Thriller Live – Lyric Theatre

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Cleo Higgins in Thriller Live at the Lyric Theatre, London. Picture: Irina Chira

Thriller Live continues at the Lyric Theatre, London.

Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

After a whopping 3,358 performances in the West End, Thriller Live celebrated at the gorgeous Lyric Theatre as the show becomes the 15th longest-running musical in West End history.

A party was certainly had at the venue. The cast burst through each Michael Jackson hit with power, punch and passion, reminding the audience how many epic hits MJ scored.

The four leading vocalists, who belt out each number as if they will never sing them again, lead the production. Vocal powerhouse Cleo Higgins is nothing short of fierce and the ensemble of epic dancers flip through Gary Lloyd’s choreography with ease. (Also in the cast are Reece Bahia, Dajiow, Haydon Eshun and John Moabi).

The only thing that could upstage the dancers is the lighting design. Nigel Catmur’s work is dangerously eye-catching and punches into focus throughout the show.

We are whisked through the MJ hits chronologically, and introduced to mini MJ (played by the very talented Marcellus Virgo-Smith) who sings a very sweet ‘I’ll Be There’. Marcellus then breaks into dance with the rest of The Jackson 5 and leaves audience members bopping in their seats.

A highlight of the show is the cast’s rendition of ‘Thriller’. This may be because, while watching, you already know the famous dance routine and it is great fun watching it performed onstage.  ‘Earth Song’ also features impressive vocals and passion from the four lead artists.

You can see why Thriller Live has reached this impressive record. For the tourists, the MJ fans and the lovers of live music, it ticks all the boxes.

The show was bound to be hit as it has a winning ingredient in Michael Jackson and his music. To put it simply, if you are a Michael Jackson fan, this is the ultimate show for you.

Thriller Live is a perfect celebration, and tribute, to the King of Pop, and with 3,358 performances down, I imagine the producers, cast and crew will continue to break more records in the future.

Lucy Beirne 

Tickets for Thriller Live at the Lyric Theatre are available HERE.

* A second company is currently touring the UK playing: 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 (25-29 April). It will then return to China for a 19-week season in Macau starting in April.

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