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Cleo Higgins to make her W/E stage debut in Thriller Live

Cleo Higgins. Photo credit: Irina Chira.

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CLEO Higgins, lead singer of 90s pop group Cleopatra, is to make her West End debut in Thriller Live, which is currently booking at the Lyric Theatre until Sunday, April 19, 2015.

Higgins joins the London cast of the long-running, record-breaking show on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, direct from touring the UK and Europe, where she earned rave reviews for her incredible Jackson-like vocals.

Higgins, from Birmingham, is one of four lead vocalists who, between them, sing Jackson’s numerous chart hits.

“I’m a huge Michael Jackson fan and I identify with him,” said Higgins. “I’m an Eighties baby – I come from the same era. When he died I literally cried every day for a year. His death reminded me how connected I felt to him as a person and musician, but I didn’t recognise how strong those links were until then.

“My favourite song I get to perform in the show is They Don’t Really Care About Us. I get to feel the energy Michael gave when he sang, when it was recorded. I get right into that zone and I feel every word. We celebrate his incredible legacy in Thriller Live. His songs will never die.”

Michael Jackson and Cleo Higgins were both successful child stars, singing in pop groups with their siblings and managed by their parents. As lead singer of Cleopatra, aged 13, Higgins was signed to Madonna’s Maverick label in the US. She had three Top 5 hits, two hit TV series, sang for the Pope and supported The Spice Girls on tour. And in 2013, she reached the final stages of The Voice with Will.i.am calling her “a superstar”.

Thriller Live is a constantly evolving spectacular concert-style show. With no storyline, it simply celebrates the songs, ground-breaking videos and iconic dance moves of Michael Jackson, who even now continues to make headlines. Last month, he topped the album charts almost five years after his death with the release of his second posthumous album, Xscape.

Directed and choreographed by award-winning Gary Lloyd, Thriller Live is produced by Paul Walden and Derek Nicol for Flying Music in association with Adrian Grant for Key Concerts, author of Michael Jackson – The Visual Documentary.