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Thriller Live
Theatre Royal Bath

This is unashamedly a celebration of the music of Michael Jackson. This is a juke box musical in format and presentation which reflects the enormous range of his music and achievements during his lifetime.

The most popular songs are in there: “Thriller,” “Billie Jean” as well as “Earth Song” to name but a few and the live band raise the roof with Wembley style attitude and volume along with an impressive lighting and projection design.

The singing is lead by a core of vocalists who either sound like or in a couple of cases look like Michael Jackson. Britt Quentin channels the image alongside Shaguille Maerice Hemmans, Eddy Lima, the stunning Ina Seidon, Adriana Louise and the impressive Rory Taylor. They are collectively and individually excellent. The outstanding dancers have extraordinary energy and the choreography captures the Jackson videos with great accuracy and respect.

This is a show that is aimed a specific fan base and makes no excuse for it; the small amount of narrative is barely audible and is most definitely secondary to the vocals and dance work. The full house was up and dancing along clearly having a great time. The escapism is clear and in the current climate being lifted by some brilliantly executed routines and being inspired by such huge talent is an ideal antidote to most of the current news headlines.

It is loud and brash and utterly committed to the life of Jackson, if you are a fan get along; if not go anyway, you might be converted by the sheer energy and joy that the company exudes.

 

 

 

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Petra Schofield