Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, is known the world over for his distinctive vocals, rhythmic dancing moves and magnetic stage presence. Thriller Live is a musical created by Adrian Grant which is not only a fitting tribute to the late Michael Jackson but also a superb documentary and celebration of his award-winning career, philosophy and ethos.
With Jackson’s music containing themes of equality, peace, anti-war, change and other global issues, he was one of the most influential artists of all time. He is also regarded as one of the most versatile artists ever, with his music ranging in genres from rock to pop to disco, R&B, soul, dance and jazz.
Thriller Live begins at the very start of Michael’s musical career with the Jackson 5 at Motown Records in the early ’70s, before the transfer to Epic Records in 1975, and his first bestselling solo album, Off the Wall (1979), and then further success with the Thriller (1982), Bad (1987), Dangerous (1991), HIStory (1995) and Invincible (2001) albums.
The musical expertly mixes Jackson’s popular dance tracks (‘Beat It’, ‘Blame It On The Boogie’, and ‘Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground)’), with his ballads (‘She’s Out Of My Life’), and with his powerful social and political statement songs (‘They Don’t Really Care About Us’, ‘Man In The Mirror’, ‘The Earth Song’ and ‘Black or White’). Other standout numbers in the show include ‘Dirty Diana’, ‘Can You Feel It’ and of course the iconic ‘Thriller’.
Both the singing and dancing casts were incredible. Angelica Allen, Reece Bahia and Haydon Eshun stood out particularly with their fantastic vocals. The show was masterfully choreographed by Gary Lloyd incorporating Jackson’s iconic moon-walks and other signature moves into other high-energy routines, including ‘Beat It’ and ‘Off The Wall’.
Overall, Thriller Live is an amazing show, tribute and documentary of the great Michael Jackson’s musical career for all audiences, not just Michael Jackson fans, performed by an outstanding cast.