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Leon from Coventry
Standing in the freezing cold with numb ears and fingers on the 5th January 2010 I battled the adverse weather conditions and travelled to London to watch ‘Thriller Live’, a tribute to Michael Jackson in with my girlfriend for a birthday treat. Despite the very real prospect that the trains would be cancelled due to snow and that we wouldn’t make the show, as a Jackson fan I was very much looking forward to the performance. Thankfully we arrived in good time and the theatre struck me as small, dingy and old fashioned, however we took our seats on the balcony and were looking forward to the performance. At the beginning of the show, Jacksons ‘vital statistics’ flashed up on the screen, X-Factor styleé. ‘BEST SELLING ARTIST OF ALL TIME’, ‘MOST AWARDED MALE SINGER EVER’ etc etc. adorned the large projection screen. I would be forgiven to believe that I accidentally stepped into ‘Guinness Book of Records: The Musical’. Nonetheless, once the Jackson facts and figures disappeared – the hugely recognisable beat of ‘Billie Jean’ bellowed through the PA and the crowd went crazy. Suddenly my optimism was renewed. Singing the song was a female singer who clearly had done musicals before. Her vocals were affected and ‘over-Americanized’ and it just didn’t sound natural, however then amidst a burst of smoke and sparks a talented vocalist appeared to rescue the song and delivered a confident and accurate display that almost justified Jackson’s vocal abilities. As the show progressed and other Jackson songs were belted out, some more successful than others, I thoroughly enjoyed the performances. Ok, they weren’t as electrifying and compelling as seeing the man himself but I certainly was guilty of tapping my feet along and singing out loud to many of the classic hits. However, the best moment of the show was when a MJ look-alike and dance-alike entered the stage to perform Smooth Criminal with the exact choreograph of the original video. This performer was very convincing and goose bumps started to appear on the back of my neck as for a split second, I believed that it was Jackson on that stage. Overall, I was impressed with the production. Although some of the songs needed work – in general the dancing was slick, the vocals were confidence and most importantly the crowd were enjoying the performance. It was definitely worth braving the cold for this performance.
Roger, Anita, Elena & Mia Foster from Burton, UK
THRILLER LIVE!! MISS IT; MISS OUT!!
May 2nd; 19.30: Having read some of the reviews we where a little apprehensive. Having now watched the show (birthday present for our 10 year old daughter) it is simply 'fantastic' and one not to miss show. Forget the 'toffee nose, stuck up toffs'reviews who have slated or microscopped this performance. It is not a traditional 'musical', more of a non stop 'concert/dance/celebration' of the 'King of Pop'. Well choregraphed and put together. You want to get up and dance/clap/sing, then do it, dont take it too seriously and you will have a great time. 3 encores, the hits keep coming, the band is excellent and Zoe Birkett rocks and gives 100% throughout, credit to her. The LA guy who plays MJ looks and dances the part. Simple set, but effective. Expect loud music and the off 'whoopee' chant. The theatre was a sell out, only place we managed tickets was via 'seetickets.com', check out the Lyric Theatre seating plan online to select best areas for your money. Enjoy!!
Simon R from London
HIGH POINT: BEAT IT GUITAR SOLO!
HIGH POINT: Beat it guitar solo! LOW POINT: the sound system! Sounds like a home high hifi - no bass. Which takes away from the impact of a great show.
London visiter from London, UK
THRILLED WITH THRILLER
Had a great time at this show. It had a slow start with some ok Jackson 5 songs, but the music & dancing just got better as the night wore on. The last 45 min of the show was well worth the price of the Leicester Square 1/2 price tickets. If you love Michael Jackson's music and don't expect Michael Jackson to actually show up, you cannot help but love the energy and great tribute of this show. We left happy & smiling and would recommend this show to anyone who is looking for a night of musical entertainment.
CC from UK
NOT SUCH A THRILL!
SAW THRILLER AT THE WKD, A FAIRLY GOOD SHOW, THE YOUNG MJ WAS MEMORABLE, ESPECIALLY SOME OF THE LEAD VOCAL SINGERS. THOUGHT THE MJ DANCER/LOOKALIKE AND ANOTHER WAS DEFINATELY MIMING AT ONE POINT, AS WAS CLOSE TO FRONT. THE THRILLER ACT WAS A BIT OF A LET-DOWN UNFORTUNATELY AS OUTFITS AND MASKS WERE SO NOT SCARY, AND AT TIMES IT SEEMED A BIT LIKE 'HIGH SCHL MUSICAL'. WHATS WITH THE HOT DOG STAND, BEACH CLOTHES ETC? A GREAT MOMENT WAS THE SMOOTH CRIMINAL SCENE WHERE THE DANCERS RE-ENACTED THE SLANTED STANCE, WOW THAT WAS GREAT. OVERALL NOT A BAD SHOW! DONT PLAN TO C AGAIN THOUGH.
Anonymous from Anytown, AT 55555
NO THRILLER MORE OF A SHOCKER
We had great seats in the dress circle at the front, but we did pay a top ticket price for the privlage. We were open minded to the show, having read the reviews.The format seemed fine, but there was no "star of show" to take us on the journey, no one particular performer was able to work the audience, so we were a little subdude for the first half. The male dance were fantastic, but the ladies were not great, timing was a big issue. The second half was bit more lively and we were encouraged to get up from our seats and dance, but not all the audience did.I think if you are big fan of M.J then you will enjoy it, as it's more of a concert, but if want to see a musical with a story don't pick Thriller.
Angel from London,
This was a huge disappointment the first half of the show is very amateur with audience participation!!!! weak singer and danceretc, all a mess. Amazingly the Second half was very good if you haven't left before! How can a show be so poor in one half you dont go to a west end show to feel like you are in a pantomine
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