Photo Flash: Meet the New Dancers Moonwalking into West End's THRILLER LIVE

They're changing the cast at Thriller Live with eight new dancers joining the 15th Longest Running Musical in West End history - all making their West End stage debuts. The youngsters joining the cast this week are on 12-month contracts that will see them in the show when it starts its 10th anniversary West End celebrations at the Lyric Theatre in January 2018. Scroll down to meet the new stars!

- Peter Cleverley joins the West End cast as dancer and Assistant Dance Captain after touring the world with Thriller Live, performing in Germany, Sweden, Egypt, Israel, China and on the most recent UK tour.

- Brett Baxter is making his professional debut. He trained with hip hop dance company Elementz Entertainment run by Lindon Barr, a former Thriller Live cast member.

- Shakara Brown graduated in 2015 from the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA) with a first class BA Hons degree in Dance. She is a member of the all-female hip hop company Boadicea and In 2016 toured the UK with Britain's Got Talent winners Diversity.

- Joel Ekperigin started dancing at the age of 10 with street dance his first passion. He went on to join dance group Cerebro and he performed on the 2016 Brit Awards and on Britain's Got Talent.

- Jamie Mason was a founding member of The Entertainment Group PDK. He danced on The X Factor and Disney Channel.

- Ella Redhead recently graduated from The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) with a degree in Dance.

- Emma Jane Smith studied at Performers College (Essex) where she graduated with a Trinity Diploma in Theatre Dance. Her previous credits include the UK/ Monte Carlo tour of New Jersey Nights.

- Jorgia Vaughan trained at Bird College where she recently graduated with a National Diploma in Professional Musical Theatre.

Gary Lloyd, Thriller Live's award-winning director and choreographer, 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. We work hard to maintain the highest of standards as we deliver routines based on iconic moves created by the greatest entertainer of all time, who himself always strived for excellence and pushed the physical limits of what his body could produce. 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."

At the same time, one of our original young MJ's, Eshan Gopal, who went on to join Motown for its UK premiere, earning rave reviews from the national critics, has returned to the Thriller Live West End family.

Thriller Live is unlike other West End musicals. There is no script or story, it is instead an eye-popping spectacular concert celebration of Michael Jackson's music and dance legacy, bringing to life on stage his distinctive high-energy dancing and the pulsating sound of many of pop's greatest hits. The show changes each year with new numbers
added, and features specially created video footage and effects and dazzling choreography by the show's award-winning director, Gary Lloyd.

Thriller Live recently announced a new 12-month West End booking period to April 1, 2018. Thriller Live, which is currently the 9th longest running show - musical or play - in the West End, has now been seen by over 4.2 million people in 32 countries and played over 5,400 performances worldwide, never failing to get a standing ovation!

Thriller Live first Moonwalked into the Lyric Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue in January 2009 and on 14 March, 2017 at its 3,402nd West End performance, it became the 15th Longest Running West End musical in history. It holds the record as the longest ever run of a show since the theatre started entertaining the capital in December 1888.

Thriller Live is currently resident on a return visit to the People's Republic of China, in a brand new state-of-the-art 1,200-seat theatre at the new Parisian Hotel Macau, where in 2016 it was honoured to be chosen as the opening production.

A new tour lauches in the autumn, visiting: The Anvil, Basingstoke (October 20 & 21); The Hawth, Crawley (October 23- 28); Embassy, Skegness (October 31 - November 4); Alhambra Theatre, Dunfermline (9 - 11 November); Grand Theatre, Blackpool (13 - 18 November); Theatre Royal, Bath (27 November - 2 December); and Guildhall, Portsmouth (27 - 31 December). There will be further UK dates in 2018 announced soon. The tour will also visit Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Norway and Sweden.

