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Thriller Live is 18th Longest Running West End Musical

Thriller 18 Denise Pearson and Daniel Odejinmi
Thriller 18 Denise Pearson and Daniel Odejinmi Photo Claire Billyard

Thriller Live has smashed another long-running West End record! Celebrations were led by Former 5 Star lead vocalist and Brit Award-winner Denise Pearson.

Last night, Sunday 12th April, Thriller Live played its 2,619th performance at the Lyric Theatre and passed the original 1960 version of Lionel Bart’s Oliver! to become the 18th Longest Running West End Musical Of All Time.

And the show has yet another long-running Wet End record in its sight later this year… On Sunday December 13th, at its 2,901st show, Thriller Live will pass Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 1978 hit Evita to become the 17th Longest Running West End Musical Of All Time.

Thriller Live is currently booking to 17th April 2016, which will see the production comfortably pass 3,000 West End performances.

The celebrations were led by Former 5 Star lead vocalist and Brit Award-winner Denise Pearson, who made her West End debut in the show in the original cast. She was back in the show yesterday as lead female vocalist – for 1 day only!

Producers Paul Walden & Derek Nicol said in a statement today: “This is yet another amazing milestone in the history of our show. It is only truly exceptional shows that run this long in the West End and we are grateful to the fans of Michael Jackson, his music and phenomenal dance moves, who have taken the show to their hearts.It is an honour for us to keep the music of Michael Jackson alive and to bring it fresh and new to the next generation of theatregoers.

Thriller Live continues to set and break records and new territories around the globe. To date, it has now performed to standing ovations in 30 countries from South Korea to Norway, South America to China, Australia, and New Zealand. A new UK and European tour will launch in the autumn.

Thriller Live brings to life on stage the music of Michael Jackson and the Jackson Five with distinctive high-energy dancing and the pulsating sound of many of pop’s greatest hits, the show blends eye-popping video footage and effects together with dazzling choreography by the show’s award-winning director Gary Lloyd.

Thriller Live was originally conceived and created by Adrian Grant, a long time associate of Michael Jackson, and author of Michael Jackson – The Visual Documentary. It is produced by Paul Walden and Derek Nicol for Flying Music in association with Adrian Grant for Key Concerts.

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