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News Thriller – Live to Mark Anniversary of Michael Jackson's Death With Two Special Events The West End production of Thriller – Live will offer two events this week to mark the first anniversary of the death of Michael Jackson, whose work is celebrated in the London musical at the Lyric Theatre.

The British dance group Diversity will join the cast of Thriller – Live June 24 at noon to unveil a permanent West End memorial to Michael Jackson in the foyer of the Lyric Theatre. On June 25 at 7:30 PM, six of the young boys who have played Jackson in the West End production — James Anderson, Jean-Mikhael Baque, Kieran Alleyne, Kuan Frye, Mitchell Zhangazha and MJ Mytton-Sanneh — will perform "Speechless – The Tribute," a new single specially recorded for the event. All proceeds from the single will benefit War Child.

Thriller – Live executive director Adrian Grant stated, "I wanted to do something positive to mark the one year anniversary of Michael’s passing. Of course we could never look to improve upon the original. This song is heavenly and is all about Michael’s amazing vocal. Michael loved songs with emotions and a message, with a sense of immortality. He once told me, 'I like there to be some depth in the lyrics as well as a melodic simpleness that the whole world can sing them.' 'Speechless' is one of Michael’s records that is simple yet powerfully effective. The sentiment behind the song, and what it now means to me in Michael’s passing truly reflects the emotions one feels due to his loss – those of sadness, but also remembering the joy he gave the world as we celebrate his life."

Thriller – Live is currently booking at the Lyric Theatre until Jan. 9, 2011.

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