29 March to 2 April 2016
Reviewed by Gemma Ingham
Every generation has a fascination with Michael Jackson, whether it’s with his music or the man himself. I used to be a huge fan as a teenager and still like his music today so I was happy to be able to go and see Thriller Live at Sheffield Lyceum.
The Lyceum is located in the centre of Sheffield and is easily accessible by public transport and all major roads into the city centre. There is on street parking close by but there are also a couple of large multi storey car parks within walking distance too. The theatre staff are very helpful and intervened quickly when there were a few instance of a small number of people standing up and dancing around throughout the show blocking the view of others.
Thriller Live is a perfect show for all of the generations touched by Michael Jackson’s music. The production showcases hits from the earlier Jackson 5 Motown days through the decades to his later hits such as Earth Song. Throughout, the lead performers guide us through the years with information regarding his career, albums and hits.
The main singers worked well together and solo. Each performer seemed to echo different parts of Michael Jackson’s voice and when singing together they harmonized wonderfully.
The choreography was amazing, one of the best parts of the show for me, and the moves that weren’t pulled directly from Jackson performances were certainly influenced by them. The dancers worked non-stop and had an amazing stage presence as part of the performance rather than just being the dancers in the background.
In particular, Sean Christopher had the most authentic Jackson moves and totally made the performances of Billy Jean and Smooth Criminal. It was hard to believe you weren’t watching Michael Jackson himself.
I tend to particularly identify with Michael Jackson’s hits of the late 1980’s/early 1990’s. I remember the Bad album being a permanent fixture in my brand new state of the art walkman, so I really enjoyed the songs from that era. Smooth Criminal was spine tinglingly amazing, the choreography true to the original music video, and the performance of Dirty Diana was sultry, seductive and gave me goosebumps. But of course everyone’s favourite, Thriller, was just as good as I had anticipated.
The whole production was fabulous but I do feel it took a while to build momentum and it was only in the second half that I really got into it. Whether that is due to me not particularly being a fan of the earlier years that were performed in the first act, I’m not sure.
Tickets cost from £24 to £32 (booking fees may apply).
Thriller Live is at the Lyceum Theatre in Sheffield until 2 April 2016. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0114 249 6000.
Lyceum Theatre, Norfolk St, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S1 1DA | 0114 249 6000