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2018 - A YEAR CELEBRATING MICHAEL JACKSON
THE GREATEST ENTERTAINER OF ALL TIME

5th February 2018

 

  • Thriller Live enters its 10th year Moonwalking in the West End
  • More celebrations are planned for Thriller Live’s 4,000th West End performance and what would have been Michael Jackson’s 60th birthday in August
  • Michael Jackson: On The Wall at the National Portrait Gallery will celebrate The King of Pop’s influence on other artists
  • On February 15, 2018, Thriller Live will become the 14th Longest Running West End Musical in history


Through his timeless music, ground-breaking music videos, dance moves and choreography, Michael Jackson
became one of the most influential cultural figures to come out of the 20th century, and his legacy continues today.
2018 would have been The King of Pop’s 60th birthday, and a year of celebration is planned for “The Greatest
Entertainer of All Time”.


Thriller Live, the concert spectacular at London’s Lyric Theatre, which showcases his unforgettable music and
dazzling choreography will see its record-breaking West End run enter its 10th year. And on February 15, the
show will smash yet another West End record by becoming the 14th Longest Running Musical in History. Thriller
Live also holds the record as the eighth longest running show currently playing in the West End. Yet more
celebrations are planned for the 4,000th West End performance later in the year.


A second Thriller Live company is touring the UK and Europe until July.
The art world will join in the celebrations with Michael Jackson: On the Wall, at the National Portrait Gallery from
28 June - 31 October. This landmark exhibition brings together the works of over 40 artists, drawn from public
and private collections around the world, including new works made especially for the exhibition. It will explore
the influence of Michael Jackson on some of the leading names in contemporary art, spanning several
generations of artists across all media.


The cast of Thriller Live will also be keeping his musical memory alive by performing on some major primetime
shows on BBC1 and ITV - watch for updates.


Thriller Live recently announced a new West End booking period to 30 September, 2018.
Adrian Grant, longtime associate of Michael Jackson and executive directer of Thriller Live, said: ”Michael
Jackson, who so sadly passed away on the 25th June 2009, is and will always be the undisputed King of Pop.
He is in my opinion the world’s greatest ever entertainer, and I feel it is very fitting that Thriller Live continues its
West End run and world tour as a tribute to his memory, and as a celebration of his work. We dedicate Thriller
Live to Michael Jackson - the performer and the man - for his creativity and humanitarian vision of peace, love
and harmony. It has been a privilege for everyone connected to the show to work with one of the greatest ever
catalogues in music history. We hope this celebration will be just one small part of the Michael Jackson legacy.”
Thriller Live is unlike other West End musicals. There is no script or story, it is instead a eye-popping celebration
of Michael Jackson’s music and dance legacy, bringing to life on stage his distinctive high-energy dancing and
the pulsating sound of many of pop’s greatest hits. The show changes each year with new numbers added, and
features specially created video footage and effects and dazzling choreography by the show’s award-winning
director, Gary Lloyd.


Thriller Live first Moonwalked into the Lyric Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue in 2009 and it holds the record as
the longest ever run of a show since the theatre started entertaining the capital in December 1888.
Thriller Live has now been seen by 4,483,254 milion people in 33 countries and played over 5,929
performances worldwide, never failing to get a standing ovation!


The current Thriller Live West End company are:
Charlotte Berry, Jason Brock, Wayne Anthony Cole, Vivienne Ekwulugo, Haydon Eshun, David Jordan, John
Moabi, Cordell Mosteller, Stefan Sinclair, Aisling Duffy, Peter Cleverly, Florivaldo Mossi, Jamie Mason, Ella Redhead,
Brett Baxter, Shakara Brown, Ella Coghill, Jamal Crawford, Joel Ekperigin, Ashley Jordon-Packer, Emma
Jane Smith, Sophie Usher, Jorgia Vaughan, Triple Calz, Isaiah Mason, Christian Posso, Jay Jay Prince.

The band are:
Musical Supervisor, Keyboard 2 & Guitar 2 John Maher; AMD, Keyboard 1, Ryan
Farmery; Guitar 1 Damien Cooper; Bass Oliver Latka; Drums Mike Bradley; Percussion Accy Yeats.

The Creative Team are:
Director and Choreographer Gary Lloyd, Original concept and Executive Director Adrian Grant, Musical Supervisor
and Head Arranger John Maher, Set Designer Jonathan Park, Lighting Designer Nigel Catmur, Associate
Lighting Designer Matt Lee, Video Content Designer Colin Rozee and Potion Pictures ,Costume Stylists and
Supervisors Shooting Flowers, Sound Designer Chris Whybrow, Casting Director Debbie O’Brien, Associate
Choreographer Jo Dyce, Media Programmer Sam MacLaren.

Producers:
Paul Walden and Derek Nicol for Flying Music in association with Adrian Grant for Key Concerts.


Thriller Live was originally conceived and created by Adrian Grant, a long time associate of Michael Jackson.


Thriller Live recently completed its second residency in the People’s Republic of China, where in 2016 it was
honoured to be chosen as the opening production at a brand new state-of-the-art 1,200-seat theatre at the new
Parisian Hotel Macau.

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