Multi-talented Fil-Aussie artist MiG Ayesa seems to have done it all. He has performed in shows which captured the hearts of audiences in Broadway in USA, West End in London, Manila in the Philippines and other major cities over the years.
But it was only in the last couple of months that MiG realised one of his wishes – to tour Australia again, the home soil where he grew up. Indeed it has been several years since he played the role of Ritchie Valens in the Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story which went on tour across Australia.
MiG’s dream homecoming takes him around Australia as headline act of Thriller Live, the musical which pays tribute to the great Michael Jackson and his music. He and the cast have completed shows in Perth, Adelaide and Brisbane, and currently wowing audiences in Melbourne. The Sydney audiences will get their chance to watch the musical and see MiG do what he does best from February 26 to March 8 at the Lyric Theatre in Sydney.
“The Australian audiences have gone totally nuts about the show. There must be such an undying love for Michael Jackson here that any connection with him is celebrated and welcomed with open arms,” said MiG when asked about his Australian experience of Thriller Live.
“I expected the show to do well, but was totally unprepared for the reception we received in every city in Australia so far. We were told that the Aussie audiences may be a little quiet and reserved. Wrong! The show is a thousand times more lively on this Australian tour than it was in London,” he said.
“I suspect it’s because the show is embedded thick into the Theatre District of London, amongst the dramatic plays and blockbuster musicals, whereas THRILLER LIVE is more like a concert than anything else. But the promoters here have gotten it right and we cannot be more thrilled with the response.”
The show and MiG have been getting rave reviews from the media and the audiences.
MiG’s number one fan in Perth, his brother Andrew, said: “Thriller Live was a fantastic night out. It was a show for all ages…taking you on a journey through Michael Jackson’s life. It was not only engaging and entertaining, but educational too.”
“The cast were amazing…. I loved that there wasn’t just one performer playing the part of Michael …but a number of outstanding singers including the ever-youthful and charismatic MiG. He epitomises professionalism and never disappoints.”
Another Fil-Aussie fan, Rose LLora Walker of Brisbane said: “My husband and I went to see Thriller as we are big fans of MiG. He didn’t disappoint us as MiG always give 110%. It’s been a number of years since we saw MiG perform and I can truly say he still has the ‘it’ factor and yet manages to stay so humble! If you enjoy Michael Jackson’s music and dance performances, I totally recommend that you go and see the show as it was thoroughly entertaining and you get to see an entertainer (MiG) show his craft.”
MiG is excited reconnecting with his Australian fans and in extending his invitation, he said: “To all of you Sydney-siders…COME SEE THRILLER LIVE…OR ELSE!! We’ve got a few locals in the show (Prinnie Stevens, Tom Remaili, John Maher, Victor Rounds, John Bettison, Tony Azzopardi and myself)…but just come for a great night out if you wanna be startin’ something and dance across the floor as we rock with you all night!”
THRILLER LIVE is over two hours of non-stop hits from pop to rock, soul to disco and features stunning choreography and innovative dance moves executed with flair, precision and passion in a show that fans will never forget.
THRILLER LIVE was originally conceived and created by Adrian Grant, a long-time associate of Michael Jackson, and author of ‘Michael Jackson – The Visual Documentary’. The Australian tour of THRILLER LIVE is produced by Ambassador Theatre Group, The Flying Music Company, BB Promotion and Lunchbox Theatricals in association with Key Concerts and Adelaide Festival Centre.