Who would you expect as audience for Michael Jackson tribute musical?
I expected 80s and 90s kids but was quite surprised to discover the audience full of people born in 50s and 60s. When performers asked us to join in singing and dancing it was quite evident some of those people have lived through the era of hippies. I have to say they still got it!
Lyric Theatre is owned by Nimax Theatres, a company founded in 2005 by Nica Burns and Max Weitzenhoffer. Nimax also runs Apollo, Duchess, Garrick, Palace and Vaudeville theatres. Nica Burns is a British multiple awards winning producer. Her business partner, Max Weitzenhoffer is an American producer with a couple of Tony awards in his credits and known for his work on both sides of the Atlantic.
Lyric Theatre is the 2nd oldest theatre to open on Shaftesbury avenue in 1888. It went through a series of renovations; foyer and bars were refurbished as early as 1932-1933 and façade was restored in 1994.
Thriller Live gives a feel of a concert rather than of a musical. There is no set script but some of King of Pop’s record-breaking hits are performed from his early The Jackson 5 days to his career peak gems. There are four lead singers, three male and one female. And of course, a Michael Jackson look-alike, who is so detailed in his work that makes it hard to tell whether you are watching a reincarnated King of Pop or a look-alike. The choreography throughout the show is amazing but Dirty Diana made my jaw drop.
Thriller premiered in Lyric in 2009 and has been on run since then
Director and Choreographer: Garry Lloyd
Producers: Derek Nicol, Paul Walden, Adrian Grant
Casting: Debbie O’Brien
There are no open auditions for this show. Latest cast change was in June. They are casting male dancers for UK tour.
The cheapest ticket for my seat I got from Amazon Tickets. £32.5 for what was supposed to be a balcony seat, but as you can see from my tickets I got upgraded to dress circle seat with perfect view on whole of the stage. Yay!
Running time for the show is 2 hours 30 minutes.
The Theatre Rat