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  • harvey r
    1 contribution
    Just Fantastic!
    please ignore the bad reviews, the performance was amazing and all were so hard working on the stage. I have been a huge fan of Michaels music since young and the singer made my childhood. The king of pop it tough to imitate but the thriller actors were phenomenal and they voices almost perfect. They all worked really hard n stage and everyone in the crowd was up and dancing. These bad reviews are hard for me to read, get a grip.
    Written February 1, 2022
  • Mrs Doyle
    Middleton, United Kingdom147 contributions
    Loved it
    From start to finish we loved this show. We saw Michael Jackson live years ago and love his music so wondered how this would compare. We were blown away by the singers and dancers. Everyone was singing in the audience by the end, fabulous and would recommend to any Michael Jackson fans.
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 24, 2020
  • Lundem
    1 contribution
    Amazing for the most part!
    I would say this was more of a concert than a musical, but it was for the most part a very good one. The singers were fantastic, the dancers were also mostly fantastic. The guy whose role was Michael Jackson danced very well and also sang well. He performed Billie Jean, almost as well as the legend himself. The great singers actually sometimes sounded a lot like Michael Jackson, which was a nice surprise to me. The dancers and singers really seemed that they were enjoying themselves and having fun. They performed MJ's biggest hits from Jackson 5 years to the History album with a live band. My favorite performances of the event were "Dangerous" and "Billie Jean", but many others were also fantastic. Smooth criminal had the lean and thriller had the costumes, which was very cool. Now some of the criticism I have of this event. The beginning of the show was just awful, the first 5 minutes were confusing and awful. I didn't like that the order of the songs was sometimes quite random. The background's were sometimes just awful and really cheap looking, the clothes were often just plain ugly, but not always and during "Off the wall" the homeless guy on the stage just felt a bit tasteless to me. Some performamces were worse than others, but luckily only a few. The young boy who was singing the Jackson 5 hits, was clearly very nervous and stiff, but that was understandable and he was still great! There was a bit too much bass, one too many guitar solos and moonwalks. Doing too many moonwalks, takes the speciality away from the move, but these are just very minor complaints. Overall I would most definetly recommend this! I believe this might have been the second best thing, to actually seeing him live, I haven't seen the MJ Cirque de soleil show yet though. The tickets were a lot cheaper than the tickets to many other musicals and the show was mostly fantastic. Even if you are not a MJ fan yet, chances are you might be after this show.
    Traveled with family
    Written January 3, 2020
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Leila M
St Helens, UK40 contributions
Dec 2019
I don't usually post negative reviews and some people may disagree but I have to say that this show was a let-down for me. I had attended Thriller Live in Abu Dhabi years ago, which was phenomenal, so I was excited to go with my family to watch the West End performance and had high expectations. Sadly those expectations were not met. I appreciate that trying to emulate the King of Pop through renditions of his biggest hits is not an easy feat but I had anticipated a lot more dazzle. From the average performance of a young Michael to an overweight version of his Remember the Time character trying to muddle his way through a dance routine, it hit me as a very lacklustre portrayal of the Legend's legacy and an insult to his name. Don't get me wrong, as some of the performers had great voices but lacked in oomph and impact, tending to rely immensely on the audience's interaction. Add to this the fact that the theatre was very run-down with an awkward seating layout, the 230 GBP we had to pay for three tickets was money down the drain and we left the theatre before the end of the show.
Written July 22, 2020
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Maddison M
2 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
The worst theatre I have ever seen! I do not usually bother creating accounts to write reviews but felt it was well needed after spending over £200 on tickets and leaving as soon as the interval hit. This musical was more of a tribute act but without the main performer. This theatre is on its last legs and as you can tell from previous reviews around February 2020 that we all feel the same. To start, the set was awful and didn’t change one bit throughout the performance - maybe primary school children would enjoy this but as a set designer myself (and from opinions from people sitting around me) it was not worth £200. Additionally; why was there a female singer acting as MJ throughout? Only for about 10 minutes was there an actual (awful still) MJ actor, other than this there was a female singer who took part within the jackson 5 tribute BAND and then again throughout the entire performance. There was not one good thing to stay about this performance and was obviously ran upon a budget with third rate performances who also couldn’t grasp the act of dancing in time with one another or with the music. Please do not bother!!! Please look at the previous reviews who agree with my own and my families opinion. This theatre was meant to be for my brothers 18th birthday and it has truly upset us as a family as what a waste of time. I doubt ill receive a reply from the venue or trip advisor as the previous reviews also haven’t, but all I can say is do not waste your money if you are a authentic MJ fan!
Written February 11, 2020
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Alex H
Boston, MA34 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
If so, then this musical is for you. If not, I suggest you open your free Spotify account and listen to Michael Jackson hits in chronological order - you’ll get a more authentic performance of the exact same show for, you guessed it, free! That’s right ladies and gents, there is no storyline here, just karaoke night at the lyric theatre ... fun, but just not worth it.
Written January 25, 2020
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Martin
London, UK96 contributions
Jan 2020 • Solo
Felt like going to a jazzy school assembly, Butlins cabaret or what I'd live episode of Britain's Got Talent to be like.
The singers and dancers are good, but the whole atmosphere is just tacky. Even at one stage the cast brought out massive rainbow flags to wave just before the interval and you think, why? Is LGBGT relevant to the music of Michael Jackson?
The theatre is souless too and I couldn't wait to get out of there.
As someone who goes to the West End a lot, my advice is to please save your money and go to a better production.
Written January 18, 2020
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JEA
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Feb 2020 • Couples
My husband & I sat in dress circle row c 13&14. We arrived half an hour early & we knew then that the couple who arrived & sat in front of us were going to be a problem as they seemed drunk already. She was dancing in her seat to the background music & laughing out loud even before the show started. He went off to get more alcohol. They both completely spoilt the show for us as they were constantly talking, laughing, waving arms around, at one point standing up & blocking our view which was very distracting for us. Other people in the audience were asking them to be quiet too. In the interval they went out to get more alcohol & both came back with 2 more drinks. It got worse, why were they not challenged by staff? If they’d been in a cinema they’d have been thrown out. We paid to see the show along with everyone else & had really looked forward to it but now we feel cheated. I await the managements response
Written February 9, 2020
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Jenny G
Wirral, UK11 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Thought the production was basic and low budget, the set didn’t change hardly so you are just watching dancing for 2.5 hours, which was a little tedious.....where does the money go when you’re paying £40+ a seat!? Second half is better than the first but the dancers were lacklustre not slick or in time they looked either tired or didn’t want to be there! I didn’t get the female singer in it? was that just to make it more appealing to feminism?? Been to a lot of shows but that was the worse one for me personally I’ve seen. Think they need to put some storyline to it or more money into a better set, it’s very lacking of substance other than the songs and the lyric theatre is in desperate need of money being spent on it with chandeliers held up by wood and cracks and not the ceiling! Couldn’t even paint the toilets with more than one coat of cheap paint there’s Holes and cracks in the walls everywhere and very extortionately priced drinks!
Written January 11, 2020
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Michelle H
Derby, UK4 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
Ok, so having read the bad reviews on this I was starting to regret getting tickets, but I'm glad we went and my 10 year old daughter really enjoyed it.

