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”
During 2015, on
Sunday 12th April, its 2,619th performance, it will become the 18th longest
running musical in West End history, overtaking 'Oliver!'
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.
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