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Cast and Creative

Sean-Christopher

Lead Vocalist: Sean Christopher

Sean Christopher is described as a somewhat natural talent. Born in the UK, he grew up learning his foundations from the legends that were, the likes of Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson to name just two. With vocals that simply grab you, and a natural stage presence that leaves you breathless, he creates a kind of magic on stage that always leaves you wanting more.

Sean already has a tour with his RnB group across the UK and Ireland under his belt; more recently he has performed as lead in many West End-style musical productions. His vocal range, dance ability and presence will always keep you watching. He is a true natural talent.

Now after three successful years playing the iconic role of Michael Jackson in the hit show Thriller Live, touring some of the most amazing countries such as Japan, Brazil, Germany and France and meeting some of the most loving Michael Jackson fans all over the world, Sean is to once more have the privilege of returning to Thriller Live, continuing in the great legend’s work, Michael Jackson.

 

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Lead Vocalist: Adam J. Bernard

Adam J Bernard, born and raised in Slough, is an Actor & Singer/Songwriter and from a young age was always very active, creative and musical. Without any formal training Adam began working professionally within the industry by late 2011, starting here, at THRILLER LIVE as a lead vocalist on the European Tour.

Going on to claim his West End Debut with the show, he was then fortunate enough to tour with THRILLER LIVE in Brazil for 5 months. Being away for 3 years, Adam has worked relentlessly to add and refine his natural talent into professional skill & know-how.

His credits include: Dan Strongman in HOLBY CITY, Reynolds in US TV SERIES: LEGENDS SERIES 2, Lead Feature in "IF CARLSBERG DID KICKABOUTS..." (Commercial), Stally in Feature Film 6ROUNDS, Seaweed. J. Stubbs in HAIRSPRAY THE MUSICAL (Asia Tour), and Acting Swing/2nd Grandpa Cover in I CANT SING - THE XFACTOR MUSICAL at the London Palladium. Adam is also filming lead in his 2nd Feature Film as James in APP FOR LIFE.

Adams natural talent and ability has enabled him to work successfully in alternative fields. His most recent role was as stunt double for John Boyega's FINN in STAR WARS VII: THE FORCE AWAKENS.

Adam is delighted & honoured to come back to where it all began, and is grateful for the opportunity to once again, pay homage to one of his major musical influences personally, and to the world; The King of Pop - Michael Jackson.

He is forever appreciative to all his family, close friends for their consistent love and support and is thrilled to be back performing again on this UK tour of THRILLER LIVE

Keep up-to-date with all Adam's news & events on his Instagram & Twitter: @adamjbernard

 

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Lead Vocalist: Shaquille Hemmans

Shaquille Maerice Hemmans was born on July 21, 1994 to amazing parents Lena Morgan & Lloyd Hemmans.

Shaquille began an acting career at the age of 11, training and competing at local Barbizon OC. From there, he went on to an IMTA( International Modeling and Talent Association) competition where he was sought after by agents & managers in the entertainment industry, and went on to audition for major motion feature films such as "Notorious BIG".
Shaquille began singing at the age of 12 in his church choir, leading solos and the praise team. From there, Shaquille took the entertainment industry by storm. He was personally chosen by actor David Boreanaz to feature in Fox's hit show "Bones". He has also appeared on Disney Channels "Ant Farm", as well as a featured dancer on hit MTV Show "Awkward".

Shaquille released a EP titled "I'm Yours", and achieved more popularity by being the opening act performer for Disney Channel star China Ann Mcclain, Ant Farm, and Mcclain at the legendary House Of Blues Anaheim.

The following year Shaquille Hemmans performed on stage at the 2014 NAFCA African Oscars where he led a tribute for the late legendary Bobby Womack. He received a standing ovation and was congratulated by many of his peers in the entertainment industry as well as actor Keith David, Blair Underwood and the Womack family.

At just twenty, his career is off to an amazing start, and this is only the beginning. He released a new EP in 2015 titled "Never End" which got him placed on Spotify, iHeartRadio and Pandora worldwide.

