Thriller Live, the West End show celebrating the life and music of Michael Jackson, who died yesterday, is to dim its lights and observe a minute’s silence in tribute to the musician and entertainer.
A statement from the producers confirmed that: “After much deliberation overnight and this morning and taking into consideration the views of Michael’s legion of fans, we can think of no greater tribute to the memory of the man and his incredible music than for tonight’s performances at the Lyric theatre in the West End and Manchester Opera House go ahead as planned. The lights outside the Lyric theatre and Manchester Opera House will be dimmed in tribute to his passing at 19:30 and a minute’s silence will be held in the auditorium.”
Thriller Live, which opened at the Lyric theatre earlier this year, charts the King of Pop’s rise, from his beginnings as the youngest member of the Jackson Five to the biggest music act in the world, taking in songs including Can You Feel It, Rock With You, Billie Jean, Beat It, ABC and Thriller. The show features 20 performers, including former X-Factor contestant Maria Lawson, and has proved so popular that it recently extended its London run into 2010.
Thriller Live’s Executive Director Adrian Grant, a long time associate of Jackson, commented: “Words cannot express my deep sense of loss and sadness; I am shocked beyond belief that Michael has died. My full condolences go out to his family; his children, parents, brothers and sisters. 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.
“Michael Jackson has been a massive influence in my life, inspiring me to get into the entertainment industry and to produce the best work that I can. I have supported Michael for the past 21 years through my magazines, books and now Thriller Live, and I will continue to support and promote his legacy via this musical celebration.
“But 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.
“Today I have lost a friend, and I will be there for his family, friends and fans. Rest in peace Michael, I love you.”