‘You can’t Beat It for an awesome evening of entertainment’: Thriller Live – West End ★★★★★

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Lyric Theatre, London

Sometimes you know that a particular show or indeed performance will not only be special, but also remain with you for a long time to come. The Thriller Live 4,000th Charity Gala Performance in the aid of The Prince’s Trust was one of those performances.

An evening with the body of the show untouched, a couple of Princes Trust’s ambassadors, a return of an original cast member and a very special guest appearance by self-confessed Michael Jackson fan Peter Andre was sure to be a memorable experience.

Vocalist Kieran Alleyne joined the cast at age 13 as the young Michael Jackson. At times talent does not always transcend into adulthood but this can’t be said for Alleyne. His talent shines even brighter now and he rightly received thunderous acknowledgement of this fact at the bows.

Vivienne Ekwulugo dazzled as she always does (I can comfortably say this as I’ve seen her perform on a number of occasions), while David Julien and Haydon Eshun continue to delight as lead vocalists. Xhanti Mbonzongwana as the young MJ wowed the audience, especially when dancing to ‘Billie Jean’ with Alleyne.

This special night really did belong to Peter Andre though, who clearly looked like all his dreams had come true by performing at this event. Andre’s charisma, dance and spot-on vocals were proof of why he has such a huge fan base. He looked so at home singing iconic songs such as ‘She’s Out Of My Life’ and received a mid-song standing ovation for ‘Man in the Mirror’ – and rightly so.

This production continues to be a must-see for any Michael Jackson fan, the choreography, visuals, band and performers are all top drawer. Whilst you won’t unfortunately have the bonus of seeing Mr Andre you can’t Beat It for an awesome evening of entertainment. All I can say is long may the moonwalking continue at the Lyric Theatre!

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Caroline Hanks-Farmer
Having been a performer for many years, Caroline knows first hand how much the support of a good audience is valued, appreciated and needed. She is passionate about all performing art, but has a particular interest in new writing and Off-West End productions. Having reviewed for other publications, she set up her website, Carn’s Theatre Passion, to provide more exposure for these areas, as well as news, views, interviews and information on all stage-related matters.
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Having been a performer for many years, Caroline knows first hand how much the support of a good audience is valued, appreciated and needed. She is passionate about all performing art, but has a particular interest in new writing and Off-West End productions. Having reviewed for other publications, she set up her website, Carn’s Theatre Passion, to provide more exposure for these areas, as well as news, views, interviews and information on all stage-related matters.