One of London’s most successful musicals is undergoing a revamp to keep the cutting edge production at the top of its game.
Thriller Live, now in its record-breaking seventh year charting the success of icon Michael Jackson, is introducing major changes including new songs, new production elements, new videos and special effects.
And, as well as continuing at the Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, the show is off on another 10-month UK & Europe.
A thrilling new opening to the show is being created and four new Michael Jackson songs – Who’s Loving You, Rockin’ Robin, Remember The Time and Human Nature – are being added.
“This is a really, really exciting time,” said Gary Lloyd, Thriller Live’s award-winning director and choreographer.
“Unlike all other West End musicals, Thriller Live’s music, choreography and costumes have been changed several times, but over the next few months we will be making a host of changes at once.
“We are introducing lots of new production elements, new video film sequences and some rather special visual effects to ensure the show looks stunning and to keep it up to date.
“When Thriller Live first opened at the Lyric Theatre in January 2009, it was definitely cutting edge. Now it is getting enhanced production values to ensure our show is really eye-popping!
“Michael Jackson always put on thrilling live arena shows when he toured the world. He used magic and stage illusion and the latest technology to surprise his fans.
“The challenge to Thriller Live’s creative team is to try and recreate and capture that sense of groundbreaking dancing, singing and stage magic in a traditional theatre.
“Six months into our record-breaking seven-year run we aim to once again set the bar high in terms of what a West End audience will see, hear and experience.”
All the new elements will be in place by October, when a second Thriller Live company will also set out to tour the UK and Europe for 10 months, showcasing all the new elements from the West End show.
Thriller Live is currently booking to June 2016, which will see the production comfortably pass 3,000 West End performances.
UK tour dates:
October 5-10, Grand Theatre, Blackpool October 12-17, De Montfort Hall, Leicester October 19-24, Aylesbury Waterside Theatre October 26-31, New Theatre, Hull December 27-31, Guildhall, Portsmouth January 12-17, Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham January 18-23, Opera House, Manchester January 25-30, Empire, Sunderland February 11-13, Regent Theatre, Stoke on Trent February 15-20, Hippodrome, Bristol February 22-27, Cliff’s Pavilion, Southend February 29-March 5, Civic Theatre, Darlington March 7-12, Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham March 14-19, New Theatre, Oxford March 21-26, Festival Theatre, Edinburgh