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Thriller Live - King's Theatre, Glasgow

Published by: Cameron Lowe on 22nd May 2018 | View all blogs by Cameron Lowe

 

Review by Suzanne Lowe

 

Thriller Live makes a welcome return to Glasgow this week, once again entertaining audiences with iconic songs from the King of Pop.

 

More of a tribute show than a jukebox musical we are taken through the various eras of Michael Jackson’s back catalogue.  With incredible vocals, dance moves, staging and lighting this show does not disappoint.  Focusing only on his vast range of hits it does not explore the more turbulent times that Jackson had to endure.

 

Personally I preferred the original staging of the Jackson Five section at the start of the show.  While the lead vocalists were incredible I missed the crowd pleasing performance normally associated with the casting of a ‘young’ Michael.  The projection of a child singing ‘Rockin’ Robin’ with only the female dancers on stage just didn’t cut it for me and the applause from the audience would suggest this number was slightly underwhelming.

 

Led by the dynamically talented vocalist/resident director Britt Quentin - Shaquille Hemmans, Rory Taylor, Ina Seidou and Eddy Lima all gave outstanding performances bringing a unique element to each of the numbers.  I would find it difficult to single any of them out.  Truly talented people.

 

The cast of dancers performed each routine with an energy that has to be applauded.  Iconic MJ dance moves executed to perfection.  Hats off indeed to the stamina required to sustain these numbers at each performance.  Definitely one of the hardest working casts I have seen in a long time.

 

With the performance featuring a selection of Michael Jackson’s hit songs including Beat It, Dirty Diana, Bad (too many to mention really) the stand out number for me would have to be ‘Smooth Criminal’.  With perfect vocals, staging, dance and atmosphere, this number truly came together to be nothing short of spectacular.  A spine tingling moment came in the form of ‘Earth Song’.  The audience fell eerily silent as the first few lines of vocals were delivered.  A remarkable thought provoking song.  We all waited in anticipation for the title number ‘Thriller’ which was performed towards the end of the evening.  Classic moves and costumes ensured that this was worth the wait. 

 

The audience were definitely up for participating at every opportunity.  Encouraged by cast members at various intervals to get onto their feet they did not need much persuading.  Singing along and dancing this was an audience who left feeling happy and thoroughly entertained.  I would encourage you to go along and grab some of that happiness this week.

 

Thriller Live – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

21 – 26 May 2018

Evenings 7.30pm (Mon – Fri)

Saturday 4pm and 8pm

www.atgtickets.com/glasgow 

0844 871 7648* calls cost up to 7 per minute plus your phone company’s access charge 

 

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