X Factor Favourite Recaptures Musical Roots In Hit Show

An electrifying celebration of some global chart-topping hits is marking its first decade with a return to Norwich Theatre Royal.

Thriller Live was created to celebrate the career and music of Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5 taking the audience through 45 years of their musical history.

Taking to the stage from May 27 to June 1, it will pay homage to many big hits including I Want You Back, ABC, Can You Feel It?, Off The Wall, Smooth Criminal, Dirty Diana, Dangerous and Thriller.

And the show features a cast of top musical theatre stars who will bring the hugely popular songs to life.

The lead vocalist is Kieran Alleyne (above), who became a prime-time TV favourite as part of the band 5 After Midnight who appeared on The X Factor in 2016. He is also no stranger to Thriller Live as he was chosen to start in the very first shows in the West End a decade ago and is very excited to return as part of this UK tour.

Gary Lloyd, the show’s award-winning director and choreographer, said: “Kieran was a wonderful discovery when he turned up on a freezing cold morning at our West End audition. He stood out from the crowd with a pure sound and a great stage presence despite his lack of formal training. Holding centre-stage alone in front of almost 1000 people a night did not seem to phase him at all.”

Other vocalists in the show include Laetitia Hector who has appeared in a host of theatre productions including Return To The Forbidden Planet and Grease, Trace Kennedy who appeared on the very first season of The X Factor with his band Stereo Hoggz and has also supported Bruno Mars, Dutch-born Ina Seidou who reached the final stages of The Voice in Holland, and Rory Taylor who made the finals of ITV’s talent show Superstar and has starred in the likes of Jesus Christ Superstar and Rent.

Thriller Show

Also in the cast is the show’s long-standing resident director Britt Quentin who has overseen the production in the West End and on many tours, and the ensemble features Mitchell Eley from Essex who graduated last year from Performers College in his home county and is enjoying being part of the show,  which is his first professional contract.

Thriller Live first opened at London’s Lyric Theatre on January 2, 2009, to rave reviews. It has since toured across the UK, in over 30 countries and has been performed over 5000 times worldwide.