Thriller Live recently made history on December 16 when it became the 17th longest running West End Musical of all time.
The show, which has now earned more than $150million at the global box office, is in the middle of a 10-month UK & European tour which began on October 8 with new songs, videos, costumes and special effects.
Directed and choreographed by award-winning Gary Lloyd, it has been running in for a seven years, and is now the 17th longest running West End Musical of all time overtaking Evita to claim the spot.
So getwestlondon thought it would only be fit to get along to the Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho, and see if its hype was justified.
It was, with flying colours.
Its popularity must surely stem from how it crams a range of spectacles into one.
If this were just a gig where I was only watching the live band, I'd love it, and if I were going only on the grounds of great dancing, I'd love it too.
But it packs both of these into one spectacular show over the course of a breathtaking two-and-a-half hours.
It takes you through his musical life by beginning with Jackson 5, as the likes of ABC and Rockin' Robin bellowed out at a loud, bass-rich volume with four dancers and a singer who looked no older than 12 hitting the high notes.
Two performers from the cast then emerged to talk the audience through the King of Pop's beginnings, and paying tribute to the man who passed away in 2009 at the age of 50.
Soon after the likes of Remember The Time , Human Nature and Let's Dance Let's Shout had the theatre struggling to sit still, inviting them to stand up and sing part of the latter themselves.
A host of his other tunes, including Beat It, Billie Jean, Smooth Criminal, Dirty Diana and of course Thriller , saw a cast of dancers in sync with each other blending athleticism and finesse with dazzling effect.
Particularly impressive was the clear passion the team had for making the audience enjoy themselves, through asking them to sing, dance or just talking, there wasn't the slightest hint of a "just-another-show" attitude from anyone.
The result is spectacular, and as someone who has only ever listened to Michael Jackson through my own headphones or speakers, I left with my appreciation for Michael Jackson thoroughly enhanced as you can't help but wonder what one of his live shows would have been like.
Though Lononders are thoroughly spoilt for choice in terms of West End Shows, Thriller Live truly stands out as a gem.
This class-act will leave you itching to dance from start to finish and the world-class dancing on show was immacualte.
getwestlondon gives Thriller Live the full five out of five.