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.
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.
The cast of Thriller Live celebrated in style on 16th March 2016, as the show
marked its 3,000th performance in the West End
with a spectacular cake and an American-themed party at Planet Hollywood.
Thriller Live opened to critical acclaim at the Lyric Theatre in the West End on
January 26, 2009 and this week played its 3,000th record-breaking performance
The cast and creative team celebrated the news with a 3-tier cake topped with a
figure of Michael Jackson himself. (All photos above, by Irina Chira).
Producers Paul Walden & Derek Nicol said: “We are thrilled that Thriller Live
continues to rock the West End, delighting audiences of all nationalities in its
8th record-breaking year at the Lyric Theatre.”
Thriller Live is unlike other West End musicals. There is no script or story, it
is instead a eye-popping spectacular concert celebration of Michael Jackson’s
music and dance legacy, bringing to life on stage his distinctive high-energy
dancing and the pulsating sound of many of pop’s greatest hits. The show changes
each year with new numbers added, and features specially created video footage
and effects and dazzling choreography by the show’s award-winning director, Gary
Thriller Live recently passed Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Evita, which
opened in 1978, to become the 17th Longest Running West End Musical of all time.
It has now been been seen by over three million people worldwide and is
currently touring the UK.
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."