There are two types of touring versions of West End shows. The best ones, such as Blood Brothers or Chicago, replicate the production values and the performances are mostly as good as in London - sometimes better due to the absence of celebrity casting. Others offer a scaled down (ie cheap) version of the original - sadly Spamalot was a recent example. Nothing would persuade me to travel to London to see Thriller Live so I'm not sure if it falls into the latter category or if the West End version is also an opportunistic cash-in. With no pretence of a story Thriller is just a tribute show with a decent stage set. There are five lead vocalists of varying quality - the best by far is a bloke who looks more like Andy Serkis than Michael Jackson - and choreography which is surprisingly sloppy - one poor girl was distractingly out of synch almost throughout. The audience at the Cliffs Pavilion took a long time to warm up and had to be coerced into the inevitable "standing ovation" for the megamix finale. Fans of Michael Jackson who never saw him live will probably love Thriller Live; anyone hoping for more theatrical content should choose the far superior Jersey Boys instead. - David Baxter
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