Michael Jackson moonwalks into Auckland
Almost six years after his death the King of Pop has moonwalked his way into Auckland in the form of Thriller Live, an on-stage celebration of Michael Jackson's music.
Thriller Live is in New Zealand for the first time, as it enters its seventh year in London's West End.
The musical has now played more than 3000 shows globally to 2.5 million fans in more than 30 countries and is the longest running show at London's Lyric Theatre.
Newcomer lead Prinnie Stevens said the show was jam-packed with iconic Jackson music.
Stevens, who shot to fame on reality television show The Voice Australia, said the show's cast, including the five leads were Michael Jackson fans.
They were always watching Michael Jackson videos and working on new choreography for the show, she said.
"It's forever evolving."
Stevens was one of the newest cast members and had learnt a lot from those who had been performing the show for the past five years, she said, adding that it was great to be able to bring new energy and fresh ideas to the musical.
When people first arrived at the show it was a little bit confusing, she said.
The audience was unsure whether Thriller Live was a musical or a live music show.
"At first they are very much waiting on the edge of their seat, trying to figure out what to expect."
However, the cast quickly eliminated any doubts as it launched into music from The Jackson 5, to the 1970s, through to Jackson's most recent work.
Stevens said the show was full of "iconic" songs from Jackson's 45-year career, including hits like ABC, The Way You Make Me Feel, Smooth Criminal, Beat It, Billie Jean, Bad and Thriller!
Thriller Live was conceived by Michael Jackson's associate Adrian Grant, the author of Michael Jackson – The Visual Documentary.
Thriller Live is on at The Civic in Auckland from February 12-22.