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.
Four boys are to get a starring role in the hit West End show Thriller Live
as the first successful graduates of the Thriller Live MJ Academy.
Producers launched the afterschool academy in 2012 to train young boys to take
on the demanding role of singing the songs of young Michael Jackson and the
Jackson 5 in the hit West End show, now in its fifth year at the Lyric Theatre
on Shaftesbury Avenue.
Sixteen boys - pictured above - started the three-month training. After a
successful final audition before the show's award-winning director and
choreographer, Gary Lloyd, Producer Paul Walden, Executive Director Adrian Grant
and Musical Supervisor John Maher.
Torann Opara, 11, from Putney, Emmanuel Sakyi, nine, from Brent, Ramon Smith,
10, from Tooting and Brian Kotelo, 14, from Cambridge will share the coveted
role in one of the most successful shows in the West End and on tour.
A new cast took over performing in the West End in April 2013, the same
day the show continues its world tour in Scandinavia. Three of the boys will be
seen in the West End production from early April and Torann will tour
Scandinavia and the UK.
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."