Review On FOR THE LOVE OF A GLOVE: An Unauthorized Musical Fable About The Life Of Michael Jackson...As Told By His Glove


Stephen Fife

Writer, Non-Registered Critics


Of course, the subject of Michael Jackson couldn’t be more controversial, especially in the wake of HBO’s documentary Leaving Neverland. All I can say (having written The 13th Boy, my own story of being sexually molested) is that Nitzberg has found a very clever way of raising the subject without in any way diminishing its importance...

The cast is outstanding, with Anthony and Jerry Minor (as the Glove) leading the way. Andrew Ableson as the alien leader and Ogie Banks as money-obsessed Joe Jackson are wonderful, and Suzanne Nichols gives Katherine Jackson just the right balance of moral conviction and emotional suppression. But the revelation here is Eric Anthony, who dazzles as Michael. It is not simply that his singing, dancing and acting are top-notch, but that the Michael he creates is so real, so poignant, and in no way an imitation. - RECOMMENDED

Steve is a 5-tool writer (plays, screenplays, novels, poetry, journalism) who has had 11 books published, 10 plays produced, and has written for the New York Times “Arts & Leisure”, Village Voice, New Republic, and many others. He is one of the few people on the planet who can lay claim to spending time with Lee Strasberg, Stella Adler, Sandy Meisner, Allen Ginsberg, Andy Warhol, and Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, as well as so many other extraordinary people who refused to color inside the lines. He is always on the lookout for the original and the incisive.