Thriller Live UK tour 2013 Cleo Higgins | Photo Irina Chira
It is the day after the fifth anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death. In the lobby of The Lyric Theatre cards and flowers left by super fans under a picture of the singer have almost created a shrine. We pile in amongst the tourists and hen parties. We’re excited. It’s MJ. It’s also Cleo Higgins’ debut night.
Our excitement soon turns to confusion, and soon after the confusion becomes boredom. What feels like a mix between a live show of The X Factor on a MJ themed night and a Butlins production ensues. Who is the old guy spouting MJ facts? Why is British ex boy band star Haydon Eshun putting on an American accent? And what on earth are they all wearing?
Sadly Cleo Higgins, the hugely talented star of The Voice and 90s girl band Cleopatra is caught up in all this mess. Aside from some ill-fitting costumes and near wardrobe malfunctions, Higgins’ performances are flawless and her tone is perfect for showcasing the King of Pop’s hit songs.
Surreal scenes continue throughout including a rendition of Man in the Mirror complete with projections of Martin Luther King, John Lennon and Mother Theresa. Kyle Johnson playing a young MJ is wheeled out at various points in an attempt to keep us content. There’s even a Miley-esque moment as two scantily clad dancers share a lesbian kiss in between their erotic dancing.
Cleo Higgins’ performances are flawless and her tone is perfect for showcasing the King of Pop’s hit songs.
Surely surviving on tourists and super fans alone, the show lacks any kind of West End feel. One star for Cleo. One star for effort…
ThrillerLIve2013Tour Cleo Higgins | Photo Irina Chira
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