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.
As it gears up to celebrate a record-breaking 7th year in the West End in
December 2014, Thriller Live is announcing major changes to the production,
including a new opening, new video content and the addition of iconic Michael
Jackson songs - Earth Song and HIStory.
“We are totally unique among West End musicals in that we regularly update the
show,” says producer Paul Walden. “As we prepare to smash two more long standing
West End records we are adding new songs, stunning additional choreography, new
video footage and a new opening to keep the production fresh and vibrant.
Michael Jackson was known as a perfectionist and we constantly strive to ensure
that Thriller Live, celebrating the genius of his songwriting and trend-setting
dance moves, is the very best experience it can be for his fans and lovers of
his music worldwide.”
Earth Song, which topped the UK Singles Chart for six weeks over Christmas in
1995 and sold one million copies, making it Michael Jackson’s most successful UK
single, and HIStory were both tracks on HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book
I, MJ’s ninth studio album.
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."