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2018 - a year celebrating the genius of Michael Jackson

Photo of Stefan Sinclair from the 2018 Thriller Live company by Betty Zapata.

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THRILLER Live, the concert spectacular at London’s Lyric Theatre, which showcases his unforgettable music and dazzling choreography will see its record-breaking West End run enter its 10th year.

And on February 15, the show will smash yet another West End record by becoming the 14th Longest Running Musical in History. Thriller Live also holds the record as the eighth longest running show currently playing in the West End.

Yet more celebrations are planned for the 4,000th West End performance later in the year.

The art world will join in the celebrations with Michael Jackson: On the Wall at the National Portrait Gallery from June 28 to October 21.

This landmark exhibition brings together the works of over 40 artists, drawn from public and private collections around the world, including new works made especially for the exhibition. It will explore the influence of Michael Jackson on some of the leading names in contemporary art, spanning several generations of artists across all media.

The cast of Thriller Live will also be keeping his musical memory alive by performing on some major primetime shows on BBC1 and ITV – watch for updates.

A second Thriller Live company is touring the UK and Europe until July.

Adrian Grant, longtime associate of Michael Jackson and executive director of Thriller Live, said: ”Michael Jackson, who so sadly passed away on the 25th June 2009, is and will always be the undisputed King of Pop. He is in my opinion the world’s greatest ever entertainer, and I feel it is very fitting that Thriller Live continues its West End run and world tour as a tribute to his memory, and as a celebration of his work.

“We dedicate Thriller Live to Michael Jackson – the performer and the man – for his creativity and humanitarian vision of peace, love and harmony. It has been a privilege for everyone connected to the show to work with one of the greatest ever catalogues in music history. We hope this celebration will be just one small part of the Michael Jackson legacy.”

The current Thriller Live West End company are: Charlotte Berry, Jason Brock, Wayne Anthony Cole, Vivienne Ekwulugo, Haydon Eshun, David Jordan, John Moabi, Cordell Mosteller, Stefan Sinclair, Aisling Duffy, Peter Cleverly, Florivaldo Mossi, Jamie Mason, Ella Redhead, Brett Baxter, Shakara Brown, Ella Coghill, Jamal Crawford, Joel Ekperigin, Ashley Jordon-Packer, Emma Jane Smith, Sophie Usher, Jorgia Vaughan, Triple Calz, Isaiah Mason, Christian Posso and Jay Jay Prince.

The band are: Musical Supervisor, Keyboard 2 and Guitar 2 John Maher; AMD, Keyboard 1 Ryan Farmery; Guitar 1 Damien Cooper; Bass Oliver Latka; Drums Mike Bradley; and Percussion Accy Yeats.

Thriller Live is unlike other West End musicals. There is no script or story, it is instead a celebration of Michael Jackson’s music and dance legacy, bringing to life on stage his distinctive high-energy dancing and the pulsating sound of many of pop’s greatest hits. The show changes each year with new numbers added, and features specially created video footage and effects and dazzling choreography by the show’s award-winning director, Gary Lloyd.

Thriller Live is currently booking at the Lyric Theatre until September 30, 2018.

Image: Photo of Stefan Sinclair from the 2018 Thriller Live company by Betty Zapata.