It’s not often dancing in the aisles is encouraged at The Grand Theatre but it will surely be impossible to avoid next week.
Thriller-Live, billed as a spectacular concert show that celebrates the music of undisputed King of Pop, Michael Jackson, has sold more than two million tickets worldwide since it moonwalked into the West End in January 2008.
It has become the longest-running production in the Lyric Theatre’s 125-year history (entering it’s fifth year at the venue) and has played in 26 countries (including South Africa, China and Brazil).
Now here’s the good news – the show is touring the UK and will be at The Grand on Monday for a six-night run, ending Saturday.
Unlike other West End productions, Thriller-Live is not a rigid musical with set songs, but is a constantly evolving music concert celebration.
The show brings to life on stage the distinctive high-energy dancing and pulsating sound of many of pop’s greatest hits, blending eye-popping video footage and effects together with dazzling choreography by the show’s award-winning director Gary Lloyd. It has regularly been updated with additional songs, new visuals and choreography.
An added bonus for those who do book tickets to see the show in Blackpool is they’ll get to see Cleo Higgins, who has landed the role of the lead female vocalist.
Cleo was the lead singer of Cleopatra – the 1990’s pop group made up of three sisters from Manchester. Signed to Madonna’s label Maverick when she was just 13, Cleopatra had three top 10 hits, supported the Spice Girls, had two TV series, and even performed concerts at the Vatican, though just what the Pope made of the band is up for debate.
Since then she has duetted on Russell Watson albums and earlier in the year reached the semi final stage of the BBC’s The Voice (under Will.I.Am’s tutelage) before being voted off.
Here’s a chance to see what she and the rest of a talented cast can do. Tickets priced from £20-£30 are available at www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk or by calling 01253 743339.