The current Thriller Live West End company are: Angelica Allen, Dajiow, Haydon Eshun, Alex Ko, John Moabi, Stefan Sinclair, Reece Bahia, Cordell Mosteller, Ione Townsend, Aisling Duffy, Florivaldo Mossi, Ella Coghill, Jamal Crawford, Ashley-Jordon Packer, Sophie Usher, Aled Arhyel Charles, Andre Faulds, Remi Gooding, Eshan Gopal, Roshawn Hewitt, Marcellus Virgo Smith.

The band are: Musical Supervisor, Keyboard 2 & Guitar 2 John Maher, Assistant MD / Keys 1 Ryan Alex Farmery, Damien Cooper, Oliver Latka, Mike Bradley, Accy Yeats.

The Creative Team are: Director and Choreographer Gary Lloyd, Original concept and Executive Director AdrIan Grant, Musical Supervisor and Head Arranger John Maher, Set Designer Jonathan Park, Lighting Designer Nigel Catmur, Associate Lighting Designer Matt Lee, Video Content Designer Colin Rozee, Costume Stylists and Supervisors Shooting Flowers, Sound Designer Chris Whybrow, Casting Director Debbie O'Brien, Associate Choreographer Jo Dyce, Media Programmer Sam MacLaren. Producers: Paul Walden and Derek Nicol for Flying Music in association with AdrIan Grant for Key Concerts.

Thriller Live was originally conceived and created by AdrIan Grant, a long time associate of Michael Jackson, and author of Michael Jackson - The Visual Documentary.

