Reviewed by Rebecca Gillespie
Last night we were lucky enough to go and see Thriller Live at the Lyceum Theatre in Sheffield. The theatre is centrally located in the city centre. There is plenty of car parks in the area especially on an evening as most council car parks offer £1 parking after 8pm. On arrival they had security doing basic bag checks before we were allowed in and there was plenty of staff available to assist for anyone needing help finding their seats. We were sat in the stalls row m and had a fantastic view except being on the end some things were blocked by the lighting/stage set up but didn’t spoil our enjoyment of the show.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from the show, I wondered if it might be a life story with songs but in fact it was a greatest hits show documenting Michael Jackson’s songs. The stage had a huge platform across the stage and with steps either side. The steps all lit up and changed colour. There were several smaller screens hung up too all playing videos or flashing lights.
The show had 4 main vocalists all singing songs either alone or as a group. Ina Seidou was the lead female, she had an amazing voice and was very captivating, hitting the high notes and some fantastic dancing. Real star of the show for me.
The male principal dancers were Britt Quentin – vocalist, producer, songwriter and is now resident director for Thriller Live, Shaquille Hemmans – worked on numerous projects lots of work on the Disney channel and a singing career, Rory Taylor – numerous theatre show roles including staring in Jesus Christ Superstar and Rent the musical.
They all were fantastic in differing ways captivating the audience and telling the story of some of the songs.
There was also a lead Michael Jackson dancer, from Brazil – Eddy Lima (staring in Brazil soul sister, Arnhem, days of struggle) who wore the hat and glove just like Michael and when he danced the crowd went wild.
The show covered many of Michael Jackson’s hits starting with his Jackson 5 days with ABC, Blame It On The Boogie, She’s Out Of My Life, Can You Feel It just a few in the first half. Moving on to in the second half, Beat It, Man In The Mirror, Earth Song, Billie Jean, Bad and of course Thriller!
The vocalists encouraged lots of clapping and arm waving throughout and also a few opportunities where they got everyone up on their feet shouting and dancing and waving arms. Plenty of audience participation which I wasn’t expecting but was great fun for everyone. There were numerous dancers, a group of men and a group of ladies, they were amazing, high energy with fantastic costumes.
Overall this show was fantastic, high entertainment, a must for any Michael Jackson fan.
Tickets cost from £16 to £35 (booking fees may apply).
Thriller Live is at the Lyceum Theatre in Sheffield from 16-21 July 2018, for more information or to book tickets visit www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk or call the box office on 0114 249 6000.
Lyceum Theatre, Norfolk St, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S1 1DA | 0114 249 6000