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”
Sunday 12th April 2015, its 2,619th performance, the show became the 18th longest
running musical in West End history, overtaking 'Oliver!'
In October 2015, a thrilling new opening to the show will be created and 4
new Michael Jackson songs - Who’s Loving You, Rockin’ Robin, Remember The Time
and Human Nature - are being added.
“This is a really, really exciting time,” said Gary Lloyd, Thriller Live’s
award-winning director and choreographer. “Unlike all other West End musicals,
Thriller Live’s music, choreography and costumes have been changed several
times, but over the next few months we will be making a host of changes at once.
We are introducing lots of new production elements, new video film sequences and
some rather special visual effects to ensure the show looks stunning and to keep
it up to date. When Thriller Live first opened in the West End at the Lyric
Theatre in January 2009, it was definitely cutting edge. We have since refreshed
the show several times but now it is getting enhanced production values to
ensure our show is really eye-popping! Michael Jackson always put on thrilling
live arena shows when he toured the world. He used magic and stage illusion and
the latest technology to surprise his fans. The challenge to Thriller Live’s
creative team is to try and recreate and capture that sense of groundbreaking
dancing, singing and stage magic in a traditional theatre. Six months into our
record-breaking 7-year run in the West End 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."