Thriller Live at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry Review

6-10 March 2018

Reviewed by Janine Rumble

Thriller Live is an amazing musical extravaganza that pays tribute to the late, great King of Pop, Michael Jackson. For over 2 hours I sang, clapped, tapped my feet and danced along to his greatest hits, including: I Want You Back, ABC, Can You Feel It, Off The Wall, The Way You Make Me Feel, Smooth Criminal, Beat It, Billie Jean, Dirty Diana, Bad, Rock With You, They Don’t Care About Us, Dangerous, Thriller plus many more, all with a great big nostalgic smile on my face. It truly was an amazing concert like performance, thanks to the talented singers, dancers and musicians who took us on a 45 year musical journey from when Michael was a little boy singing with his brothers in the Jackson 5 all the way through his solo career, until his untimely death.

The cast were astoundingly talented and kept the audience entertained and enthralled throughout. The vocalists Britt Quintin, Adriana Louise, Rory Taylor, Shaquille Hemmans, Ina Seidou and Bizzi Dixon were all superb. It was great to have a range of vocalists, both male and female and I especially liked that no one was trying to impersonate Michael in their singing; they made the songs their own with their incredible voices and talent.

The dancers, Kevin Heatherson, Katrina Ridley, Tony Ben Azouz, Melissa Amy Ly, Antony Morgan, Emily Jayne Bailey, Gustave Die, Joe Francis, Paris Johnson, Georgina Mannfield, Lee Pratt and Emma-Leigh Rose were also very talented and brought the excellent choreography to life. Performing all of Michael’s own signature dance moves, including the moonwalk and the lean in Smooth Criminal.

A very talented live band led by Andy Jeffcoat accompanied the vocalists and the dancers. The music was incredible, this combined with the dancing and the singing made for one incredible show. This linked with the bright lights and glittery scenery that resembled the lights you would have at a concert was just spectacular. The costumes were brilliant, many of which were replicas of the iconic costumes seen in Michael Jackson’s videos, costumes such as the blue shirt and white t-shirt in Dirty Diana, the white suit in Smooth Criminal and of course, the red leather outfit in Thriller. Whilst most of the other costumes that the dancers wore consisted of clothing from the era in which the song was released, the main vocalists wore costumes in the style of Michael Jackson.

You could tell that the cast love what they do. Their level of energy and enthusiasm throughout the whole show was amazing. There was a feel good feeling all night with lots of audience participation encouraged, especially during the final songs. I warn you however, if you sit in an aisle seat that there may come a part near the end that has your heart beating fast for a very unexpected reason.

The Belgrade Theatre promises this to be a show that you will never forget,’ and they are not wrong, after such an entertaining show I too will never forget it and I would definitely watch the show again. Whether or not you are a Michael Jackson fan, I can guarantee you will have an amazing night. You just will not be able to ‘beat it!’

I give this show 5 out of 5! If I could give it a higher score, I certainly would!

Thriller Live is on at the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry until Saturday 10th March, with two performances on Friday and Saturday. On the Friday, there is a signed performance and on the Saturday, there is an audio described performance.

I have not visited the Belgrade Theatre before and I enjoyed my visit. It is a smaller theatre, but all the staff members I had contact with were all very polite and helpful. The facilities were good and there was a nice range of drinks, snacks, programmes and Thriller Live goodies to be purchased, all at reasonable prices. The theatre is also near a car park and eating places, which was very handy. I will definitely visit the theatre again to see a show.

After Coventry, the Thriller Live tour moves to Dartford. In May it will be touring in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Darlington. In June it will be touring in Southend-on-Sea, Plymouth, Bournemouth and Liverpool, before going to Woking and Bristol in July.

Rating: 5/5

Tickets cost from £21.50 to £32.50 (booking fees may apply).

Thriller Live is at the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry from 6-10 March 2018, for more information or to book tickets visit www.belgrade.co.uk or call the box office on 02476 55 3055.

Belgrade Theatre, Belgrade Square, Coventry, CV1 1GS | 02476 55 3055

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