Michael Starring Ben Photo: Geoff Ford

Michael Starring Ben – Great Songs, Iconic Dances, Meticulous Attention To Detail

by Geoff Ford

It must be a daunting challenge, trying to emulate a star that shone as brightly as Michael Jackson’s. The King Of Pop was the ultimate showman and a true perfectionist, so it was going to take a strong performance from Ben Bowman in Michael Starring Ben to give me a sense of what it would have been like to see Jackson in the flesh. I caught up with the latest tour that has just visited Newcastle, Barrow, Harrogate, Liverpool, Hull and Bradford.

Michael Starring Ben Photo: Geoff Ford
Michael Starring Ben Photo: Geoff Ford

Ben has been honing his craft for over ten years and, with his highly talented five-piece band featuring Luke Capon (bass guitar, backing vocals), Sam Woods (guitar, backing vocals), Pete Wheeler (drums) and vocalist Emma Devine together with three dancers, this is the closest one will now get to the real thing. Now, although I don’t profess to be a Michael Jackson fan, I admire his talent and artistic drive to create something exceptional in the world of entertainment. I trust, then, that to do justice to Jackson’s legacy the dance routines have been meticulously studied and are executed with the greatest attention to detail. The reaction of those around me said it all, this was spot on!

Michael Starring Ben takes you on a journey through many of Jackson’s hits opening with, the relatively modestly successful, Wanna Be Starting Something, In The Closet and Another Part of Me, before shifting gear with showstoppers Blame It On The Boogie and Don’t Stop Till You get Enough. The dance tempo has increased and some of the fans are on their feet.