On Saturday night, I had a very rare night out alone with my wife without our children. And although being parents of young children there is nothing more we would love than just getting some extra sleep, we reluctantly went out instead. Oh boy am I glad we did, because we saw Thriller Live.
Thriller Live has been at the Lyric theatre for so long that it’s signage of Michael in one of his many signature poses, on Shaftsbury avenue has almost become a tourist attraction itself. I have always wanted to see this show, and now I want to see it again. It is quite simply one of the best live experiences I have ever had, and I really can’t fault it.
So what is Thriller Live? That’s what I was thinking right up to the start. I knew obviously it was something to do with the music of Michael Jackson, but was there a story to it? Actually there is, but it’s not a narrative of Michael’s life, it’s the story of his greatness, his impact on the World and just how much he still means to people.
Thriller Live is a celebration of the artistry of Michael Jackson. His incredible voice, his genius creativity, his amazing videos and performances and last but not least his World class dancing. Thriller Live is 2 and half hours of pure Michael Jackson greatness.
I won’t spoil it by giving you a rundown of tracks played, but obviously Thriller is in there and I will say my favourite performance was Smooth Criminal (how on Earth did they do that leaning dance move!?) But there is also some more obscure stuff as well as songs spanning his entire career. My only criticism is Michael’s career was so full that everyone will have their own song where they will say ‘oh they should have played that.’ But it is just impossible to fit it all in.
The staging is fantastic, the dancing is brilliant but the 4 main singers are simply incredible. Each of them had a different quality to their voices that replicated perfectly a certain aspect of Michael’s. They were amazing and I urge all Michael fans, even vague fans of his music…. go and see this show. You will not be dissapointed. Don’t blame me though if you try and moonwalk your way home!… Blame it on the Boogie 😉