News Can you feel it? Read about the Thriller Live buzz
June 30, 2015
New songs, new production elements, new videos and special FX
The launch of a 10-month UK & European tour
Yet another long-running West End record will be smashed soon!
Major changes are about to happen to the long-running record-breaking West End concert spectacular, Thriller Live.
A thrilling new opening to the show is being created and 4 new Michael Jackson songs - Who’s Loving You, Rockin’ Robin, Remember The Time and Human Nature - are being added.
“This is a really, really exciting time,” said Gary Lloyd, Thriller Live’s awardwinning director and choreographer. “Unlike all other West End musicals, Thriller Live’s music, choreography and costumes have been changed several times, but over the next few months we will be making a host of changes at once. We are introducing lots of new production elements, new video film sequences and some rather special visual effects to ensure the show looks stunning and to keep it up to date. When Thriller Live first opened in the West End at the Lyric Theatre in January 2009, it was definitely cutting edge. We have since refreshed the show several times but now it is getting enhanced production values to ensure our show is really eye-popping! Michael Jackson always put on thrilling live arena shows when he toured the world. He used magic and stage illusion and the latest technology to surprise his fans. The challenge to Thriller Live’s creative team is to try and recreate and capture that sense of groundbreaking dancing, singing and stage magic in a traditional theatre. Six months into our record-breaking 7-year run in the West End we aim to once again set the bar high in terms of what a West End audience will see, hear and experience.”
All the new elements will be in place by October, when a second Thriller Live company will also set out to tour the UK and Europe for 10 months, showcasing all the new elements from the West End show.
The UK tour dates are:
Blackpool Grand Theatre, 5 - 10 October
Leicester De Montfort Hall, 12 - 17 October
Aylesbury Waterside Theatre 19 - 24 October
Hull New Theatre, 26 - 31 October
Portsmouth Guildhall, 27 - 31 December
Nottingham Royal Concert Hall, Tuesday 12 - Saturday 17 January 2015
Manchester Opera House, Monday 18 - Saturday 23 January
Sunderland Empire, Monday 25 - Saturday 30 January
York Grand Opera House Monday 1 - Saturday 6 February
Stoke on Trent Regent Theatre, 11 - 13 February
Bristol Hippodrome, 15 - 20 February
Southend Cliff’s Pavilion, 22 - 27 February
Darlington Civic Theatre, 29 February - 5 March
Birmingham Alexandra Theatre, 7 - 12 March
Oxford New Theatre, 14 - 19 March
Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Monday 21 - Saturday 26 March
More dates will be added through to July 2016
There will be a West End press night on Thursday 8 October to showcase the new elements. On Sunday 12 April, 2015, Thriller Live played its 2,619th performance at the Lyric Theatre and passed the original 1960 version of Lionel Bart’s Oliver! to become the 18th Longest Running West End Musical Of All Time.
The show has yet another long-running West End record in its sight later this year... On Sunday December 13, at its 2,901st show, Thriller Live will pass Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 1978 hit Evita to be named the 17th Longest Running West End Musical Of All Time!
Thriller Live is currently booking to June 2016, which will see the production comfortably pass 3,000 West End performances.
Thriller Live continues to set and break records and play new territories around the globe. To date it has now performed to standing ovations in 30 countries from South Korea to Norway, South America to China, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
Thriller Live was originally conceived and created by Adrian Grant, a long time associate of Michael Jackson, and author of Michael Jackson – The Visual Documentary. It is produced by Paul Walden and Derek Nicol for Flying Music in association with Adrian Grant for Key Concerts.
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