Review: Thriller in Bristol

PUBLISHED: 14:52 16 February 2016 | UPDATED: 09:59 17 February 2016

Thriller

Thriller

Archant

It was always going to be a worry going to watch a show featuring what essentially is the soundtrack to my life.

This is how I felt before seeing the touring production of the West End show Thriller Live at Bristol’s Hippodrome last night, which features the works of one of the World’s most iconic pop stars.

Michael Jackson has been around my whole life – I grew up listening to the Jackson 5 as a young girl and then his solo hits in the 1980s took me through my teenage years and early 20s, my mum being a huge fan and playing his albums Thriller and Bad endlessly.

And of course his hits continued throughout the 90s, taking on a more political edge but the legend was never out of the limelight, as much famed for his turbulent private life as his ever-popular music.

When the troubled star suddenly died on 26 June 2009 at the age of 50, during rehearsals for a series of new live shows being held in London, the surrounding furore and the world’s sadness meant his music was thrust again to the fore, bringing him a new generation of adoring fans.

I had feared that Thriller Live might involve a group of cheesy, Karaoke-style singers doing a poor imitation of the star but how wrong I was.

Instead the production, which has taken in excess of £100million at the global box office, is a totally spellbinding celebration of the Michael Jackson legacy and an amazingly-touching tribute to his work.

It is testament to the multi-faceted artist that not just one but five singers take on the task of performing the songs, and they are all there from the early disco hits of Blame It On The Boogie and Can You Feel It to the ballads I Just Can’t Stop Loving You and Man In The Mirror and ending in the later dance hits Beat It and Smooth Criminal.

The cast give absolutely stellar performances with the standard of singing and dancing top notch, making it look effortlessly slick and seemless.

The star of the show for me, was, without doubt, British performer Sean Christopher, who evidently after years of studying and playing the legendary showman, has morphed into Michael Jackson, bearing as he does, a striking resemblance and emiting a similarly engaging stage presence.

He has MJ’s robotic, body-jerking trademark dance moves down pat and he was so slick and mesmerising that audience members around me said the performance gave them goosebumps.

Although I loved the funked-up versions of many of the songs I was overjoyed that Billie Jean and Thriller were untouched and faithful re-anactments of the original 1980s videos and brilliantly portrayed by the aforementioned Sean Christopher.

Other stand-out performances came from fellow Brit Rory Taylor who gave an astounding rendition of I Just Can’t Stop Loving You and Angelica Allen, standing in for the lead singer of 1990s pop group Cleopatra, Cleo Higgins, in one of the lead roles, as well as Americans Shaquille Maerice Hemmans and Michael Kavuma.

The high-energy show was a clear hit with the audience, who were bopping in the boxes and needed little encouragement to stand up and clap along.

I think the man himself would have been extremely pleased and proud at such a fantastic homage to his music.

Thriller Live, which is the 17th longest-running West End musical of all time and now touring Europe, is at the Hippodrome until Saturday.

There will be performances at 7.30pm until Thursday (18th), 5pm and 8.30pm on Friday (19th), and 4pm and 8pm on Saturday (20th).

Tickets, priced from £19.65-41.65, are available on 08558 713012 or via www.atgtickets.com/bristol

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Weston Mercury visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Weston Mercury staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Weston Mercury account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other Entertainment Stories

Yesterday, 15:47

Who said Somerset is nothing but sleepy countryside? There are plenty of adrenaline-pumping activities for thrill-seekers to enjoy across the area, here are just 10 ideas...

Yesterday, 14:50

A stunning play which captures the heartbreak of war by telling the story of a boy and his horse will return to The Bristol Hippodrome later this year.

Mon, 09:30

Youngsters will be laughing out loud to a delightfully funny show at Weston-super-Mare’s Theatre Tropicana this week.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

One of this country’s most loved musicals is set to return to The Bristol Hippodrome next month, with former X Factor contestant Joe McElderry taking on the title role in Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Need some music to start your weekend off? We’re compiling Weston-super-Mare’s favourite songs by asking business people, entertainers, and musicians which ones they would pick if they were stuck on Flat Holm Island with only 10 tunes for company. This week is Nutty Noah’s turn.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Russell Kane has extended his critically-acclaimed Right Man, Wrong Age tour, meaning there will be another chance to see it in the West Country.

Friday, April 21, 2017

As Brexit talk dominates the headlines, a brilliant weekend festival celebrates cultural diversity.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Comedy stars Milton Jones, Joe Lycett and Sara Pascoe are just a few of the big names to head to England’s smallest city for a weekend of laughter.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

An all-male production of The Mikado is making its world debut in Bath this week ahead of its UK tour.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

A popular television sitcom will be brought to life on a Weston-super-Mare stage this summer.

Most Read Entertainment

Read Online

Image
Read the Weston Worle and Somerset Mercury e-edition E-edition

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 7°C

min temp: 5°C

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
Send Your Letters
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

Somerset's trusted business finder