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Michael Jacksons Thriller - Live!
Member Name: lulu984
Advantages: Great music, great atmosphere
Disadvantages: Small theatre and bad view from most seats
I took my best friend to see Thriller a few months back for her birthday. We both love Michael Jackson and were looking forward to a day out in London.
Thriller is currently running in the Lyric Theatre, although I think its ending at the end of January 2010 - but don't quote me on that!
We knew that the show was going to be Michael Jackson songs but other then that, we weren't too sure of what to expect. We were also worried about poor impersonations and bad singing attempts, as MJ's voice was truly original.
I booked the tickets for £24 each as this was all I could afford at the time, and I knew our seats wouldn't be the best, as prices went up as far as £75.
We collected our tickets from the theatre when we got to London and went off to amuse ourselves until the show was scheduled to start. We were so excited!
When we got in the theatre we queued for a couple of minutes and then had to climb about 6flights of stairs to get to our level. I had heard that the Lyric Theatre is one of the oldest theatres in London and I knew it wasn't very big. What I wasn't told when booking my tickets was that the seats I had were the highest row of seats the theatre has to offer, which is fine, I have no problem with heights or anything, but we were so high up that the dip in the ceiling blocked half the view of the stage! The seats were not at a very good angle either, we were all pretty level and me being quite short meant that the people of front of me were completely blocking the whole stage off! I know I only paid £24 but I still expect a view of the stage for that price! So anyway, I was really angry by this as I felt so bad for my friend. The birthday present she was looking forward to so much ended up being the view of a row of heads (she said it was fine - but I am certain she was just being polite!)
The show started and we were loving the music (and the parts of the show we could see). The show was just music and a tiny bit of narration about Michael Jackson's career (it didn't focus on his personal life). The audience were encouraged to join in and dance, sing along etc so the atmosphere in there was electric.
You can't fault the performer's one ounce. They had the Jackson Five, Michael as a child, an adult black Michael and an adult while Michael and even a female Michael.
They were not trying to be Michael Jackson; I would say they were taking elements of his characteristics and being inspired by him. We got to the early 80s songs and had an interval.
One positive of our seats were that we were near the bar. Another negative was that we were also by the toilets and the doors, so were constantly being interrupted.
After the interval, one of the members of staff (ushers? I don't know their correct title) must've taken pity on us straining our necks, and she said there were two seats free on the first balcony. She'd barely finished her sentence and we were off! Much better, as we could see the whole of what was happening, apart from the left side of the stage. The show featured all of MJ's biggest hits and they put so much effort in to being respectful and original at the same time.
Some of the highlights were Thriller (as they got dressed up in their zombie gear) and Smooth Criminal - this performance was AMAZING! The man who was dancing had every single move down perfectly and it turns out he knew Michael Jackson and had worked with him for a very long time (read that in the program).
I would most definitely recommend seeing this show, go with a group of your friends and you will be buzzing for hours after - I am itching to go back!
The only thing I would say is to pay the extra and sit on the lower level, so you can enjoy the performance and see everything that is happening. If you are sitting on the balcony sections, sit on the lowest one you can and sit in the middle area, as each side will block off your view and this cant help but ruin the experience for you.
Summary: Definitely worth seeing! Great show!
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