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W/E's first MJ, Kieran Alleyne, returns to Thriller - Live for one night only

Kieran Alleyne

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ON WEDNESDAY, January 22, 2014, as Thriller – Live enters its record- breaking 6th year at the Lyric Theatre, the West End’s first Michael Jackson, Kieran Alleyne, returns to the show for one night only.

Kieran Alleyne was a shy 13-year-old Leicester schoolboy with no formal acting training when he was chosen in an open audition from thousands of young hopefuls for a starring role in the West End, singing the songs of the young Michael Jackson in Thriller – Live.

Opening night in 2009 was a glittering celebrity premiere, with an audience packed with major pop and rock stars and even Michael Jackson’s eldest brother, Tito Jackson in attendance. Kieran was a sensation, won rave reviews from the critics and went on to wow audiences for a further two years, touring the world with the hit show. He even appeared in a massive arena version, performing before tens of thousands.

Now aged 18 and dubbed a young British Chris Brown, Kieran is forging a new music career as a rising R&B/pop recording artist creating an exciting buzz in both the UK and US. His song Atmosphere was selected by Radio 1 for airplay by Nick Grimshaw, Greg James and Scott Mills and he has been working closely with prominent urban music executive, Max Gousse, under his new label Artistry Worldwide Entertainment, distributed through the UK division of VIRGIN/EMI.

Gousse has discovered and worked with some of the top artists in the business like Beyonce, YG, Ron Isley and Ty $. Kieran caught Gousse’s attention through his YouTube channel, where the singer was able to create a massive fan base and collect more than 400,000 YouTube views of his original content and covers of his favorite songs. He also recently became a style ambassador for Adidas Neo, along with Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez.

Kieran Alleyne as the young Michael Jackson

Gary Lloyd, Thriller-Live’s award-winning director and choreographer, said:

“Kieran was a wonderful discovery when he turned up on a freezing cold morning at our West End open call auditions. In 2008 we were literally seeing hundreds of youngsters, many with experience in musicals like The Lion King, Oliver! and Billy Elliott. But Kieran immediately stood out from the crowd. He had a pure sound and great stage presence despite his lack of formal training – holding centre stage alone in front of almost 1,000 people a night didn’t seem to faze him at all.

“He obviously loved Michael Jackson and his music and performing and was always trying to perfect new moves and hone his vocals backstage. I am delighted that he’s forging a new career as a successful recording artist and to welcome him back to the Thriller – Live family now singing as the adult MJ. Wednesday, January 22 promises to a very special night full of surprises.”

Thriller – Live is currently booking until Sunday, September 28, 2014.

Read more about Thriller – Live and our February 2010 review.