There are 5 people that alternate being Michael Jackson, sometimes all of them singing the same song. There's 3 black guys (and boy), a woman, and a white guy. I see a few people criticising this. But the question is, what one person could actually pull off playing MJ? Each one of the singers brings something to the table that resonates and I think it's actually quite respectful of them to acknowledge there is only one Michael Jackson.

It is what it is. A tribute, with some great effects. The dancers are good and the little boy is truly amazing. Don't go to this expecting something as good as the real thing - it's just not possible.

All in all, I had a great time with my daughter which is all that matters!

Written February 2, 2020
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James H
13 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
Went as a group of six with no expectations after getting a Black Friday deal on tickets. Show was seriously lacklustre and felt more like a local tribute act than a West End show. The female vocalist looked as though she didn’t want to be there and struggled to muster a few dance moves. Dancers, particularly the boys, were the saving grace and made up for the disappointing show, wouldn’t go again unfortunately.
Written January 19, 2020
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Pebbles
1 contribution
Jan 2020 • Friends
A better evening would be to stay at home and watch YouTube. Yeah, I get it, you can't match MJ but you can still create something meaningful and beautifully staged. You can still sing with emotion and move with energy and precision. That wasn't it. No plot, no emotion, just a line up of tacky performances, with lots of MJ wannabes which make the whole show rather ridiculous and uncomfortable to watch. If you can last till the second part, I hear it's slightly better - i didnt.

Stay at home.
Written January 10, 2020
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Noura
1 contribution
Jan 2020
I personallly dont know much about musicals but this one was definitly worth it. It was a fun and specteculair show. There were several actors who played Michael Jackson, they all sung live with amazing dancers as well. The show made you really want to get up and sing along with them. I would defenitly go watch it again someday and I would highly reccomend to go see it for yourself.
Written February 3, 2020
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