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 13th 2015, at the 2901st performance at the Lyric Theatre, the show
will overtake Evita, which opened in 1978, to become the 17th Longest Running
West End Musical of all time.
It has now taken in excess of $150million at the global box office. Announcing
the eye-watering figure in October 2015, producer Paul Walden said: “This is
proof positive that the music of Michael Jackson is still one of the hottest
tickets on the planet. We are privileged to continue his musical legacy in
Thriller Live, and to have taken it to theatres, concert halls and arenas in 32
countries around the world.
Half this amazing total has come from our record-breaking seven-year West End
run and UK tours. One hundred and fifty million dollars is a landmark financial
milestone that few modern stage shows attain. We are extremely proud of the hard
work and dedication of all of the creative team, dancers, singers, musicians and
crew who have entertained the world as part of the Thriller Live family.
But we are certainly not resting on our laurels - 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 - opens a 10-month UK and international
tour in Blackpool this week and will premiere on Thursday October 8th 2015 in
the West End, where the show continues to break West End records. With all these
changes we aim to once again set the bar high in terms of what a West End
audience will see, hear and experience.”
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."