You’ll be thrilled with new-look Jacko show

Cleo Higgins in Thriller Live! She'll be heading the cast when it returns to Blackpool next month, launching a new UK and European tour
Cleo Higgins in Thriller Live! She'll be heading the cast when it returns to Blackpool next month, launching a new UK and European tour
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Blackpool audiences are going to be the first to see a new-look production of hit stage show Thriller Live!

A new, 10-month UK and European run will set off from the Grand Theatre next month, with major changes to the show being introduced simultaneously in London’s West End and for the tour.

The show, opening on Monday, October 5, will feature new songs, new production elements, new videos and special effects in the showcase of Michael Jackson’s music and dance.

Hit tracks Who’s Loving You, Rockin’ Robin, Remember The Time and Human Nature have all been added to the production, while a new opening section has also been created.

Gary Lloyd, Thriller Live’s award-winning director and choreographer, said: “This is a really, really exciting time.

“Unlike all other West End musicals, Thriller Live’s music, choreography and costumes have been changed several times, but now we are making a host of changes at once. We are introducing lots of new production elements, new video film sequences and some rather special visual effects to ensure the show looks stunning and to keep it up to date.

“When Thriller Live! first opened in the West End at the Lyric Theatre in January 2009, it was definitely cutting edge.

“We have since refreshed the show several times but now it is getting enhanced production values to ensure our show is really eye-popping.

“Michael Jackson always put on thrilling live arena shows when he toured the world. He used magic and stage illusion and the latest technology to surprise his fans.

“The challenge to Thriller Live’s creative team is to try and recreate and capture that sense of groundbreaking dancing, singing and stage magic in a traditional theatre.

“Now we aim to once again set the bar high in terms of what an audience will see, hear and experience.”

Cleo Higgins, lead singer of 90s group Cleopatra, will star in Thriller Live! in Blackpool, as one of the show’s four lead vocalists who perform Jackson’s back catalogue of hits.

* Thriller Live!, Grand Theatre, Blackpool, Monday to Saturday, October 5 to 10. Call (01253) 290190 for tickets.