Thriller Live Playhouse

Last night I went to see Thriller Live at Edinburgh Playhouse, a show based on the life of Michael Jackson. I was blown away by the performance, I just thought it was spectacular and everyone on stage had a great singing voice. To be honest, I was surprised just how good they were, given the standard that they had to live up to. I was particularly impressed by John Moabi (although he bears not the slightest resemblance to Michael Jackson!)

The Show started with Jackson 5 songs before John Moabi went on to tell us about Michael Jackson and how he then went on to start a solo career. Various cast members took lead vocals, backed by a live band who did an impressive job of recreating his original sound, and particularly worthy of a mention was the very talented youngster Torann Opara. But what surprised me the most was that there was a female singing Michael Jackson’s music and she was amazing.

For me personally, I thought the second half a lot more exciting, as it contained more of the Michael Jackson songs I love: Billie Jean, Bad, Thriller, Man in the Mirror… the list goes on. . .

It was clear that the cast members must have spent a great deal of time studying Jackson’s moves and vocals to the point of perfection as they all performed at an incredibly high standard.

However, I have to single out David Jordan – he definitely stole the show!

The group performances were passionate and engaging; the cast worked incredibly well together and produced some fabulous harmonies. I was very impressed that they showed no sign of tiredness. They were great at getting the audience involved in the performance as well, and the whole show was bursting with excitement, energy and enthusiasm, Thriller Live is an ideal night out, not just for all Michael Jackson fans, but for music lovers in general and people of all ages wanting a fun night out!

Christine Booth