Sunday, March 1, 2015

Thriller Live - Lyric Theatre - Sydney

After a very l-o-n-g week, I took Mum to the theatre on Friday night to see Thriller Live - a celebration of the career of the world's greatest entertainer - Michael Jackson.

Photo source: Thriller Live 

It was my first visit to the Lyric Theatre at Sydney's The Star, and I was very impressed. The theatre itself was comfortable with ample leg room and good vantage points from all seats. 

But nevermind the theatre - what about the show?!!?

I wasn't sure what to expect, but what can I say other than WOW!

To give you some background: Thriller Live first debuted in London in 2009 and has been going strong ever since - with a world tour, 26 countries and over 3000 shows globally. It has also earned the titled of the the West End's longest running show in the Lyric Theatres 125 year history.

Photo Source: Thriller Live
The tributes begin with tunes from the Jackson Five and move through to the 1990s, with about 30 of MJ's biggest hits including Billie Jean, Bad, Man In The Mirror, Smooth Criminal, Black or White, The Way You Make Me Feel and Thriller. 

This tribute show is jam packed full of energy which doesn't abate during its two and a half hour production. An impressive multi-level set, complete with screens takes the audience on a journey from nightclubs to the streets of New York, while energetic dancers bound across the stage reminding us of the classic MJ moves.

Many of the cast are from London with Australia's Prinnie Stevens one of the lead vocalists. All six of the lead vocalists do an impressive job, although Australian Mig Ayesa's diction needs a little work. He would also benefit from losing his fake American accent which comes across as somewhat strained and cheesy during the commentary. 

Prinnie Stevens : Photo Source: Thriller Live

Alex Buchanan was by far the standout performer - he absolutely nailed every song he sung and his dancing was flawless. Prinnie Stevens was a close second, her vocals were impressive and she brought a great sense of fun and professionalism to the stage as the only female lead vocalist.

Sean Christopher impersonates Michael Jackson brilliantly during Billie Jean & Smooth Criminal. Dressed in white, with glove, and hat pulled down low - it's easy to get lost in the moment and imagine you are watching the real deal. His moonwalk had the crowd cheering.

By the end of the show, the crowd was on its feet, swaying and dancing to the tunes. It was a great night out and the perfect way to end a busy week. 

I'm off to purchase some MJ classics. 


Thriller Live is playing at The Lyric Theatre in Sydney for 3 weeks only. To buy tickets click here


The Food Mentalist & Guest attended Thriller Live as guests.


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