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.
Thriller Live looks very different to the version that first opened in the West
End in January, 2009. A brand new version of the show, with four new songs, a
new opening, new production elements including new video, new costumes and
special effects is now playing.
A new Thriller Live tour will have them dancing in the aisles across the UK
and Europe from January 2017, and opened in in the People’s Republic of China as
the opening production in a major new resort in September 2016.
Thriller Live recently sold its 2 millionth West End ticket and has now been
seen by over 4 million people in 32 countries and played over 5,100 performances
The show will set out on January 27, 2017 on a major new tour, playing 12
theatres across the UK and several countries across Europe.The UK tour dates
are: Southport Theatre (27 & 28 Jan); Eden Court Theatre, Inverness (30 Jan - 4
Feb); His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen (6 - 11 Feb); Norwich Theatre Royal (13 -
18 Feb); Wolverhampton Grand Theatre (21- 25 Feb); Venue Cymru, Llandudno (27
Feb - 1 March); Sands Centre Carlisle (2 - 4 March); Gaiety Theatre Dublin (6 -
11 March); Waterfront Hall, Belfast (16 - 18 March); Grand Theatre Swansea (20 -
25 March); Grand Theatre Leeds (11 - 15 April); Belgrade Theatre, Coventry (25 -
Producers Paul Walden and Derek Nicol said today: “After more than eight
years in the West End, Thriller Live continues to go from strength to strength.
We have had a spectacular summer and year on year audience numbers are
fantastic. Michael Jackson’s music has never been more popular, and just like
Wicked and other successful shows, Thriller Live has many loyal fans who come
back time after time for repeat visits. We aim to keep the show fresh and
exciting for them for many years to come through subtle changes, additional
special effects and new video content.”
Thriller Live is unlike other West End musicals. There is no script or story, it
is instead a eye-popping spectacular concert celebration of Michael Jackson’s
music and dance legacy, bringing to life on stage his amazing high-energy
dancing and the pulsating sound of many of pop’s greatest hits, and features
specially created video footage and effects and dazzling choreography by the
show’s award-winning director, Gary Lloyd.
The current Thriller Live West End company are: Jordan Alexander, Angelica
Allen, J Brock, Dajiow, Haydon Eshun, Ryan Shaw, Ria Horsford, Cordell Mosteller,
Alex Ko, Aisling Duffy, Florivaldo Mossi, Leslie Bowman,Joshua Rees Ivey,
Alishia Marie Blake, Ebony Clarke, Alex Jackson, Victoria Lamm, Arnold Mabhena,
Helen Parsons, Chanté Simpson, Steven Thompson, Beccy Jones, Thomas Remaili,
Aled Arhyel Charles, Remi Gooding, Zayn Johnson, Zuriel Williams-Kabasomi,
The band are:
Musical Director, Guitar, Keyboard 2 John Maher
Assistant Musical Director, Keyboard 1 Ryan Farmery
Guitar 1 Damien Cooper
Bass Oliver Latka
Drums Mike Bradley
Percussion Accy Yeats
On Saturday 4th February 2017, after 3,358 performances at the Lyric Theatre,
“Thriller Live” smashed the long-held record of “Jesus Christ Superstar”, which
opened in 1972, to become the 15th Longest Running Musical in West End history.
The current cast and creative team also celebrated starting their 9th year in
the West End at an aftershow party in the Lyric Theatre, where the production is
also the longest running show in the theatre’s history. Dajiow, the lead singer
is shown with the cake (photo, above).
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."