THRILLER - LIVE (musical)
The songbook of the Jackson 5 and the late, great spangle-gloved one himself is explored in
this discography of his life.
Producers Paul Walden and Derek Nicol said in a statement in early 2015:
“January 22, 2015 is yet another amazing milestone in the history of our show.
It is only truly exceptional shows that run this long in the West End and we are
very grateful to the fans of Michael Jackson and West End theatre audiences who
have taken the show to their hearts. It is an honour for us to keep the music of
Michael Jackson alive and bring it to the next generation of theatregoers.
Michael Jackson was known as a perfectionist and we constantly strive to ensure
that Thriller Live, celebrating the genius of his songwriting, ground breaking
live performances and trend-setting dance moves, is the very best experience it
can be for his fans and music lovers worldwide. Unlike other West End shows
Thriller Live is constantly evolving and we have exciting plans for 2015 with
the introduction of some new material and additional special effects added”
On December 16th 2015, at the 2901st performance at the Lyric Theatre, the show
overtook "Evita," which opened in 1978, to become the 17th Longest Running
West End Musical of all time.
RECORD BREAKERS: Lead vocalist Dajiow and young MJ Eshan Gopal celebrate Photo:
Thriller Live will soon pass another major landmark - 3,000 West End
Thriller Live has now taken more than $150million at the global box office.
Producers Paul Walden & Derek Nicol said today: “Becoming the 17th Longest
Running West End Musical of all time is yet another amazing milestone in the
history of our show. Very few productions have ever run this long in the West
End and we are grateful to the fans of Michael Jackson who have taken the show
to their hearts.”
Thriller Live looks very different to the version that first opened in the West
End in January, 2009. A brand new version of the show, with four new songs, a
new opening, new production elements including new video, new costumes and
special effects, opened last month. Thriller Live continues to set and break
records and play new territories around the globe. Egypt will become the 32nd
country to premiere the show in 2016.
Photo above shows the opening night of Thriller Live on January 22, 2009. Left
to right: Musical Director John Maher, creator Adrian Grant, Tito Jackson and
Director/Choreographer Gary Lloyd.
Reader RZ cautions,
"Anybody who is in the least bit
should stay away. The upper backdrop is a star curtain (sometimes animated)
and alright, but the lower background is an animated LED board, with
descending LED board and six side LED boards, all of which are
animated. This is in addition to a strobe-heavy colour-flashing
(think the "Joseph Megamix" lighting on steroids) show. Definitely
one to observe the epilepsy warnings on."
Not available. Reports are that this is more concert than biopic musical, and
when the biography does happen it's short and usually misfiring. Luckily, the
songs themselves seem to land in the stalls just fine. Praise for the
performances and energy of the dancers - particularly the youngsters taking the
roles of the early Jackson 5.
Simply, something which fills a theatre in a
difficult time and gives pleasure to fans of the late Neverland One. Not for
theatrical snobs or those who require more sophistication from a script or