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 enhanced the show in Spring 2013 by introducing an exciting new
opening, featuring new video material and graphics.
Sensational Cleo Higgins (pictured above, photo credit Irina Chira), lead singer
of 90s pop group Cleopatra and Will.i.am’s unforgettable contestant on The
Voice, is now in the production until June 2015.
“I’m a huge Michael Jackson fan and I identify with him,” said Cleo. “I’m an
Eighties baby - I come from the same era. When he died I literally cried every
day for a year. His death reminded me how connected I felt to him as a person
and musician, but I didn’t recognise how strong those links were until then. My
favourite song I get to perform in the show is They Don’t Really Care About Us.
I get to feel the energy Michael gave when he sang, when it was recorded. I get
right into that zone and I feel every word. We celebrate his incredible legacy
in Thriller Live. His songs will never die.”
Higgins, from Birmingham, is one of four lead vocalists who divide up Jackson’s
catalogue of chart hits between them.
In May 2013, Thriller Live became the longest running show at the venue since
it first opened in December 1888. On Thursday 24th October 2013 it
celebrated its 2,000th West End performance.
Nica, Chief Executive of Nimax Theatres, appeared on stage at the end of the
1,815th performance to announce to the packed audience: “You are part of history
being made tonight. Michael Jackson won so many amazing awards and set some
impressive records in his lifetime - and he continues to do that today! This is
my theatre, and I’m delighted to anounce that Thriller Live has become the
longest running show in its 125-year history.”
She then presented trophies from Nimax Theatres to mark the momentous occasion
to Producers Paul Walden and Derek Nicol of Flying Music, the show’s
award-winning Director/Choreographer Gary Lloyd, Musical Supervisor John Maher
and to Original Creator Adrian Grant, whose personal association with Michael
Jackson spanned 21 years and who first came up with the concept for the show.
Gary Lloyd paid tribute to the dozens of singers and dancers who have performed
in the West End production before over one million customers, and to the
backstage staff, technicians, designers and crew who, he said, had all played a
vital part in the success of the show, but largely go unseen by the public.
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."