Michael Jackson, one of the most beloved and influential musicians of all time, chased perfection his entire existence. It's unfortunate he is not alive to witness the flawless production of MJ the Musical, a model biographical musical now open at the Neil Simon Theatre on Broadway. Under the exemplary direction and choreography of Christopher Wheeldon, the production gives context to Jackson's inherited demons and zooms in on his daunting creative process and peerless genius. MJ is the platinum...
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Michael Jackson fans rejoice! MJ The Musical is now at the Neil Simon Theatre. Get MJ The Musical tickets on Broadway now.
MJ The Musical is set primarily at a rehearsal for Jackson's Dangerous World Tour in 1992. There, an MTV camera crew arrives to get footage and interviews for a documentary on the singer's career. As he sings his hit songs and gradually opens up to the interviewer, his memories and key moments in his career come to life.
The world premiere of MJ The Musical (previously titled Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough) officially debuted on Broadway in 2021. Under the direction of Tony Award winner Christopher Wheeldon (who also won a Tony Award for choreographing the production), the new bio-musical features a plethora of Michael Jackson's greatest hits and a new book by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage.
Nottage got her first Tony Award nomination in 2017 for her Broadway debut, Sweat. She made history as a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, being honored in 2009 for Ruined and in 2017 for Sweat, and her work has also been produced regularly off Broadway, including productions of Intimate Apparel, Mlima's Tale, and By the Way, Meet Vera Stark. Wheeldon is perhaps best known to New York audiences for directing and choreographing the 2015 Broadway premiere of An American in Paris.
With over 350 million records worldwide, Michael Jackson was an artist unlike any other. His career put him in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame, and made him the only recording artist in the Dance Hall of Fame. Starring as Michael Jackson in this world premiere of MJ The Musical is Myles Frost in his Broadway debut; he won a 2022 Tony for his portrayal.
What songs are in MJ The Musical?
MJ The Musical showcases more than 25 of Jackson's cherished hits, including "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough," "Rock with You," "Billie Jean," "Beat It," "Thriller," "Bad," "Man in the Mirror," "Smooth Criminal," "Black or White," and "Heal the World." These songs are reimagined in innovative ways to tell Jackson's career story.
How long is the MJ musical?
MJ The Musical runs 2 hours and 30 minutes, including an intermission.
MJ The Musical on Broadway provides an electrifying experience for Michael Jackson fans across the globe to visit and relive the memories.
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2hr 30min (incl. intermission)
December 6th, 2021
December 31st, 2023
Neil Simon Theatre
Cast and creative
By: Lynn Nottage
Songs by: Michael Jackson
Director: Christopher Wheeldon
Producer: Lia Vollack Productions and The Michael Jackson Estate
Cast list: Elijah Rhea Johnson (as MJ), Tavon Olds-Sample (as Michael), Max Chambers (as Little Michael), Jace Bently (as Little Marlon), Quentin Earl Darrington (as Joseph Jackson/Rob), Whitney Bashor (as Rachel), Gabriel Ruiz (as Alejandro), Antoine L. Smith (as Berry Gordy/Nick), Joey Sorge (as Dave), Ayana George (as Katherine Jackson), Apollo Levine (as Quincy Jones/Tito Jackson), John Edwards (as Jackie Jackson), Lamont Walker II (as Jermaine Jackson), Zelig Williams (as Marlon Jackson)
Design: Derek McLane
Lighting: Natasha Katz
Costume: Paul Tazewell
Choreography: Christopher Wheeldon
Sound: Gareth Owen
Other info: Music direction by Jason Michael Webb, musical supervision by David Holcenberg, orchestrations and arrangements by David Holcenberg and Jason Michael Webb, projection design by Peter Nigrini, hair and wig design by Charles LaPointe, movement consultation by Rich and Tone Talauega
Latest MJ The Musical on Broadway News & Features
The show uses the King of Pop's hits to illustrate his life story.
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The world premiere of MJ The Musical is set to begin previews at the Neil Simon Theatre on July 6, 2020, ahead of an official opening on August 13.
Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough cancels its pre-Broadway world premiere in Chicago and will open directly on the Great White Way.
Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough will stage its world premiere at Chicago's James M. Nederlander Theatre from October 29 through to December 1, 2019.