Now aged 21, he is preparing for his first tour with Thriller Live and can't wait to share his gift of singing with the world.

 

Cleopatra

Lead Vocalist: Cleopatra Higgins

Cleo Higgins ( born Cleopatra Madonna Higgins on April 30th 1982 in Birmingham, UK ) is best known as the lead singer of 90's RnB/pop sensation Cleopatra. Formed as children in the 1990's with her sisters Zainam and Yonah, after winning a talent contest Cleopatra secured management and worked the boards which led to a record deal.

The debut album Comin Atcha ! was released on Warners yielding three top 5 hit singles in the UK - Cleopatra's Theme, Life ain't Easy and the Jackson 5 cover I Want you Back. Madonna's Maverick label signed Cleopatra for the U.S.A and the girls worked with several luminary producers on their more grown -up second album Stepping Out

Cleopatra were promoted on Jay Leno's Tonight show and Queen Latifah show, toured America with Jessica Simpson, Next, Brian McKnight, and performed on the Disney cruise ship which was broadcast worldwide on television. The girls also became the faces of make-up maverick Cover Girl

But with little crossover on the more risqué singles You Got It and Come and Get Me and the second album unreleased in the U.K the girls disbanded to pursue their solo ventures.

In 2000, Cleo recorded a duet of song Someone Like You with Russell Watson for his debut album called The Voice which made history by topping both the U.K and the U.S classical charts and went multi-platinum. Cleo duetted again with Russell on the song The Best That Love Can Be for his third album called Reprise

The 90's saw Cleo touring with Joe Budden, Russell Watson, Jagged Edge, Girls Aloud, Blue and the Spice Girls Shared the stage with Lenny Kravitz, Jimmy Ruffin, to name just a few.

In 2001, 15,000 people packed the Manchester Arena to watch Cleo help front the Young Voices break the U.K record for the largest choir with 7,000 members.

In 2002, Cleo participated in ITV1's Songs Of Bond, a tribute to the songs of James Bond where she covered For Your Eyes Only.

In 2007, Cleo released her pilot solo single Feelin Like This which was picked up by Samsung, who used it as a built- in song and ringtone.

With her love of soul, RnB, reggae, pop, classical and jazz, Cleo moves fluidly between different genres and always gives the audience something special to remember.
Cleo is not just a singer, songwriter, actress, brand ambassador but also a great performer.

In 2013, Cleo auditioned for BBC 1 The Voice All of the coaches turned around for her, she eventually chose to join Will i ams team. Cleo then battled her way through to Quarter Finals and was voted though by the public. Cleo was eliminated at the Semi Final stage of the reality show, she left the show with a explosion performance for everyone to remember her by. The last performance Cleo appeared on The Voice also landed her to be nominated for Best Act for The National Reality TV awards 2013

Cleo works very closely with charities and she will always do her very best to get involved with events/raising money for all charities.

Cleo is also an Ambassador for Hearts and Minds Charity for Autisum

 

Rory-Taylor

Lead Vocalist: Rory Taylor

Rory is a Singer and Musician from The Wirral. He has been performing since the age of 7; starting off in bands with his three brothers and his cousin and playing all over Europe. His band 54321 have released two albums and performed alongside many big acts, such as Toploader, Mel C, Ace Of Base, The Beach Boys, Tim Minchin and many more.

Rory also took part in ITVs Superstar in the summer of 2012. He performed on live TV every night for two weeks to reach the final. After coming second on the show, Rory joined the Arena Tour of Jesus Christ Superstar, playing the role of Simon and covering and playing the part of Jesus. The tour took him over to Australia and all around the UK.

Additional credits include the role of Roger in the 20th Anniversary Tour of RENT The Musical throughout the UK and Ireland. Later in 2013 Rory featured as a guest vocalist in West End Women UK tour, where he sang alongside Kerry Ellis, Ria Jones and Joanna Ampil.

Thriller Live marks Rory’s West End debut. Rory has been a huge fan of Michael’s from a very young age and is so excited to be joining the show.

