Touring – reviewed at the New Victoria Theatre, Woking
Guest reviewer: Valerie Field
Thriller Live is currently running in the West End as well as being on a UK tour. While there is no plot, it’s clear that audiences are loving it due to the show celebrating and drawing together the songs of music legend Michael Jackson in a glitzy, concert format.
As soon as the show begins the two leading performers, Britt Quentin and Shaquille Maurice Hemmans, involve the audience and take us from a theatre to a concert. This audience/cast co-ordination lasts throughout the entire night and provides a lot of fun.
The performances of all the cast, dancers and singers are great, with not a weak link among them. The individuals who stood out to me most were Rory Taylor, especially with his moving performance of ‘She’s Out of My Life’ and Adriana Louise who gave a vocally exceptional performance throughout. Also, the young boy singing as Michael was outstanding.
Eddy Lima’s resemblance to the great Michael Jackson is uncanny at times; especially when he does the iconic moonwalk across the stage. It is almost as if he transforms into Michael in front of our eyes.
Another interesting part of the show is the special effects which work very well, especially the screens on stage which again add to the concert vibe. I was very surprised when the screens opened to reveal the fabulous band who kept the night going with energy and precision. Mention must go to the two guitarists, Alan Salmon and Rob Minns, who were fantastic.
The show’s namesake, Thriller, was performed towards the end of the second half and although the set and costumes and performances were good I felt they could have made more of it.
However, all in all this is a great feel good show and a fantastic celebration of Michael Jackson songs through the ages. Don’t go for a plot but if you want a fun night out with good music, Thriller Live is well worth a visit.
Thriller Live runs at the New Victoria theatre until July 7th before continuing it’s tour.