Michael Jackson commemorative plaque in foyer of Lyric

A permanent West End memorial to Michael Jackson has been unveiled in the foyer of the Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue by the cast of dance group, DIVERSITY.

A special commemorative plaque was unveiled to mark the year since Michael's passing and the 18 months that Thriller Live has been in residence.

DIVERSITY, winner's of "Britain's Got Talent", had been booked by Michael Jackson to perform alongside him at his 50 This Is It dates at the 02 Arena.

Thriller Live, was the only show featuring his music to be performing anywhere in the world when Michael Jackson died suddenly on June 25, 2009.

The Lyric Theatre became a focus for fans from all over the world, who created a shrine of flowers, candles, and tributes. More than 40 books of condolence were signed and at an emotional performance that evening, TV crews from every continent filmed a minute's silence and tributes from the stage.

Thriller Live, featuring the songs of Michael Jackson & The Jackson 5, opened at the Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Ave, on 21 Jan 2009, following previews from 2 Jan 2009, to generally good notices from the popular press: THE GUARDIAN says, "It's cute, kicking and retro." THE STAGE says, "Some of the set pieces, particularly the Billie Jean/Thriller/Bad set are, quite literally, thrilling." THE EVENING STANDARD says, "Thrilling, certainly, but empty, too." THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says, "A glitzy concert of song and dance...a great night out." THE DAILY EXPRESS says, "A hugely enjoyable, gloriously upbeart, high energy show." THE INDEPENDENT says, "Immensely enjoyable. "

The show, originally conceived and created by Adrian Grant, is directed by Gary Lloyd.

Unlike other West End productions, Thriller - Live is not a rigid book musical with set songs, but is a constantly evolving music concert celebration.

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