Review: Thriller Live @ New Theatre
Monday 7th October 2013
Although my brother was the reason for seeing this show, in the end he wasn't able to go (for his own absurd reasons). Since the show was booked, I went anyway. It proved to be quite an impressive show. Of course, I love the music of Michael Jackson, although I can’t say the same for the man himself.
Crammed with a back catalogue of his songs, with performers who certainly had the moves and with trousers tighter than the economic budget (and what was in those trousers was of much more interest), it was a fitting tribute to the King of Pop. It opened with ear-splitting noises to an introduction to him. The X Factor-style presentation of this felt ironic, since his music has lasted the decades and those on that show can’t say the same, and can't even be compared to the great singer.
The audience certainly had a good time. With much participation, it was a jolly good time, and perhaps even for some moments we forgot that M Jay was no longer with us. The music lives on and that is the most important thing. I was certainly teary-eyed during Feed the World. However, we sadly didn’t get to hear Earth Song, which is perhaps my personal favourite. My last minute 'plus one' was thrilled with hearing her favourite performed, Dirty Diana (the only song on the night I didn’t known very well).
The white rock singer was perhaps out of place, but his singing made up for it (the rest of the cast were black with the exception of an Asian dancer). The amazing leaning forward trick always has me in amazement and bafflement as to how it can be done.
A bad rad evening. Miss it? You’d be mad to beat it.
Images Source: Thriller Live