Thriller Live – A True Tribute to the Man in the Mirror
Michael Jackson is one of the most legendary performers this world has ever seen. He has been inducted into countless Halls of Fame, won 748 awards and inspired countless music idols including Justin Timberlake, Usher, Beyoncé, Lady Gaga and Whitney Houston leaving a lasting legacy on this world. And Thriller Live is a worthy celebration of this King of Pop!
It is a tough ask to do justice to this mammoth music visionary, an icon whose music, videos and stage presence are legendary. Any attempt to recreate his performances could fall flat next to those of Michael Jackson himself. But that is certainly not the case with the awe-inspiring performances in Thriller Live!
Taking a journey through his non-stop catalogue of hits – including ‘ABC’, ‘Can You Feel It’, ‘Smooth Criminal’, ‘Man in the Mirror’ and ‘Billie Jean’ – combined with some incredibly talented vocalists, some crazy dancers and really clever staging, it is often hard to believe that Michael Jackson hasn’t been brought back to life on stage before your eyes.
For this Australian tour, Australian lead vocalists MiG Ayesa, Prinnie Stevens and Peter Murphy who performed these roles on the West End have been added to a cast featuring some of the best performers from across the USA and the UK. As they take to the stage in their varying combinations, each singer manages to honour the original track while really making the music their own alongside the signature Michael Jackson sound. Especially when Prinnie Stevens gets the chance to perform ‘The Way You Make Me Feel’ and all the lead vocalists come together to perform ‘Can You Feel It’ and ‘Black or White’, it is near impossible to sit silently in your seat without getting up and dancing or grooving along with the performers.
Accompanying these talented singers is a crazy group of dancers. Dancing non-stop for two hours in a whole manner of styles is difficult enough. But this crew manage to bring to life the classic Michael Jackson moves mixed in with more contemporary choreography bringing the original dance moves into a modern context that constantly gets the audience applauding. And who doesn’t love a moonwalk!
Speaking of moonwalking, a special mention must go to Sean Christopher who has the unenviable task of bringing the King of Pop to life every night on stage. Taking the stage for some of his most well-known hits such as Billie Jean, Sean Christopher recreates the exact Michael Jackson performances in a manner that has the audience questioning whether they have actually just seen the legend himself perform.
Next to all these amazingly talented performers and a set design that impressively uses a few LED screens to bring to life the biggest mirror ball I have ever seen, is some fantastic audience participation. Michael Jackson’s music is made for dancing and everyone in the State Theatre is grooving along in their chairs until the performers tell them to get out of their seats and dance.
If you have ever heard a Michael Jackson song, seen the iconic Thriller video clip or wanted to do the moonwalk, then you have to see this show before it closes on February 8 at the State Theatre.
Michael Jackson may not be with us any longer, but this show certainly brings his spirit back to the stage!
Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre
28th January – 8th February
Tickets from $69.90
Book at www.artscentremelbourne.com.au