You can follow Rory on Twitter @rorytaylor54321

 

Ione Townsend

Female Lead Vocalist Understudy: Ione Townsend

Ione Townsend is a Manchester born singer-songwriter/actor. She began singing in church at the age of 3 where she would be nurtured through classic voice training and shared her gift with professionals spanning across the globe.

Ione trained at the The New York Film Academy majoring in Musical Theatre.

Credits include Gorillaz, Errol Brown of Hot Chocolate, David Gest’s ‘’My Life’’ Tour, Dancing on Ice Olympic Special, Paul Heaton, Hacienda Classical.

Ione is about to gain a bachelor’s degree in songwriting and is delighted to be joining the cast of Thriller Live

 

 

Tyrone-Henry

Alternate Lead Vocalist and Cover: Tyrone Lee

Tyrone, like many leading vocalists today, began by singing in church from an early age. Performing with groups and choirs, he gained valuable training and experience.

It was whilst singing at a local church concert that he was spotted by Fame Academy judge David Grant and asked to lend his vocal support to a variety of U.K pop artists under his direction. This opportunity lead Tyrone to work with some of today’s leading artistes from the U.K and the U.S such as Gary Barlow, Peter Andre, Blur, Leona Lewis, Meat Loaf, Joe Thomas, Robert Palmer, M-People, Heather Small, Emeli Sande and West Life to name but a few.

His writing talent was quickly spotted as he penned songs on various dance music projects as well as The So Solid Crew’s Lisa Mafia’s solo album giving Tyrone his first top 20 hit in the national chart. Tyrone has also been heavily involved with the development of up and coming acts contracted by some of the industries major record labels.
Tyrone was a lead vocalist for world-renowned jazz funk outfit, Incognito. Along with recording for them, he has also recorded his own eagerly awaited debut solo album ‘Invitation’, which topped the UK Soul Chart hitting the No.1 spot in January 2014.

 

Gianni-Arancio

Dancer Swing & Dance Captain: Gianni Arancio

'Gianni is originally from Bristol and started his full time dance training at Liberatus School of Performing Arts in Swindon. Since then he moved to London and went on to further his training at Bird College, gaining a National Diploma in Dance and Theatre Performance, also being lucky enough to choreograph several numbers for the College.

Gianni’s credits whilst training include: Cinderella (ensemble), Rae Morris ‘Cold’ Music Video (Dancer), Puma Fashion Show (Dancer), John Barrowman ‘You Raise Me Up' UK Tour (Dancer), Bird College ‘Wonderlands’ (Dancer and Choreographer), ‘Crazy For You (Lank Hawkins)’

Gianni is thrilled to be joining the cast of Thriller Live as his first professional job out of College.'

 

Charlotte-Bazeley

Dancer: Charlotte Bazeley

Charlotte started performing from a young age and has grown up surrounded by a performing family.

Charlotte’s training took her to Stella Mann College, graduating in 2013. From college, Charlotte travelled to China for a contract at Venetian Macau, working on arena shows, private events and casino shows, alongside artists including The Rolling Stones and Bruno Mars.

On returning to London, Charlotte concentrated on her modelling career, working on campaigns for clients such as Uniqlo Japan, Specsavers, MTV Essence Make Up, Transferwise London and New York billboards, QVC Jewellery channel, Marks and Spencer, Birkenstock, Firetrap, Mahogany Hairdressing Barcelona tour/ Alternative hairshow/stills, Schwarzkopf, and British Hairdressing Awards.

Charlotte is very excited to be back dancing full time and on her first tour with Thriller Live, thanks to her dance agent AJK Dance who have supported her since leaving college and encouraged her in all she has achieved.

Charlotte would also like to thank all of her family, friends and teachers for their constant support and love along her journey so far.

 

Peter-Cleverley

Dancer: Peter Cleverley

Peter was born in Coventry and introduced to dance from a very young age. At the age of 15 he decided to take his dancing a lot more seriously, and at 16 he joined Cambridge Performing Arts at Bodywork Dance Studios, from where he has recently graduated.

