June 24th - June 29th
Direct from London’s West End where it is now in its record breaking 10th year, THRILLER LIVE is a spectacular concert created to celebrate the career of the world’s greatest entertainer.
Seen by over 4 million people in over 30 countries, THRILLER LIVE continues to moonwalk around the world, taking you on a visual, audio and electrifying journey through the magic of Michael’s 45 year musical history.
You will experience over two hours of non-stop hits from pop to rock, soul to disco as the cast pay homage to Jackson’s legendary live performances and innovative dance moves executed with flair, precision and passion, this is a show that you will never forget.
Expect your favourite songs delivered by an exceptionally talented cast and band, including: I Want You Back, ABC, Can You Feel It, Off The Wall, The Way You Make Me Feel, Smooth Criminal, Beat It, Billie Jean, Dirty Diana, Bad, Rock With You, They Don’t Care About Us, Dangerous and Thriller plus many more!
**** ‘A total blast. The staging and constant brilliance of the musicians keep us riveted. A wonderful show.’ Whatsonstage.com
**** ‘You can’t beat it!’ Evening Standard
‘An exuberant blast!’ Daily Mail
‘This theatrical extravaganza is a breathtaking celebration – quite literally, thrilling’ The Stage
‘A glitzy concert of song and dance. The hits just keep on coming.’ Daily Telegraph
‘Dazzlingly well-drilled and brilliantly done’ Mail on Sunday
‘Immensely enjoyable.’ The Independent
Running Time: Approximately 2 hours 30 minutes, including one 20 minute interval.
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There can be few musicals with such a wealth of songs behind it which means that you are pretty much guaranteed to have all of your Michael Jackson favourites played at some point during Thriller Live, a truly energetic show, with some quieter moments, which reflects the talents of Jackson from the early days with his brothers onwards.
The show itself has been running, and repeatedly extended, in London since 2009 (and one of the cast in this production, Kieran Alleyne, was in that show at the age of just 13) - this touring version is an equally extravagant and expensive-looking show.
There are numerous elements which have to work together - not just the interpretation of the songs, but also the visuals, dancing and the music from the live band - and here it all blends together perfectly.
The largely-hidden presence of the talented 6-piece band ups the ante, especially when allowed to stroll onto the stage to strut their stuff - which is really what this show is all about after all and what Jackson was a master of.
The lighting and special effects are brilliant (and the clarity of the displays show how much LED technology has come of age) providing the audience with a really, er, thrilling experience! Who needs a glitter ball when it can be just as effectively be produced on a massive LED screen?
But it really is the choreography which, on this second time of seeing the show, stands out. The dancing, under the leadership of Dance Captain Daniel Bradford, is quite stunning - lively, often very complicated but seemingly performed with ease (and seemingly not even a drop of sweat!) in spite of how much the dancers need to cram in to each song and how many different songs there are in the show - for more than two hours they were rarely off stage. This expertise in working together as a team was particularly the case during Blame it on the Boogie, Smooth Criminal and Thriller (where some of the "creatures" even appeared in the audience…watch your backs!). And kudos to the dance troupe for managing to do all this perfectly on a stage which is substantially smaller the Birmingham Alexandra Theatre which hosted it earlier this month.
One thing which makes the show different from other similar tributes is that there is no one singer "being" Michael Jackson. Indeed, no-one is credited as being him at all. Instead, a total of seven "vocalists" - male and female - take on that role and share the catalogue of hits between them and this works extremely well, no one person getting all the limelight in a truly ensemble show.
Regardless of what you may think of the man, his way of life or the recent accusations, there is no denying that he left a magnificent legacy in terms of disco hits and audience-pleasing songs and this superb musical will bring back many great memories to everyone who goes along to see it. And they certainly left tonight with a spring in their step!