A new updated version of Thriller has launched in London’s West End with new songs, videos, costumes and special fx. Having never seen the show before, I decided it was about time I checked it out. From what I have heard, the show originally opened with a large Jackson 5 segment and musically chronicled his life. The new changes that have been introduced mean that the show starts as it means to go on, with the big hits and then blends the older songs in as the show progresses.
Thriller has taken more than $150 million at box offices worldwide, been staged in 32 countries including a Las Vegas residency and just embarked on a ten month UK tour. The King of Pop is certainly still the king of popular.
Michael Jacksons back catalogue of songs is nothing short of impressive and this show has all the hits including The Way You Make Me Feel, Dirty Diana, Bad, Smooth Criminal, Beat It, Man In The Mirror, Earth Song and Billie Jean. The cast are young, energetic performers with some great dancers and vocalists.
Thriller is not a musical, it is a visual spectacular tribute concert to one of the greatest singers or our time. When you think about it from that perspective it really isn’t a bad show. It is what it is but now Michael Jackson has passed away it is the closest way that his fans can come to see their idol live on stage.
Regular Theatre goers should approach the show with caution as there isn’t s storyline in the show but fans of his work will be delighted with the colourful visual spectacle that is Thriller Live. And who isn’t a fan of Michael Jackson?
Reviewed by West End Wilma
Photo Irina Chira
Thriller Live is booking at the Lyric Theatre until 17 April 2016. Click here for tickets