage, "his whole style in how he carried himself, and his mannerisms."
Lucas figured that he watched videos "every single day for four to six hours a day for five to six months," and the studies continue. Joining Legends in 2009, starting with its
When Legends reopened in
'A part of me'
Lucas said performing as Jackson -- and triggering memories for fans -- "has become a part of me, but I'm not
Lucas said with Jackson's extensive musical catalog, going back to his roots with the Jackson 5 on
From the "Off the Wall" album in 1979, Lucas said he would love to do "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" in a show and conquer that "vocal range." He called the song that closes the first side of the vinyl LP, "Get on the Floor," an "amazing" piece as well.
With Legends, two singles from Jackson's album three years later, "Billie Jean" and "Thriller," the title track, remain mainstays "without question" in his set, Lucas said, because they're among Jackson's most recognizable recordings and music video hits from
Lucas sees "Thriller" as "by far, the most iconic and most unbelievable album," and he never can forget the "Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever" concert and TV special in 1983 where Jackson performed "Billie Jean" with his trademark "moonwalk," sliding his feet backward in one fluid dance motion.
Noting he had read that hundreds of songs were considered for the "Thriller" CD, Lucas said three of its hits -- "Beat It," "Human Nature" and "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)" -- were not part of original plans for the album.
Jackson's next CD, "Bad," from 1987, with singles such as "The Way You Make Me Feel," "Dirty Diana" and "Smooth Criminal," captivated Lucas for the style and outfits, as he has exhibited here with Legends with a four-piece band and four dancers.
Dressing the part a few years ago -- including fitting the wig, lipstick, arched eyebrows, and makeup and lipstick just right -- Lucas said at first, the process took about one hour and 20 minutes, but he has streamlined the routine to about "35 to 40 minutes."
"Everything about the 'Bad' era was it for me," said Lucas, a golfer who would love to return to Legends for a third straight summer in
"I'm always on the course, playing," he said.
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