Review: Thriller Live 8



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I was given the opportunity to see Thriller Live at Brisbane’s QPAC Theatre on Thursday 15th January and I was delighted to see an energetic, rapturous performance.

As the lights dimmed and the stage filled with smoke, you could tell something amazing was going to happen. Michael Jackson was one of the music greats and left an empty hole in modern music after his untimely death in 2009.

I could be forgiven for thinking Thriller Live was going to be a musical based on MJ’s life – it wasn’t – but that didn’t take away from the performance in the long run. At times it felt as if Michael was performing for you and the show was what his real stage production would be like if he did one last tour.

The cast of Thriller Live tore through dozens of Michael’s greatest hits, starting in The Jackson 5 era with hits such as “Don’t Blame It On the Sunshine”, “I Want You Back” and “ABC”, before a soaring solo by Australia’s own Prinnie Stevens. Intermission was called after “Can You Feel It” and once we were back, the hits kept coming.

The choreography was fantastic and energetic with the dancers appearing elated to be dancing along to Michael Jackson’s biggest songs.

In the second half of the show, MJ’s most famous tunes were bunched together into genre and sound, without looking or sounding cheesy. The male dancers, in particular, were phenomenal, especially when they did the forward lean and Moonwalk.

So, the best parts? The dancing, the energy and the singing on all fronts. The worst? The Michael impersonator couldn’t sing and would only mime during his small parts, the MCs weren’t necessary, and there could have been more of a storyline. But overall, it was an enjoyable performance and I would recommend it to anyone who wanted a fun night out.


Thriller Live dates

QPAC, Brisbane
14 – 25 January 2015

Melbourne Arts Centre, Melbourne
28 January – 8 February 2015

The Civic, Auckland
12 – 22 February 2015

Lyric Theatre, Sydney
26 February – 15 March 2015

Find out more and purchase tickets here


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  1. Unfortunately the night I attended the performance was dull, and totally lacking in any energy whatsoever. Tuesday is less expensive than other nights of the week, but it is not cheap and it should not be used as a walk through for the cast – audiences deserve a performance!

  2. You didn’t comment on the fact that most of the songs were sung by a woman. This threw me,someone else I know and I feel would put many MJ fans (I wouldn’t put myself in that class ) right on the back foot. My son, who is a fan, said it was because HER voice was just like MJ’s. Thought the show beginning as very amateur but it improved greatly as it went along and so did the singing.

  3. My daughter and I saw this production in London last August (2014). In this production the start of the show was performed by an “ethnically appropriate” young man and he was amazing – very talented. Maybe in Australia they weren’t able to find a young person they thought was good enough for the role. The Brisbane show did start off slowly, but as it went on it got better and better. I thought the cast was excellent. If you get the chance to see this show, go, I can absolutely recommend it.

  4. I saw the show in Adelaide , and I absolutely adore Michael Jackson’s music – the man not so much! I had read about the show’s background and it’s history in the UK, and I was not surprised or disappointed by anything! Thought it was completely professional, high energy and really glad I went! Don’t know which MJ impersonator you saw, but the one in Adelaide sang – perhaps he was poorly!

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