Whilst in training, Peter worked on a UK promotional tour and various shows throughout the country. He has worked under the direction of professional companies Elementz Entertainment and Chrysalis London. Some of his credits include; ZEO Promotional tour, Heathrow Airport Christmas Flashmob, Ideal Home Show and many more.

Peter would like to thank his parents for the constant support and the belief they have had in him. He would also like to thank Gary for giving him the opportunity to perform with the cast of Thriller Live!

 

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Dancer: Savanna Darnell

Savanna started dancing hip hop and street dance at a young age and toured in Barcelona, Italy and Las Vegas, with the crew So Damn Kreative. She started singing at the age of 7, joining Cantamus Girls Choir, and then later joined Rainbow Connection Choir before starting her 3 year Musical Theatre training at Midlands Academy Of Dance And Drama at the age of 16, graduating in 2015.

Despite Thriller Live being her first professional theatre job she has gigged extensively with bands such as;Kid Creole And The Coconuts, Stony Browder Jr and Kerry Ellis and performed in many incredible venues including The Clapham Grand, The London Palladium, the Olympia and the Royal Albert Hall.

Savanna says: “I just want to say a massive thank you to all my amazing family, especially my incredible mum for supporting me through every single step of the way. I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for my family

 

Courtney-George

Dancer: Courtney George

Originally from West Yorkshire, Courtney began her training at her mum’s dance school Georgie School of Theatre Arts and branched out to many additional training schemes including the Northern Ballet Academy. She then went on to train full time at Laine Theatre Arts where she was head girl. She graduated in 2015 after completing a three year diploma course, gaining distinction.

Her theatre credits include; Ensemble & Understudy/Tiger Lily in 'Peter Pan' (Southend Cliffs Pavilion), Ensemble & Dance Captain in 'Robin Hood' (Plymouth Theatre Royal), Ms Bratt & Dance Captain in 'How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying' (LTA Studio Theatre), Singer/Dancer in 'Astair(e) At A Time', 'Flying In At 40' & 'Laine Leaps Ahead' (Epsom Playhouse).

Her TV and film credits include; Giff Gaff 'Part Of The Movement' commercial, Dancer in 'Moving Southwark' and Isabella in '1001 Inventions and The Library of Secrets'

Courtney had a role created for her in a new comedy project for TV starring Sarah Hadland - "Born To Dance", which she looks forward to begin filming next year.

She is delighted to be joining the cast of Thriller for the UK and European tour and would like to thank her amazing friends and family for their continued love and support!

 

Emily-Golding-Ellis

Dancer: Emily Golding-Ellis

Since graduating from three years of professional dance training, in 2013 Emily joined the Oliver Award winning company, Boy Blue Entertainment. Her commercial credits include, Ferrari, Nike, Puma, Channel 4 - Alan Carr’s Chatty Man supporting the Sugababes, Vodafone, London Pride and Move It. Her theatre work includes, Breakin’ Convention, Serious About Street dance at Indigo 02 arena, Riot Offspring at Sadlers Wells and Resolutions at The Place. Not only does Emily perform she is also a choreographer and teacher and has taught workshops all over the U.K in areas such as Bristol, London, Plymouth and further afield, North Carolina, America and Abu Dhabi.

Emily is excited for opportunity to be joining the Thriller live cast and would like to give special thanks to Gary Llyod and her parents Clive and Suzanne for their continued support.

 

Lauren-May

Dancer Swing & Resident Director: Lauren Hearnden Mayer

Training: London, Dusseldorf/Cologne Germany, Rhythmic Gymnastics Olympic Base Wattenscheid, Germany

Theatre Credits include:

Ensemble in Dirty Dancing European Tour (2015), Ashley in Starlight Express Bochum (2014), Ensemble Monty Python Live (2014), Hip Hopper 3 in Starlight Express Asia Tour and Joule cover Buffy, Ashely in Starlight Express Bochum (2011-2013), Ensemble in Blues Brothers Duisburg Germany (2009), Celebrity Millennium cruise (2009)

TV Credits: Monty Python live, Dancer for Bruces Hall of Fame at BBC, dancer for ZDF Fernsehgarten

 

Andrew-Lyle-Pinnock

Dancer: Andrew Lyle Pinnock

Born in Manchester, Andrew started dancing when he was 16 years old at the Zion Centre in Manchester.

