The Jackson 4 played the Apollo Thursday night on their “Unity” tour as the theater buzzed with Michael mania. The 125th Street marquee read “Remembering Michael Jackson: A True Apollo Legend, 1958-2009,” a few audience members dressed like him and the crowd screamed whenever he appeared on the onstage video screen.
Still, Michael’s older brothers — Jackie, 61, Tito, 58, Jermaine, 57, and Marlon, 55 — easily won over the sold-out house with a combination of enthusiasm and effort, dance moves and memories.
The singing? Not great — in part due to a sound mix in which the music often drowned out the voices. But it really didn’t matter. The brothers were having fun, and so was the crowd, a mix of ebony and ivory that stayed on its feet for much of the performance.