Thriller - Live extends booking period
TO CELEBRATE its fifth year in the West End, Thriller – Live, the concert show that celebrates the music of Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5, has announced a new booking period at the Lyric Theatre – until March 16, 2014.
Speaking about the show’s on-going success, producers Paul Walden and Derek Nicol of Flying Music, 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. Performances were packed over the Easter holidays and sales have exceeded our expectations, telling us that the West End does not want to say goodbye to Thriller – Live any time soon!”
Later this year, Thriller – Live will set a new record as the longest running show in the 125-year history of the Lyric Theatre, when it will break the long-standing record held until now by Cameron Mackintosh’s production of 5 Guys Named Moe.
At the begining of April, a new cast started performing in the West End production. The producers have also enhanced the show by introducing an ‘exciting’ new opening, featuring eye-popping graphics and new video material.
Earlier this year, Thriller – Live celebrated selling its one millionth ticket in the West End. To date, the show has 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 hit the West End in January 2009 after three acclaimed UK tours. It is currently on tour in Scandanavia and Brazil and opens a UK tour in Glasgow this Thursday, April 18, 2013.
Thriller Live combines high-energy dancing, ‘eye-popping’ video footage and effects together with dazzling choreography. It is not a rigid book musical with set songs, but is a constantly evolving music concert celebration.
When Michael Jackson died, the Lyric Theatre became a focus for fans from all over the world, who created a massive shrine of flowers, candles, and tributes. More than 40 books of condolence were signed in the foyer then sent to the Jackson family. A year after his death, a permanent West End memorial to Michael was unveiled in the theatre foyer.
To date, more than 30 young boys have so far sung the hits of the young Michael Jackson in the West End and around the world. The need to have six available at any one time has led the producers of Thriller – Live to launch a training academy (Thriller Live MJ Academy) to develop boys for the role of the young Michael.
Thriller – Live was originally conceived 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.