Behind the mask: Cast & creatives

Adrian Grant

Original concept and Executive Director

Adrian’s association with Michael Jackson spanned over 20 years, and in that time he enjoyed seeing the megastar entertain millions of people all over the world.

In 1988 Adrian launched the world’s first Michael Jackson fanzine, “Off the Wall”, which had been approved by Sony and MJJ Productions. Within two years it had a circulation of 25,000 and was being read in over 47 countries around the world.

In March 1990, Michael invited Adrian to Neverland Valley, and he became the first ever person to write a feature story about his wonderful retreat. Published in the British publication “Smash Hits”, it was surprisingly Jackson’s first cover story for the popular magazine.

Adrian has been privileged to have had great access to Jackson’s world over the years, i.e. during the recording of the “Dangerous” album, “HIStory” album, world tours, photo and video shoots, exclusive interviews, lunches, dinners and much more. In 1994 Adrian wrote the best-selling Michael Jackson chronology – “The Visual Documentary”, published by Omnibus Press.

Jackson has personally acknowledged Adrian’s work many times, and in 1998 granted Adrian an exclusive interview for his third book, “Making History”. In 2001, Michael Jackson personally attended the ‘Tenth Annual Michael Jackson Tribute’ – a show Adrian had been producing since 1991. Michael described the show as “Beautiful and incredible!”

In 2006 Adrian developed the Michael Jackson Tribute show further and created “Thriller Live”, which first previewed at the Dominion Theatre.

Later that year Adrian teamed the “Thriller Live” dancers up with American RnB star, Chris Brown, to perform before Michael Jackson and a TV audience of almost one billion at The World Music Awards, celebrating the record-breaking album, “Thriller” and Jackson receiving the Diamond Award.

The following year Adrian joined up with Flying Music to produce “Thriller - Live” as a touring show, enjoying success and rave reviews across the UK and Europe.

Away from Jackson, Adrian manages performers, runs a record label, directs and produces videos and TV, and has produced a variety of other events and shows, including “Respect La Diva”, a musical celebration of some of the world’s greatest female singers from Aretha Franklin to Whitney Houston, which ran at the Garrick Theatre in the West End.

Adrian is also an experienced writer and publisher, and has worked on some of the UK’s top titles including Elle, Heat and FHM, as well as publishing his own titles - Urban Image, Blink and The Metropolist.

Adrian would like to thank everyone who has helped and supported him along the way, including those in his original “Thriller Live” production team – Kerys Nathan, Patrick Alan and Jonathan Park. But none more so than Michael Jackson who continues to provide the inspiration, creativity and music that make this show.

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