(Chris Wiegand's article appeared in The Guardian, 6/26. Note: as per comment below (thank you!), Thriller Live is also now playing in Germany.)

Show goes on for Michael Jackson musical

Lights will be dimmed tonight for productions of Thriller Live in London and Manchester, but performances to go ahead

Lights will be dimmed outside the Lyric theatre in London's West End tonight as a mark of respect to Michael Jackson, who has died in Los Angeles aged 50. Since January the theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue has been home to Thriller Live, a jukebox show celebrating the King of Pop's career – from the Jackson 5 years to solo hits such as Beat It, Billie Jean and Thriller – with all the trademark moves. The show stars Ricko Baird, who danced on tour with Michael Jackson and performed as his double for the video of You Rock My World.

Thriller Live's executive director and co-producer Adrian Grant, the author of a book on Jackson, has expressed a "deep sense of loss and sadness" at the singer's death. "I am shocked beyond belief that Michael has died," he said. "The Jackson family have lost a son and a father and the world has lost one of the greatest entertainers of all time, a true legend." He continued: "My main focus right now is very much on Michael Jackson the person. He was warm, genuine, funny and smart, as well as the musical genius we all admired."

http://www.guardian.co.uk/stage/2009/jun/26/michaeljackson-theatre

‘Thriller Live’ on You Tube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qaE6ovMhCUQ

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