The set list started off with 'History' and then moving onto the Jackson 5 songs such as 'ABC' and 'Rockin' Robin'. I must be honest that act one is weaker than act two as it features Michael's more obscure songs whereas act two features all the most famous hits like 'Smooth Criminal' or 'Thriller'. The show overall however, ticks all the boxes as it presents around 40 different numbers within two and a half hours and the stage is always on fire from the energy that the cast are giving.
What I love about this show is that there isn't just one 'Michael Jackson' by themselves as that is boring, watching the same person pretending to be a legendary singer, singing his songs for 2+ hours. This show's cast is made up of 4 vocalists, 1 Michael Jackson and 10 dancers. The vocalists sing the numbers whilst the dancers perform the extremely energetic choreographies creating this effect of them almost narrating a music video which was brilliant! The actual character of Michael also appears on stage many times to join in with the fun and resemble this legendary singer.
The vocalist; Adriana Louise, David Julien, Joey James and Britt Quentin are all absolutely insane! Louise's voice is full of power and sass, Julien who is a Wigan-born singer has a voice that is just astonishing as it sounds magnificent when performing a ballad or a big pop belt-out number! James has also got a very beautiful voice and brilliant stage presence and Quentin not only looks like the legend himself but also sounds extremely similar.
Michael Jackson was impersonated by Kieran Alleyne who was just spectacular. Not only did he move exactly like the King of Pop, his voice really did resemble the voice of the real Michael Jackson!
The 10 dancers are the stars of the show in my opinion purely because they're almost always on-stage and remember 40 different routines for each song. Each number was sublime and absolutely faultless as everyone worked as a team and not only did they dance incredibly well, they were all also acting and interacting with the songs, situations and vocalist which was great, and they really did bring most of the music videos to life.
This show is definitely a visual desert with a cherry on top. The set design by Jonathan Park combined with the lighting design by Nigel Catmur worked flawlessly well together and the costumes by Shooting Flowers costume designers worked perfectly with each song/scene in the show! It was definitely upsetting and disappointing seeing how the theatre wasn't even half filled however that did NOT stop the audience from having the best night at all as everyone joined in with the fun and enjoyed this phenomenal show!
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