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Posted: Tue Jun 7 2011
Current cast includes Trenyce Cobbins, Haydon Eshun, MiG Ayesa, Wayne Anthony Cole, Joanna Jones, Britt Quentin, Oggie Iwo, Maria Akpan, Laurie Kay Hue, Asleigh Wadforth Frost, Cassie MacMillan and Libby Hall
Step inside the Lyric foyer and you'll be greeted by a gleaming Michael Jackson memorial. Enter the auditorium and you'll find another in 'Thriller', a shining homage to The King of Pop. This is a sparkling, singing and shimmying conveyor belt of more than 30 of Jackson's greatest hits. It's a bit like watching an extended episode of 'The X Factor' – except the performers are actually very good and they've all picked Jacko.
What really hits home in this jubilant jukebox show, which recently celebrated its thousandth performance, is the range of repertoire available. 'Thriller' is a reminder of Michael Jackson's versatility and the unique gloss he lent to pop, rock, dance and even the ballad. 'Heal the World' is crooned by a throng of suitably seraphic kids, 'Beat It' is blasted into the gods and a silver-gloved groover glides majestically through 'Smooth Criminal'.
The show, held together by the loosest of narratives, begins with a selection of Jackson 5 numbers. These earlier songs are among the best of the night: pure, funky, relatively simple and uniformly upbeat. Salient facts are flashed furiously across the screens (750 million records sold worldwide!) and the show segues into Jackson's solo career.
Some of these later songs are terrifyingly idiosyncratic – made and moulded for the man himself – and the lead vocalists struggle with the quirkier numbers, such as 'Jam' and 'Dirty Diana'. But it is the dancing that dazzles, no more so than Michael Duke's confident and witty take on 'Thriller' and 'Smooth Criminal'. He slides his way through the tough choreography with bolshy ease, drawing huge cheers for the inevitable but inspirational moonwalk.
It is one small step, at least, towards remembering the man who ventured into uncharted musical terrain.
Lyric Theatre 29 Shaftesbury Avenue
Piccadilly Circus tube
- 29 Shaftesbury Avenue
- 29 Shaftesbury Avenue
- Lyric Theatre
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0844 544 3830
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Theatre. West End. Musicals
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Plays and shows
Thriller Live 2014
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Sorry but its a 3 out of 10 show.... Several members of the cast sing various Jackson songs. Annoying the worst singer (who is a young female) gets to sing the majority of the songs. A couple of the guys do good Jackson impersonations. Could not understand why the show was not based around them?? Young Michael is portrayed by a kid who I'm sorry to say was as poor as the ffemale mentioned above. The cast do get the crowd going with some good dance routines. Sorry but I wanted to leave after the interval but my wife made me stay...Sorry but I would not sit through this again. Even if you paid me £100
Very enjoyable, but the name musical doesn't really apply here. I would say it's more of a show and a thank you to Michael and his music. Still, very good night out and the audience really goes for it!
A fantastic performance from all performers and overall a great thrilling entertainment to watch! I highly recommend it to any MJ fans out there! :)
The musical exceed the expectation, a lot of interaction, the dancer were extremely well trained and the singers voices were great. I like the fact that the show was not trying to be Michael Jackson, but present his art on their own interpretation. It does bring memory on growing up listening to Michael. This show is a must if you are visiting or living in London.
The musical was very good in general. All the artists, dances and songs were amazing. What I found very nice was that they were trying to engage the audience as much as possible in the play. The only thing I didn't enjoy that much was simply that there wasn't any story in it but mostly dances and singing.
Good performances and nice atmosphere. Not any storyline or great scenery, Felt more like a tribute concert than a musical.
Fulfilled by the energy and spirit of the legendary personality and songs that are alive in all of us in different degrees, the musical leads you through different emotions starting from the tears of the soul and finishing up with the joy of being a part of the musical event.
Absolutely brilliant!! Daughter, aged 8 totally enthralled with the whole experience and hasn't stopped practicing the dancing since. My other guest was delighted with the show, as it was all music they knew as a youngster. Loved the way the audience were encouraged to join in by the stars of the show.
Absolutely fabulous from start to finish. We attended mid-week and there was no hint of a dumbing down by the cast. Very enthusiastic dancing and spot of choreography. The singing was exceptional. Thoroughly enjoyed the whole show. Got us all dancing and clapping in the isles. Would recommend to anybody. Great show!
Fantastic! Thoroughly enjoyed the performance! Gave a real feel good factor. Brilliant performers! A must see for MJ fans!
We've been to this show twice... second time was the day we were supposed to see the King of Pop in flesh at the O2 Arena. So, of course it's not a big production, it's not MJ etc... but it is very nice to watch and certainly entertaining. If you're a MJ fan, you'll enjoy it, 100%.
We took our two sons to the show and I was initially sceptical, awaiting a poor storyline to which the songs were attached. I was very pleasantly surprised and realised there were several of MJ hits I had not heard for a while. What was good was that the songs were about 3-4 minutes and followed MJs recording career. The singing is good but the dancing is what really lifted this show. The dancers were very good and the choreography was well adapted to the stage where props were wheeled in and out. Expect to hear the greatest hits without a phoney story line and great dancing.
I would not recommend this musical. I am very disappointed by the bad performance of the actors, in terms of dancing and singing. Some of the singers did not even hit the right note and sang wrong. There is no real story in the musical, no emotions involved. It appears to be just a patchwork of some fragments of Jackson songs, some of them even played on playback. I personally rather recommend to watch the Billy Elliot Musical, that one is really good.
I saw the show today... Very disapointing. The dancers despite being individually good are not togher, the singers sing wrong...Would not recommend it personnaly.