Director &Choreographer: Gary Lloyd
Reviewer: Carol Lovatt
For a non-stop extravaganza of the music of Michael Jackson and the Jackson Five, Thriller Live is as close to the real thing as it comes. Even the remaining Jackson brothers, Tito, Marlon, Jermaine and Jackie have been moved to tears by the production. This is a piece of theatre that is incredibly dynamic and totally authentic. It is a show that has been going for over seven years yet it’s still as fresh and vibrant as an actual live concert and this is clearly what makes it such a record-breaking success and delights audiences across the globe.
Michael Jackson was a person with incredible talent and Thriller Live showcases why he had the capacity to entertain and electrify during his 45 years in the music industry. This show celebrates the career of the King of Pop from the age of 11, when he had his first number one hits, through to his multi-million selling albums including Thriller, still the world’s best-selling recording, BAD, Off The Wall and many more. One of the things that continues to amaze people is just how many hits Jackson had and how many songs in the production are so instantly recognisable, which clearly emphasises the impact of this phenomenal singer on popular culture.
As an artist, Jackson was a trail blazer, a man who could not only write songs to perfection but also excelled at choreography and innovative dance creation. Who can forget the Moonwalk and his ability to marry movement with musicianship? Thriller Live pays homage to all of the excitement of a live concert with a mix of both audio and visual to create an atmosphere which has the audience dancing in the aisles and craving for more. The set is incredibly creative and engaging. Theatre goers are taken back to the 1970s and the age of Studio 54 and Disco, then through the 80s to the era of sharp dressing and attitude, then beyond, to the messages of fear and hope, with the memorable
The set is incredibly creative and engaging. Theatre goers are taken back to the 1970s and the age of Studio 54 and Disco, then through the 80s to the era of sharp dressing and attitude, then beyond, to the messages of fear and hope, with the memorable Heal the World and Earth Song all mixed in with the popular repertoire from both Michael and the Jackson Five including ABC, Can You Feel It, Smooth Criminal, Beat It, Billie Jean, Bad, Thriller and the list goes on and on.
Much of the success of Thriller Live is the result of an amazing cast with incredible talent who perform with such energy and enthusiasm in all areas, singing, dancing and the superb live musicianship. The live band, under the leadership of Musical Director Mike Lindup, really knows how to ‘rock it’ while director Gary Lloyd’s choreography is simply outstanding. Lead vocalist Sean Christopher is mesmerising on stage with his footwork as much as his vocals. It is also fabulous to see the beautiful and talented Cleopatra Higgins give a stunning performance. Rory Taylor, also wows with his solo renditions which are nothing short of are jaw-dropping. Shaquille Maerice Hemmans and Michael Kavuma, are amazing in their ability to sound like Jackson and portray his persona in movement and style. Both are artists to look out for in the future. The dance company is extensive and it makes it impossible to know where to look on stage as there is such a feast for the eyes. The Producers of this show, Paul Walden and Derek Nicol, must be delighted to see how it all comes together on stage night after night, because that’s how those who see Thriller Live feel. Truly awesome!
Runs until 13 February 2016 | Image: Contributed