Concert: Thriller Live + Dining at the Crown Perth

Thanks to ACMN, the PFEs were invited to blog about the Thriller Live concert that is currently playing at the Crown Theatre Perth. The Thriller Live show is a spectacular concert created to celebrate the career of the world’s greatest entertainer, the undisputed King of Pop, Michael Jackson! It is now in its record breaking 6th year of show after opening in the Lyric Theatre in London on 2 January 2009 to rave reviews. Thriller Live has celebrated its 5th birthday in the West End, embarked on a world tour and a sell-out UK arena tour, played over 3000 shows globally to 2.5 million fans, visited over 26 countries and entered the West end record books by becoming the longest running show in the Lyric Theatres in 125 year history, and now it is in Perth!

No doubt I was excited about the event and was looking forward to it the whole week!

Thriller Live BoothThriller Live - foyer

Inside the theater, the show is about to start!Thriller Live - opening!

The running time for the show is approximately 2 hours 30 minutes. Some of the highlights of the show for me were:
  • Michael Jackson’s hit songs brought back to life, Blame it on the Boogie, I’ll Be There, They Don’t Care About Us, Black or White, Beat It, Billie Jean, Thriller and many more, and with that flashback memories of my teenage and young adult years!;
  • Heart-rending version of I’ll Be There by one of the female vocal leads Samantha Johnson, she has such an amazing and powerful voice, it almost brought tears to my eyes;
  • The great dance choreography and of course nothing can beat the “Moonwalk” and all the signature dance moves by Michael Jackson. Prepare to be deafened by screams from the audience;
  • The live band! They were playing on stage behind a screen which I thought was different from the usual concert/play I had attended. I loved how they were acknowledged a number of times throughout the concert!;
  • Interaction with the crowd, I spied a 5 year old dancing vigorously in front of me, body roll and all to the beat, it was so entertaining to watch;
  • And lastly, nothing can beat the nostalgic feelings you get as each song is performed, I can’t help but think what it would be like if Michael Jackson was still here with us.

Overall it was awesome entertainment and a fun night out. I was at the Michael Jackson Cirque du Soleil tour the previous year and I think I prefer this concert to that. Although the concept is totally different so a direct comparison can’t be made between the two, nothing beats live singing and dancing for me!

The Thriller Live last show is on the 21 December 2014. There is still time to catch it! Tickets can be booked through Ticketek. Don’t miss out!

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 DINNER TIME

Before the concert, my sister and I decided to have a quick dinner at the Merrywell. I had wanted to check out La Vie, the champagne lounge but were disappointed when the staff told us that they only have tapas style of food there. We were famished at the time so we decided to go to Merrywell instead.

It was super busy at Merrywell and we had to make a few rounds before finding a table to settle into. We had the following for dinner:

  • BBQ Duck Sloppy Joes 3pc ($21) with sriracha slaw on steamed bao buns. Although a bit ‘sloppy’ looking, these tasted delicious. Chunks of BBQ duck with some sort of hoisin marinade, right up my alley!

BBQ Duck Sloppy Joe

  • Fried Chicken & Jalapeno Corn Waffles ($29) – grilled corn tomato salsa, agave maple syrup and smoked paprika. This has changed since the last time I had this at the Merrywell a couple of years back, I remembered buttered red velvet waffles previously. I prefer the old version than this. Still a good dish though.

Fried Chicken and Waffles

  • Half a Lobster Tail ($15 with each main meal) – the lobster tail was a special that can only be ordered with a main. The lobster tail was lightly grilled which was sufficient as the flesh was so juicy and sweet that it didn’t need more cooking. I’m glad I ordered this as it was yum!

Half Lobster Tail

  • Onion Rings ($7) – can’t go wrong with this, super crunchy and appetising. I can have the whole serve myself!

Onion Rings

There seemed to be a few new additions to the menu from my last visit, I love how the menu is constantly updated so that we can try new things! Merrywell never disappoints!
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As we had some spare time before the concert started, we headed over to Cotta for some dessert. We decided on a Vanilla Latte and the Mango Creme Lime ($6.90) to share as we were too full to have one each. A nice finish to our dinner at the Crown Perth!

Mango Creme Lime
Cotta Cafe on Urbanspoon

Narration by Miss L


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