Michael Jackson's Final Curtain Call
Now, the director and choreographer is releasing his most heartbreaking—and inspiring—project yet in honor of Michael Jackson, his friend of 25 years. Michael Jackson's This Is It is an unguarded look at the King of Pop's final days as he prepared for a series of comeback concerts in London. "We were about eight days away from leaving to London to do our final technical and dress rehearsals," Kenny says. "We were about three weeks from being ready."
The last time Kenny saw Michael was 14 hours before his death. He says working on the film has helped him begin to heal. "I didn't know that I could get through it. When the news first came of Michael's death, I had the hardest time," he says. "Being there with the material just gave greater value to the history that I shared with Michael, a greater importance to how lucky I was, honored to have him in my life."
In fact, Kenny says Michael outlasted dancers half his age. "It was as if he was the music," he says.
Despite reports that Michael was addicted to drugs, Kenny says he never saw any sign of drug abuse. "I saw fatigue at times, and he did have sleepless nights," he says. "I'd say: 'Michael, we need to get you to sleep. You need to be healthy. You need to take care of yourself.' He was like, 'I'm working on the record,' and he was being a dad, and then he would have these ideas for the show. So it just kept him up."
Though it's been an emotional journey, Kenny says he's honored to be able to pay tribute to the real Michael. "He's so present in the film," he says. "You can forget that he's still not with us."