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Thriller Live becomes Lyric's longest running show

Lyric Theatre owner Nica Burns strikes a Michael Jackson pose with actors Ramon Mariqueo Smith and David Jordan. Photo credit: Irina Chira.

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THRILLER Live has become the longest running show at the Lyric Theatre since it first opened in December 1888, shattering the previous long-standing record held by Cameron Mackintosh’s production of 5 Guys Named Moe.

Nica Burns, Chief Executive of Nimax Theatres, appeared on stage at the end of the 1,815th
performance to announce to the packed audience:

“You are part of history being made tonight. Michael Jackson won so many amazing awards and set some impressive records in his lifetime – and he continues to do that today! This is my theatre, and I’m delighted to anounce that Thriller Live has become the longest running show in its 125-year history.”

She then presented trophies from Nimax Theatres to mark the momentous occasion to Producers Paul Walden and Derek Nicol of Flying Music, the show’s award-winning Director/Choreographer Gary Lloyd, Musical Supervisor John Maher and to Original Creator Adrian Grant, whose personal association with Michael Jackson spanned 21 years and who first came up with the concept for the show.

Gary Lloyd paid tribute to the dozens of singers and dancers who have performed in the West End production before over one million customers, and to the backstage staff, technicians, designers and crew who, he said, had all played a vital part in the success of the show, but largely go unseen by the public.

And Paul Walden said: “London theateregoers and visitors to the city have truly embraced Thriller Live. It is incredibly heartwarming that Thriller Live, now in its fifth year, is playing to some of the most enthusiastic audiences of its West End run, and it is thanks to those audiences that we have been able to smash this record. Recent sales have exceeded our expectations, telling us that the West End does not want to say goodbye to Thriller Live any time soon!”

Producers recently enhanced the show by introducing an exciting new opening featuring new video material and graphics.

Thriller Live has now thrilled more than 2.3 million people worldwide after playing in 26 countries, including Germany, Japan, Italy, Poland, Denmark, Holland, Belgium, Switzerland, France, Singapore, South Africa, China, Sweden, Finland and Norway.

Thriller Live opened in the West End in January 2009 after three acclaimed UK tours. It is currently booking at the Lyric Theatre until March 16, 2014. It is also currently on tour in Brazil.

Ramon Mariqueo Smith, pictured with Nica Burns and David Jordan, was one of the first graduates of the MJ Academy.