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.
On 1st October 2014, the show celebrated with champagne and cake as it entered the record books to officially become the
20th longest running musical in West End history! It overtook the records set by the legendary stage musicals 'The Sound
of Music' and 'My Fair Lady,' who have now dropped forever out of the Top 20.
Thriller Live has played 2391 performances at the Lyric Theatre (as at Wednesday
September 24th 2014). It is just 138 performances away from overtaking the
record set by the 1993 revival of Grease (which ran 2529 performances before
closing) and just 227 from leap frogging the original 1960 production of Oliver!
(2,618 performances). In 2015 it will beat the record set up by 'Evita,' which
closed after 2,900 performances at the Prince Edward Theatre.
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