high res photos Photo Flash: Meet the New Dancers Moonwalking into West End's THRILLER LIVE
Peter Cleverley
Your favourite production number in Thriller Live?
'Smooth Criminal' - it's a huge number and it feels great to perform
Favourite Michael Jackson track of all time?
'Smooth Criminal'
Favourite MJ video
'Smooth Criminal'
Favourite MJ dance move?
The Lean
Favourite costume you get to wear in the show?
My 'Smooth Criminal' suit
Choreographer you'd love to work with?
Kenrick 'H20' Sandy, artistic director of hip hop dance theatre company Boy Blue
Recording artist you'd love to dance with?
Justin Timberlake
Tell us something about yourself that might surprise us.
I'm really shy! Photo Flash: Meet the New Dancers Moonwalking into West End's THRILLER LIVE
Brett Baxter
Favourite production number in Thriller Live
'Smooth Criminal' because I get to perform The Lean
Favourite Michael Jackson track of all time
'Smooth Criminal'
Favourite MJ video
'Thriller'
Favourite MJ dance move?
The Moonwalk
Favourite costume you get to wear in the show?
Dangerous
Choreographer you'd love to work with?
Carrie-Anne Ingrouille from Zoonation
Recording artist you'd love to dance with?
Bruno Mars
Tell us something about yourself that might surprise us.
I'm allergic to Chinese food Photo Flash: Meet the New Dancers Moonwalking into West End's THRILLER LIVE
Shakara Brown
Favourite production number in Thriller Live
'Remember The Time' - I love how close the number is to the original music video, plus the costume I get to wear
Favourite Michael Jackson track of all time
'The Way You Make Me Feel'
Favourite MJ video
'BAD'
Favourite MJ dance move?
The Lean
Favourite costume you get to wear in the show?
'Smooth Criminal' costume
Choreographer you'd love to work with?
Sean Bankhead - he's worked with Beyonce, Janelle Monae, Britney Spears and he's THE mastermind behind all of Fifth Harmony's moves
Recording artist you'd love to dance with?
Missy Elliott
Tell us something about yourself that might surprise us.
I'm Welsh! Photo Flash: Meet the New Dancers Moonwalking into West End's THRILLER LIVE
Joel Ekperigin
Favourite production number in Thriller Live
'This Place Hotel' - I feel like a gangster
Favourite Michael Jackson track of all time
'This Place Hotel'
Favourite MJ video
'Smooth Criminal'
Favourite MJ dance move?
Shuffle
Favourite costume you get to wear in the show?
'This Place Hotel' gangster suit
Choreographer you'd love to work with?
New Zealand-born Parris Gobel - she won Female Choreographer of the Year and Live Performance of the Year at the World Of Dance Awards
Recording artist you'd love to dance with?
Drake/Chris Brown
Tell us something about yourself that might surprise us.
I moved to the UK to live here when I was 10 years old Photo Flash: Meet the New Dancers Moonwalking into West End's THRILLER LIVE
Jamie Mason
Favourite production number in Thriller Live
'Blame It On The Boogie' because I get to boogie down!
Favourite Michael Jackson track of all time
'You Rock My World'
Favourite MJ video
'Smooth Criminal'
Favourite MJ dance move?
The Lean
Favourite costume you get to wear in the show?
'Remember The Time'
Choreographer you'd love to work with?
Lyle Beniga, who performed on the Michael Jackson tribute during the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards and danced with Justin Timberlake on his 20/20 tour
Recording artist you'd love to dance with?
Usher/Rhianna
Tell us something about yourself that might surprise us.
I have an identical twin Photo Flash: Meet the New Dancers Moonwalking into West End's THRILLER LIVE
Ella Redhead
Favourite production number in Thriller Live
'Shake Your Body' - I love how old school the choreopgraphy is and being on stage dancing with the boys performing as The Jackson 5
Favourite Michael Jackson track of all time
'Pretty Young Thing'
Favourite MJ video
'Smooth Criminal'
Favourite MJ dance move?
MJ point and shuffle
Favourite costume you get to wear in the show?
'Rockin' Robin'
Choreographer you'd love to work with?
Laurieann Gibson - who made her name sculpting moves for everyone from Mary J. Blige to Hillary Duff and was a longtime creative director for Lady Gaga
Recording artist you'd love to dance with?
Justin Timberlake and Missy Elliott
Tell us something about yourself that might surprise us.
I once danced for The Queen Photo Flash: Meet the New Dancers Moonwalking into West End's THRILLER LIVE
Emma Jane Smith
Favourite production number in Thriller Live
'Dangerous' - it's such a slick, classy, MJ routine
Favourite Michael Jackson track of all time
'The Way You Make Me Feel'
Favourite MJ video
'Smooth Criminal'
Favourite MJ dance move?
The Lean/Moonwalk
Favourite costume you get to wear in the show?
'Rockin' Robin'
Choreographer you'd love to work with?
Brian Freidman - he created choreography for Britney Spears, Cher, Beyonce Knowles and Mariah Carey and is Creative Director of The X Factor
Recording artist you'd love to dance with?
Justin Timberlake/Britney Spears
Tell us something about yourself that might surprise us.
I've done the tallest sky dive in Australia Photo Flash: Meet the New Dancers Moonwalking into West End's THRILLER LIVE
Jorgia Vaughan
Favourite production number in Thriller Live
'Shake Your Body' - really fun and my style - and 'Dirty Diana' because it gets you going
Favourite Michael Jackson track of all time
'Dirty Diana'
Favourite MJ video
'The Way You Make Me Feel'
Favourite MJ dance move?
The 'This is It' pose/Moonwalk
Favourite costume you get to wear in the show?
'Rockin' Robin'
Choreographer you'd love to work with?
Parris Goebel - she has worked with artists including Little Mix, Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Janet Jackson, Jennifer Lopez. She choreographed the video 'Sorry' for Bieber - the third most viewed video on YouTube with more than 2 billion views
Recording artist you'd love to dance with?
Rita Ora/Rhianna/Justin Bieber
Tell us something about yourself that might surprise us.
I was Barbie in the Barbie rollerskating commercial Photo Flash: Meet the New Dancers Moonwalking into West End's THRILLER LIVE
Eshan Gopal - At the same time, one of the original young MJ's, Eshan Gopal, who went on to join Motown for its UK premiere, earning rave reviews from the national critics, has returned to the Thriller Live West End family Photo Flash: Meet the New Dancers Moonwalking into West End's THRILLER LIVE
New THRILLER LIVE dancers


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