Thriller Live! - longest running show at Lyric Theatre
Thriller Live, featuring the songs of Michael Jackson & The Jackson 5, has become the longest running show at the Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue since the venue first opened in December 1888. (Beating previous long-standing record held by Cameron Mackintosh’s production of 5 Guys Named Moe)
Nica Burns, Chief Executive of Nimax Theatres, appeared on stage at the end of the 1,815th performance to announce to the packed audience: “You are part of history being made tonight. Michael Jackson won so many amazing awards and set some impressive records in his lifetime - and he continues to do that today! This is my theatre, and I’m delighted to anounce that Thriller Live has become the longest running show in its 125-year history.”
She then presented trophies from Nimax Theatres to mark the momentous occasion to Producers Paul Walden and Derek Nicol of Flying Music, the show’s award-winning Director/Choreographer Gary Lloyd, Musical Supervisor John Maher and to Original Creator Adrian Grant, whose personal association with Michael Jackson spanned 21 years and who first came up with the concept for the show.
The show opened at the Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Ave, on 21 Jan 2009, following previews from 2 Jan 2009, and is cuirrently taking bookings to 16 March 2014.
Unlike other West End productions, Thriller - Live is not a rigid book musical with set songs, but is a constantly evolving music concert celebration.