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Celebrities to help Michael Jackson celebrate his solo flight 30 years ago

(ran GB edition)

Dozens of famous names will join Marlon Brando Sept 7 in New York's Madison Square Garden to celebrate Michael Jackson's 30th anniversary as a solo performer. The show will repeat Sept. 10.

Brando and Jackson have been close friends for more than 20 years.

At the show, Michael will be musically reunited with his brothers and will join 'N Sync to do Dancing Machine, will join Britney Spears on The Way You Make Me Feel and will sing with Whitney Houston a ballad they're keeping a secret.

Joining Brando will be Sean Connery, Muhammad Ali, Magic Johnson, Jennifer Jones, Vanessa Redgrave, Gregory Peck, Elizabeth Taylor and Liam Neeson.

The show will be taped for a later airing on CBS.

Also performing at one of the two shows, or both, will be, to mention only a few: Marc Anthony, Ray Charles, Deborah Cox, Gloria Estefan, Al Jarreau, Quincy Jones, Gladys Knight, Ricky Martin, Mya, Diana Ross, Jill Scott, Usher, Luther Vandross, Dionne Warwick and a 200-member gospel choir.

A contingent of celebrities will be flown in to see the shows and to join the performers after the first performance at a combination champagne dinner, dance and carnival at Tavern on the Green. Among those who have already accepted are Snoop Dogg, Liza Minnelli, Yoko Ono, Sean Lennon, Bijou Phillips, Master P, Reggie Miller, Dr. Dre, Chris Tucker, Jane Powell and Dick Moore, Willem Dafoe, Jane Russell, Kobe Bryant, Esther Williams, Ann Miller, Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott, Angie Dickinson and Mary J. Blige.

The shows are being produced and directed by David Gest.