A round-up of reviews of Thriller Live at the Lyric Theatre in London.
Michael Jackson tribute show Thriller Live features the pop superstar’s greatest hits and recreates some of his – and the Jackson 5’s – most memorable live performances and set pieces.
Thriller Live is booking until 26 April 2020 at the Lyric Theatre, London.
Read reviews below from the Guardian, Telegraph, Independent and more.
The Guardian, ★★★
“Thriller Live is not a Michael Jackson musical – that is, it’s not Michael Jackson’s musical. Instead, it’s a tribute show co-produced by Adrian Grant, a Jackson fan who began by staging tribute shows, went on to meet the man himself, wrote a book on him, and has now brought Thriller Live to the West End.”
Time Out, ★★★★
“What really hits home in this jubilant jukebox show, which recently celebrated its thousandth performance, is the range of repertoire available. ‘Thriller’ is a reminder of Michael Jackson’s versatility and the unique gloss he lent to pop, rock, dance and even the ballad. ‘Heal the World’ is crooned by a throng of suitably seraphic kids, ‘Beat It’ is blasted into the gods and a silver-gloved groover glides majestically through ‘Smooth Criminal’.”
The Independent, ★★★★
“It’s a shame that Gary Lloyd’s production has no theatrical justification whatsoever, but the presentation is so enjoyably theatrical that the objection disintegrates. There’s a wonderful catalogue of late Motown, blues and early indie rock that covers a whole era of pop music at its best.”
“This is very much an ensemble company and the dance team here deserve a special mention. The choreography paints as lively and informative a picture of the changing decades as do Jackson’s songs, and some of the set pieces, particularly the Billie Jean/Thriller/Bad set are, quite literally, thrilling.”
“… within its narrow limits, the show works well. What most people like most about back-catalogue musicals is the medley of big hits at the end, and in this show the hits just keep on coming, largely glossing over the fact that in recent years Jackson has become ever less impressive as a pop star as he grows more bonkers and messianic.”
Average rating score for this production:
"Thriller Live is not a Michael Jackson musical - that is, it's not Michael Jackson's musical. Instead, it's a tribute show co-produced by Adrian Grant, a Jackson fan who began by staging tribute shows, went on to meet the man himself, wrote a book on him, and has now brought Thriller Live to the West End."
Date: 22 January 2009
Written by: Paul Raven
Tags: Lyric Theatre, Reviews, Thriller Live