NEW YORK (AP) — Broadway’s splashy new musical about Michael Jackson will moonwalk across America next year.
“MJ,” filled with dozens of songs from the King of Pop and others, plans to hit 17 major cities over two years from 2023. It will debut in Chicago at the James M. Nederlander Theater on July 15, 2023.
“We are thrilled with Broadway’s response to ‘MJ’ and that we are already in full preparation to bring this exhilarating show to Chicago and across the United States,” producer Lia Vollack said in a statement. “Chicago is a premier theater and music destination, and we’re thrilled to be able to begin this journey at one of the finest venues in the Nederlander Organization.
Additional touring commitments and a full cast will be announced at a later date. The tour will also include a previously revealed two-week engagement at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center in Charlotte, North Carolina from September 26 to October 26. 8, 2023.
The musical features most of Jackson’s and the Jackson 5’s greatest hits, including “ABC”, “Black or White”, “Blame it on the Boogie”, “Bad”, “Billie Jean”, “Off the Wall”, “Thriller” and “I’ll be there.”
The framing technique for the biography is a fictional MTV film crew who gained access to capture Jackson’s 1992 “Dangerous” tour build-up. Jackson goes back in time to explain his career and approach, showing a perfectionist side. It is the work of playwright Lynn Nottage and director and choreographer Christopher Wheeldon. The musical was endorsed by Michael Jackson’s estate; Jackson died in 2009.
Broadway critics were divided on the musical, with many frustrated that it avoided assault charges, which Jackson later pursued. But virtually everyone agreed that the songs and dancing were top notch, as did the main man, Myles Frost.
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