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Thriller Live at Bradford Alhambra Theatre

Published by: Cameron Lowe on 5th Nov 2014 | View all blogs by Cameron Lowe
Review by Graham Clark

Thriller Live celebrates the music of Michael Jackson. If you are a fan of his music then this is the show for you. Otherwise, the quality of the presentation ensures that this remains an entertaining and uplifting evening's entertainment. 

Thriller Live

This musical has been running in the West End in London for over 5 years now and has toured the UK previously. Every time it tours there are a few changes to the production.
 
The young Michael Jackson who used to start the show has now gone, though we do still get the Jackson 5; albeit without the afro wigs that they wore in previous incarnations of the production.
 
Following his career, the tracks are performed in chronological order starting off with I Want You Back when the Jackson 5 were the "the new Teen sensation", with Michael singing lead vocals.  We get the disco period from 1977 and their Number 1 hit, Show You the Way to Go before moving on to his golden period of the Off The Wall, Thriller and Bad albums of the 1980s.
 
There is a live band in the show: the guitarist's become an integral part of the performance later on.
The dancing is energetic and the dance crew work hard throughout, but it is the lead vocalists who make the difference with an outstanding performance by Wayne Robinson. 
 
As the title, suggests the production's highlights are the songs from the Thriller album with the video of the title track being performed with the dancers dressed as the walking dead ghouls.
 
This is an easy on the ear show; sometimes gushing too much towards Jackson "he influenced everyone from Justin Timberlake to Beyonce to Usher to Maroon 5" the former names maybe true but I'm not too sure about Maroon 5. 
 
The audience were on their feet for the reprise of Thriller at the end of the show. Although a musical jukebox, this remains a high quality entertaining production. Thrilling indeed.
 
Thriller Live runs at Bradford Alhambra until Saturday 8 November 2014.
 
Tickets fromĀ£14.00 available from:  www.bradford-theatres.co.uk 
 
Image courtesy of Bradford Theatres.

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