Lyric Theatre, London
Celebrating 10 years at the Lyric Theatre, a memorable production of Thriller Live played to a full house. Adrian Grant’s vision, breathed into life by Gary Lloyd’s direction and choreography, together with John Maher’s intuitive understanding of Michael Jackson’s rock, pop and soul classics has created a fusion of excellence.
Lloyd’s genius sees him craft Jackson’s music into the human form, the cast’s non-stop movement proving an immaculately drilled display of modern dance, with the timeless songs’ lyrics and harmonies only being enhanced by Lloyd’s slick, perceptive routines.
The video displays remain breathtaking in both their ingenuity and, at times, stunning simplicity, as Maher’s five-piece on-stage band faithfully re-create the Jackson sound.
The magic of the show’s anniversary night was made all the more special by a horde of ex-company members filling the stage halfway through the second act, and causing an impromptu standing ovation, together with post-show speeches from the producers as well as Grant and Lloyd, with Lloyd in particular referencing his own personal connection to Michael Jackson.
Thriller Live remains the most consistently outstanding show in town. There are no moments of tedium nor, unlike nearly every other big musical in the West End, any weak songs whatsoever. Each moment is carefully crafted perfection in a production that is world-class entertainment.