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
On 7th July 2017, eight new dancers join the show on 12-month contracts that
will see them in the show when it starts its 10th anniversary West End
celebrations at the Lyric Theatre in January 2018.
Peter Cleverley joins the West End cast as dancer and Assistant Dance Captain
after touring the world with Thriller Live, performing in Germany, Sweden,
Egypt, Israel, China and on the most recent UK tour.
Brett Baxter is making his professional debut. He trained with hip hop dance
company Elementz Entertainment run by Lindon Barr, a former Thriller Live cast
Shakara Brown graduated in 2015 from the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts
(LIPA) with a first class BA Hons degree in Dance. She is a member of the
all-female hip hop company Boadicea and In 2016 toured the UK with Britain’s Got
Talent winners Diversity.
Joel Ekperigin started dancing at the age of 10 with street dance his first
passion. He went on to join dance group Cerebro and he performed on the 2016
Brit Awards and on Britain’s Got Talent. Jamie Mason was a founding member of
the entertainment group PDK. He danced on The X Factor and Disney Channel.
Ella Redhead recently graduated from The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts
(LIPA) with a degree in Dance.
Emma Jane Smith studied at Performers College (Essex) where she graduated with a
Trinity Diploma in Theatre Dance. Her previous credits include the UK/ Monte
Carlo tour of New Jersey Nights.
Jorgia Vaughan trained at Bird College where she recently graduated with a
National Diploma in Professional Musical Theatre.
Gary Lloyd, Thriller Live’s award-winning director and choreographer, said:
“Dancers are the beating heart of our production, and with over 30 iconic
Michael Jackson songs and epic dance routines, Thriller Live is one of the most
physically demanding productions ever seen in the West End. We work hard to
maintain the highest of standards as we deliver routines based on iconic moves
created by the greatest entertainer of all time, who himself always strived for
excellence and pushed the physical limits of what his body could produce. I am
thrilled and excited at the quality of our new dancers whose energy and
committment to the memory of Michael Jackson is inspirational. This show is a
gift to anyone that lives to dance and for anyone that loves to entertain or be
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."