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New dancers Wanna Be Startin’ Thriller

Published 7 June 2017

Eight new dancers have joined the cast of Thriller Live, making their West End stage debuts in the hit musical tribute to one of the world’s most iconic performers.

New cast members Peter Cleverley, Britt Baxter, Shakara Brown, Joel Ekperigin, Jamie Mason, Ella Redhead, Emma Jane Smith and Jorgia Vaughan will begin performances this week, while original ‘Young Michael Jackson’ Eshan Gopal, who went on to join Motown The Musical for its UK premiere, has returned to the production.

The cast have joined the 15th longest-running musical in Theatreland history, and will be in the production when it celebrates its 10th West End anniversary at the Lyric Theatre in January 2018.

Thriller Live is an eye-popping celebration of Michael Jackson’s music and dance legacy, packed with his distinctive high-energy choreography and the pulsating sound of many of pop’s greatest hits.

The show changes frequently changes with new numbers added, and features specially created video footage and effects and dazzling choreography by the show’s award-winning director, Gary Lloyd.

Of the casting, Gary said: “Dancers are the beating heart of our production, and with over 30 iconic Michael Jackson songs and epic dance routines, Thriller Live is one of the most physically demanding productions ever seen in the West End.”

“I am thrilled and excited at the quality of our new dancers, whose energy and committment to the memory of Michael Jackson is inspirational. This show is a gift to anyone that lives to dance and for anyone that loves to entertain or be entertained.”

It has now been seen by over 4.2 million people in 32 countries and played over 5,400 performances worldwide, and is currently booking at the Lyric Theatre until 1 April 2018.

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