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Kenny Ortega

Kenneth John "Kenny" Ortega (born April 18, 1950) is an American producer, director, and choreographer, best known for directing the High School Musical trilogy and Michael Jackson's This Is It concert tour. Ortega was born in Palo Alto, California, the son of Madeline, a waitress, and Octavio "Tibby" Ortega, a factory worker from Redwood City. His grandparents were from Spain. Initially known for working with dancer and choreographer Gene Kelly on the film Xanadu, Ortega went on to choreographing the dance for the Menudo video "Hold Me", as well as the 1987 film Dirty Dancing, and has won awards for choreography in music videos, such as Madonna's "Material Girl". He also worked with The Tubes on their stage shows and directed the video for She's a Beauty. Ortega directed Billy Squier's "Rock Me Tonite" video, which is often cited as the worst music promo clip ever made and has been blamed by Squier for killing his career. Together with Michael Jackson, he created and designed the Dangerous World Tour 1992-1993 and the HIStory World Tour 1996-1997. He has also choreographed events ranging from Super Bowl XXX, the 72nd Academy Awards, the 1996 Summer Olympics (Atlanta) and the 2002

Conrad Murray:  Michael Jackson Hired Me and Hated AEG

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Michael Jackson -- NOT AEG -- hired Dr. Conrad Murray and MJ actually kept AEG at complete arms length on issues of medical treatment, because he felt a bunch of snakes ran the concert promotion… READ MORE >

Michael Jackson Producer Kenny Ortega:  Michael Was Responsible for His Life ... and Death

MJ Producer Kenny Ortega
MJ Controlled His Life And His Death

The man who skippered Michael Jackson's "This Is It" rehearsals blamed the pop star for the predicament that led to his death.Kenny Ortega, the tour's director and producer, testified in the… READ MORE >

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Michael Jackson Wrongful Death Trial -- AEG Live On the Ropes

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AEG Live On the Ropes

It's pretty shocking ... but Katherine Jackson may have taken a giant step today toward convincing a jury AEG Live was negligent in protecting Michael Jackson just days before his death.AEG Live… READ MORE >

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'This Is It' Director Kenny Ortega -- Cops Respond to L.A. Home

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Cops Respond to L.A. Home

LAPD officers raced to the home of "This Is It" director Kenny Ortega last week ... after an alarm went off in his home ... and TMZ has learned cops called in a chopper to help search for a… READ MORE >

- 1958 days ago
People vs. Dr. Conrad Murray -- Kenny Ortega Testifies

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Kenny Ortega: "Something Was Wrong" With MJ

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- 2041 days ago
MJ Producer Dropped From Wrongful Death Suit

MJ Producer Dropped From Wrongful Death Suit

Michael Jackson's producer of the "This Is It" tour just got a break in the wrongful death lawsuit filed by Katherine Jackson -- he's been dropped as a defendant ... TMZ has learned.Kenny Ortega… READ MORE >

- 2279 days ago
'This Is It' Producer: I Didn't Cause Michael's Death

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- 2303 days ago
'This Is It' Producer -- Star Witness in MJ Prelim

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Michael Jackson's producer/director for the "This Is It" tour will be a star witness for the prosecution in Dr. Conrad Murray's preliminary hearing which begins today  ... sources tell… READ MORE >

- 2307 days ago
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