Alongside that he always liked to act and sing and took part in community plays and musicals. In 2009, Andrew joined the Hammond school in Chester for a 3 year level 6 national diploma course in musical theatre. He was cast as a lead part in 'We Will Rock You' in his first year there and had success in the productions from then on.

Since graduating, his professional credits include: multiple fashion shows for brands including Umbro, Nike, Bridle wear and Adidas, choreographer on new musical The Puppeteer, background actor on the film Genius starring Jude Law, Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman, performing with Kanye West at The Brit Awards, music videos for artists such as the Hoosiers, TV appearances for Zingzillars CBBC, promo film for ITV’s Fixers, and adverts for Hula Hoop and Honda.

Andrew is delighted and excited to be joining the cast of Thriller Live!

 

Eddy-Lima

Dancer/Understudy: Eddy Lima

Eddy began performing at the age of 11, in the contest NOVOS TALENTOS with a tribute to Michael Jackson, which led to invitations to participate in dance contest on a national and international scale. He has appeared on several TV shows in his home country of Brazil, performing alongside renowned dancer and choreographer Lavelle Smith.

Performance credits include:

Era Uma Vez Uma Floresta with MUSICAL TURMA DA MÔNICA , created and produced by Studios Mauricio de Sousa

Ballet Claudia Leitte Summer Festival of Salvador with JULIO LIMA COMPANY

Thriller Live! Brazil

Soul Sister at GelreDome, Arnhem.

Days of Struggle, Days of Glory at Teatro Coliseu, Brazil

Opening Ceremony for launch of the Olympic Torch Rio 2016

Opening Ceremony for Olympiad WorldSkills Sao Paulo 2015

 

Ryan-Josiah

Dancer: Ryan Josiah

Ryan Josiah Trained at The Urdang Academy and graduated with a National Diploma in Dance.

Ryan has danced for artists such as Cheryl Cole and Tinnie Tempah, and performed on the television show Britain's Got Talent. He has also danced for companies such as Definitives, who won first place at World of Dance in 2011.

Ryan hopes to be an inspiration to young people. He also hopes to always remains positive and work hard to achieve his dreams."

 

Jacinta-Seivers

Dancer: Jacinta Seivers

Australian born and raised Jacinta has performed nationally and internationally as a dancer and acrobat. After working successfully in Melbourne for many years she decided to make the move to the UK to further her career.

Jacinta has worked in many different fields including commercial, contemporary, TV and musical theatre. Her credits include The Production Company’s ‘Kismet’, Collaboration The Projects ‘Collide’, The Asian Cup opening ceremony, Dubai Rugby 7’s, the Australian Open and representing the UK at the Milan Expo 2015. She has also danced commercially for the likes of Flo Rida, Red Foo, Olly Murs and countless Australian Artists. Jacinta is very excited to be joining the cast of Thriller Live for the UK/European tour and can’t wait to perform throughout the country she now calls home.

 

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Dancer: Chad Wilder

Chad began dancing at the age of 14 at Dynamic Theatre Arts Academy in Surrey.

At the age of 18, Chad received a scholarship to train professionally at Bird College, where he graduated with a National Diploma in Professional Dance and Musical Theatre.
Since graduating in 2014, Chad has appeared in commercials for companies including McDonalds, and performed as an ensemble member in Basildon Towngate Theatre's Pantomime, Cinderella.

Chad is delighted to be joining the cast of Thriller Live in his first professional tour and would like to thank Gary Lloyd for giving him this amazing opportunity. Chad would also like to thank all his family and friends for their constant and unconditional support.

