The production was originally set to close in the West End on the 26th April, but had its final show in March instead.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the cast and all those involved backstage played their final performance at London’s lyric Theatre last month. Instead, to mark the occasion, 16 lead singers, including Peter Andre and Kieran Alleyne, recorded their vocals for a special version of ‘Earth Song’ in isolation across the globe, from New York to Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Baarn in the Netherlands.
The musicians also recorded their parts alone and the finished track and video were audio produced and mixed by Musical Director John Maher with Sound Designer Chris Whybrow. The video was edited by MiG Ayesa.
Talking about the song choice for the video, Musical Director John Maher said: “We chose this track out of all the songs in ‘Thriller Live’ because ‘Earth Song’ is cinematic in scope, running from intensely personal to literally global concerns. With the world in lockdown fighting the Coronavirus pandemic, it seemed a natural choice for our current predicament.Everyone is under stress in so many ways – socially, professionally, psychologically, financially – whether you are cooped up at home with a house full of kids or trying to sit it out alone.”
The singers in the video include: Peter Andre, Joey James, MiG Ayesa, J Rome, Ina Seidou, John Moabi, Britt Quentin, Haydon Eshun,
Jesse Smith, Vivienne Ekwulugo, Rory Taylor, David Julien, Adriana Louise, Zoe Birkett, Wayne Anthony-Cole and Kieran Alleyne. Meanwhile, the band is formed of John Maher (Musical Director/Arranger, Keyboards & Acoustic Guitars), Ryan Alex Farmery (Keyboards) Adam Kovacs (Percussion),
Jo Phillpotts (Bass), Allan Salmon (Electric Guitar), Accy Yeats (Drums).
Director and choreographer Gary Lloyd said: “‘Earth Song’ contains the ‘Heal The World’ sentiment, yet more powerful and clear in its message.
25 years ago, Michael Jackson was ridiculed for the lyrical content of this song, yet most of it has since become a terrifying reality. We wanted to find something that not only says thank you to our fans and everyone involved in ‘Thriller Live’ following our closure, but also resonates and relates to this current crisis, adding our deepest gratitude to all frontline workers, carers and the NHS for all they are doing.”