Following the closure of all West End theatres due to the Coronavirus outbreak, producers today announced that Thriller Live performed its last Moonwalk at the Lyric Theatre on 15 March 2020 – the 4657th West End performance.
Thriller Live had been due to end its record-breaking 11-year run on 28 April and was just three shows away from becoming the 11th-longest running West End musical of all time.
In a statement the producers said:
“We would like to thank everyone who has worked on the show; the cast, band, crew, creative team, head office, freelance contributors and theatre staff past and present. We have the BEST team in the world. We’ve loved sharing the music and magic of MJ in London and we will keep the legacy alive on tour. Finally a MASSIVE thanks to all you Dancing Machines, we just can’t stop loving you. Ticket holders should contact point of purchase.”
The West End concert spectacular is a non-stop concert featuring all of the greatest hits from a career spanning the Jackson 5 to Thriller, the world’s best-selling album with more than 105 million copies sold to date. Originally scheduled from January to May 2009, Thriller Live’s run has been extended over 20 times since
A second production of Thriller Live continues to tour the world with dates throughout the UK that will be rescheduled once the virus outbreak is under control.
The musical 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 opened in December 1888.
Thriller Live has now been seen by over five million people in 33 countries and played over 7,000 performances worldwide. The show was originally conceived and created by Adrian Grant, a long time associate of Michael Jackson.
Leading the creative team were director/choreographer Gary Lloyd and musical supervisor and head arranger John Maher.