Thriller Live has audience moonwalking in the aisle at Norwich Theatre Royal

Britt Quentin (centre) leading the Thriller Live cast.
Photo: supplied by Norwich Theatre Royal.

Britt Quentin (centre) leading the Thriller Live cast. Photo: supplied by Norwich Theatre Royal. - Credit: supplied by Norwich Theatre Royal

It was a music career which spanned 45 years and for audiences in Norwich, Michael Jackson's legacy continued to wow the crowds at Thriller Live.

It is the third time the show has graced Norwich Theatre Royal's stage, having previously entertained audiences in 2008 and 2014, and in keeping with tradition it did not disappoint.

Since it first opened up in London's West End in 2009, Thriller Live has clocked up more than 5,100 performances in 32 countries and has performed to an audience of more than four million.

And it's not difficult to see why it's been such a success.

This two-hour marathon of non-stop pop, rock, soul and disco hits had everyone at last night's show cheering at the numerous trademark crotch grabs, pelvic thrusts, and impressive break dancing from the cast.

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The innovative and nostalgic choreography was executed with such flair and professionalism that even Jackson himself could not have resisted joining in with the well-deserved standing ovation.

Victoria Pasion, with her strong vocals, took the audience through many of Jackson's early hits including those from the Jackson 5. While lead vocalists Shaquille Maurice Hemmans and Rory Taylor had the audience sitting on their edge of their seats with classics including Remember the Time and She's Out of My Life. And resident director and lead vocalist Britt Quentin pulled at the heart strings with his similar but original take on MJ's look and sound.

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Finally Sean Christopher created the illusion of watching the King of Pop himself. From the anti-gravity lean to an electrifying rendition of Thriller, the excitement and enjoyment just kept coming.

Highlights also included Blame it on the Boogie, Dirty Diana, They Don't Care About Us, Billie Jean, and the uplifting Black or White. Ultimately the performance left the audience not only feeling as if they'd had an awesome night out, but also inspired and hopeful by the entertaining way Jackson's messages were conveyed.

One thing's for sure, if you haven't got yourself a ticket yet you really must; Thriller Live - you just can't Beat It.

- Thriller Lives runs at Norwich Theatre Royal until this Saturday, February 18. Ring the box office on 01603 630000 for tickets.

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