Adrian Grant (writer and producer)

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Adrian Grant is a writer and theatrical producer best known for his long-term association with singer Michael Jackson, which led to his creation of the hit West End stage show, Thriller – Live.

Biography[edit]

In 1988 Adrian Grant launched the Michael Jackson fanzine, Off the Wall, which had been approved by Sony and MJJ Productions. Within 2 years its circulation grew from 200 to 25,000 and was read in over 47 countries around the world.

In March 1990, Michael Jackson invited Adrian to Neverland Valley, and he became the first ever person to write a feature story about his wonderful retreat. Published in the British publication Smash Hits, it was surprisingly Jackson's first cover story for the popular magazine.

Adrian was privileged with great access to Jackson's world over the years [1] leading to the publication of three books, Live & Dangerous, Making HIStory and the best-selling chronology Michael Jackson - The Visual Documentary, published by Omnibus Press.

In 2001 Michael Jackson personally attended the 'Tenth Annual Michael Jackson Day' - a show Adrian had been producing since 1991. Michael described the show as "Beautiful and incredible!"

In 2006 Adrian developed the Michael Jackson Tribute show further and created Thriller – Live,[2] which first previewed at the Dominion Theatre.[3] Later that year Adrian teamed the Thriller – Live dancers up with RnB star, Chris Brown (American entertainer), to perform before Michael Jackson and a TV audience of almost one billion at the 2006 World Music Awards, celebrating the record-breaking Thriller (album) and Jackson receiving the Diamond Award.

The following year Adrian joined up with Flying Music to produce Thriller – Live as a touring show, enjoying success and rave reviews across the UK and Europe. In January 2009, Thriller – Live launched in the West End at the Lyric Theatre, London.[4][5][6][7]

Away from Jackson, Adrian has managed performers for over 15 years, run a record label, and produced a variety of events, including 'Gospel Singer of the Year'.

Adrian has also worked as a writer, art director and publisher, and contributed to some of the UK's top titles including Elle, Heat and FHM, as well as publishing his own titles - Shades, Urban Image and Blink.

In September 2011, Adrian launched a new west end production, Respect La Diva,[8][9][10] a musical celebration paying tribute to some of the greatest female singers of all-time. The show also used its link to strong iconic women to support Refuge (United Kingdom charity).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Adrian Grant: 'Jackson was a normal guy' (interview in Metro)
  2. ^ http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/entertainment-in-newcastle/theatre/2011/06/21/interview-adrian-grant-creator-of-thriller-live-72703-28913522/
  3. ^ Egere-Cooper, Matilda (26 August 2006). "Jacko tribute heads to West End". BBC News. Retrieved 2012-01-02. 
  4. ^ http://www.whatsonstage.com/reviews/theatre/london/E8831315820845/Respect+La+Diva.html
  5. ^ http://www.metro.co.uk/showbiz/494302-tito-attends-jackson-show-premiere
  6. ^ Roy, Sanjoy (22 January 2009). "Theatre review: Thriller Live / Lyric, London". The Guardian. London. 
  7. ^ Coveney, Michael (26 January 2009). "Thriller Live, Lyric Theatre, London". The Independent. London. 
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-02-12. Retrieved 2011-12-31. 
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-01-06. Retrieved 2011-12-31. 
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-10-12. Retrieved 2011-12-31. 

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