30 November 2016
Reviewed by Lindsey Wilkins
It’s always a pleasure to review shows at the Grove Theatre in Dunstable. So, I was delighted to be asked to review Jackson Live, starring Ben Bowman.
The Grove Theatre is a lovely theatre situated in the heart of Dunstable, surrounded by bars and restaurants. The theatre is well signposted and really easy to find. The car park is located at the back of the theatre and just a minutes walk to the entrance.
When we arrived the foyer was buzzing with lots of Michael Jackson fans, of different age ranges, clearly excited to see the show. We collected our tickets from a friendly member of staff, then stopped at the bar for a quick drink. The staff were busy getting everyone served as quickly as possible. We noticed a lady walking around selling programmes, they were reasonably priced. We were then shown to our seats by another friendly member of staff. Our seats were in the stalls, row H. We had a great view and we were fairly comfortable in our seats. By the time the curtain went up, the theatre was completely full.
As soon as the show started, we could tell it was going to be good. I’ve seen quite a few tribute acts in the past, but none like this. I took along my teenage daughter and we were both really impressed. Ben was joined on stage by dancers, a live band and backing singers, who all put on a wonderful performance. Ben’s singing and dance impersonations, throughout the show were fantastic, with lots of costume changes. The stage was dazzling, as we were taken through time with many Michael Jackson hits including Thriller, Beat it, Man in the Mirror and my all-time favourite Human Nature. The interaction between Ben and the audience was fantastic. There were several members of the audience up singing, dancing and thoroughly enjoying themselves.
The show lasted about 2 hours, and finished with a well-deserved standing ovation.
It was a great show. The look, voice and even the moonwalk was spot on! I think Ben did the King of Pop very proud. An entertaining show, with great value for money, that’s not to be missed.
Jackson Live is currently on tour around the UK. For more information and tour dates visit www.jacksonliveinconcert.co.uk.
For other shows at the Grove Theatre in Dunstable visit www.grovetheatre.co.uk.
Grove Theatre, Grove Park, Court Drive, Dunstable, LU5 4GP | 01582 602080