My Life with Michael is an autobiographical look at director Gary Lloyd’s journey working with the legacy of Michael Jackson. After ten years in London’s West End, Thriller Live! has become one of the UK’s longest-running musicals and has played around the world to over 5 million people.
The book explores Lloyd’s life growing up as a driven and determined male dancer in the 1980s and as an aspiring choreographer/director; and how the inspiration of Michael Jackson’s work paved the way for this continued relationship. We see how the show is cast and follow the journey of various cast members around the world as Jackson’s phenomenon continues breathing through this global hit show. Lloyd has documented many of the amazing, funny and sometimes unbelievable stories as he travels with this show, constantly developing it and documenting its behind the scenes narrative.
Gary Lloyd grew up in the North East of England. He started dancing at the age of six with his four-year-old sister and they competed in Ballroom and Latin American dance together for several years. Gary moved onto the stage studying musical theatre after gaining a place at Laine Theatre Arts in Epsom, Surrey aged sixteen. After two years there he successfully auditioned for CATS the musical and there followed a ten-year career on stage in the West End and around the world. As well as becoming a creative director for Simon Fuller, Lloyd has worked with some of the world’s major stars and artists on the live stage and on television. His latest projects include Heathers the Musical, Cruel Intentions the Musical and working with Bill Kenwright on Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. He lives in Kent.