Thriller Live! Casting Update and Show Changes
Long running tribute show Thriller Live! has announced cast changes as well as changes to the show itself as it prepares to enter its seventh year in London's West End, where it continues to play at the Lyric Theatre and is currently booking until 6 September 2015.
The current cast for Thriller Live! includes: John Moabi, Haydon Eshun, Jesse Smith, Cleo Higgins, David Jordan, Britt Quentin, Michael Kavuma, Shanice Steele, Christopher Gordon, Christian Sharrier, Myron Birch, Dak Mashava, Lindon Barr, Daniel Bradford, Stefan Sinclair, Paris Green, Jordan Palmer, Jessica Craft, Renata Carvalho, Chloe Ferns, Jayde Nelson, Lauren Gore, Alice Rhodes, Kyle Johnson, Eshan Gopal, Elijah Crossley, Kierran Rogers–Bedminster, Daniel Odejinmi and Ramon Smith.
The musical has just added a brand new opening to the show, as well as new video content and the addition of iconic Michael Jackson songs "Earth Song" and "HIStory".
Producer Paul Walden said of the changes to the show:
“We are totally unique among West End musicals in that we regularly update the show...As we prepare to smash two more long standing West End records we are adding new songs, stunning additional choreography, new video footage and a new opening to keep the production fresh and vibrant."
The production is currently the 20th longest running West End musical of all time, but on Saturday 24 January 2015 it will overtake the two decade-old record set by the revival of 'Grease' (which ran for 2529 performances before closing) and on 12 April 2015 will leap frog the original 1960 production of Oliver! (2,618 performances) to become the 18th longest runner.
Thriller Live! originally opened at the Lyric Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue on 21 January 2009, following previews from 2 January 2009. A second production of the show is set to open in Perth, Australia next week ahead of a tour of Australia and New Zealand - the 29th and 30th countries globally to host the show.
Directed and choreographed by Gary Lloyd, the show is produced by Paul Walden and Derek Nicol for Flying Music and Sony Music Entertainment UK in association with Adrian Grant for Key Concerts.