 

Band list:

Mike-Lindup

Musical Director/Keyboard 1: Mike Lindup

Mike Lindup is a founder member of Level 42. Formed in 1980, the band
has sold over 30 million albums worldwide and is still going strong,
thrilling live audiences with their stage performances.
Over the last 35 years he has also played with Dominic Miller, Sting,
Midge Ure, Nik Kershaw, Boy George, George Martin, Eric Clapton,
Ringo Starr and the late George Harrison.
He regularly plays in the West End Shows Thriller Live and Let It Be,
and this will be his fourth Thriller Live Tour, and his second as Musical
Director.

 

Robert-Minns

Keyboard 2/Guitar2: Rob Minns

Robert is a multi instrumentalist based in Scotland. He obtained a degree in classical piano from Edinburgh Napier university and has worked extensively as a vocalist and guitarist around the UK, Europe and the Middle East. Robert is involved in a variety of musical genres playing rock, funk and traditional Scottish music in various bands. Since joining the Thriller Live tour in 2013 Robert has performed with Thriller in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, South Korea and the UK including the West End.

 

Allan-Salmon

Guitar 1: Allan Salmon

Allan Salmon is a London based session guitarist with a modern, eclectic, soulful style of playing. Included in a wide range of his musical influences are artistes such as D'Angelo, James Taylor, Steely Dan, Robben Ford, Erykah Badu, Sting, Ray Charles, Michael Jackson. Earnest Ranglin and many more.

Since graduating from ACM as 'guitarist of the year' in 2001, Allan has performed or recorded alongside many artists including Steve Rodgers, Phatts & Small, Jamie Cullum, Shells, Claudia Rose, Dave Giles and Danny Gruff to name a few.

When Allan isn't out on the road performing, he can be found online teaching guitar via Skype, or recording guitar product videos, lessons and demonstrations for YouTube.

For more info, visit www.allan-salmon.com

 

Jo-Phillpotts

Bass: Jo Phillpotts

Jo is a busy freelance bass player based in the London area. He enjoys a varied schedule of live, studio and theatre work both in the UK and abroad. Live work to date, has seen Jo play for artists and bands such as: Carleen Anderson, Down To The Bone, Gwen Dickey (Rose Royce), Cece Peniston, Dawn Robinson (En Vogue), Marcella Detroit (Shakespeare’s Sister) and Little Anthony.

Venues played include Glastonbury Festival, Wembley Arena, V Festival, ‘Ahoy’ arena Rotterdam, Ronnie Scott’s Soho and The Jazz Café Camden. In Theatre he has toured on shows such as ‘Hair’, ‘The Bodyguard’, ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ in London’s West End and ‘Thriller’ amongst many other shows in the UK and Europe.

Studio work has seen Jo record for TV and Radio as well as many original
projects. This includes the BBC, Jazz FM and bands such as Big Country. A huge fan of Michael Jackson’s music, Jo is very proud to be part of ‘Thriller Live’

Jo is to be endorsed by John East preamps, and Lava Cables.

www.jophillpotts.com

 

Davide-Giovannini

Drums: Davide Giovanni

A versatile musician, he has worked with artists such as Paul McCartney, Steve Winwood, Lisa Stansfield, Vanessa Mae, Snowboy, Roy Ayers, Marlena Shaw, James Galway, Toninho Horta, Jocelyn Brown, Down To The Bone, Cubanismo, Marcos Valle.

As a composer and bandleader he's been performing with "Minas Project".

 

 

 

Tom-Arnold

Percussion: Tom Arnold

Tom has toured throughout Europe and the US and recorded - on drums and keyboards - with Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, T’Pau, The Cutting Crew, Wang Chung and comedian Boothby Graffoe.

He also works with the creators of Stomp on their new production The Lost And Found Orchestra. They have performed 2 sell-out runs at the Brighton Festival, Sydney Opera House, Royal Festival Hall, Theatre Carre in Amsterdam, Café de Paris and the Philharmonie in Cologne.

For the past 20 years Tom has also been working with young disabled people and young offenders running music workshops for the Prince’s Trust, Highdown Prison, Feltham Young Offenders Institution and the Orpheus Centre with Richard Stilgoe.

 

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