June 19, 2018 at 7:27 am #1202568665
Today, it was just revealed that Columbia Live Stage will be teaming up with the Michael Jackson Estate to produce a Broadway-bound bio-musical about the legendary recording artist. The creative team they’ve assembled so far is pretty interesting as it consists of two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage and Tony-winning director/choreographer Christopher Wheeldon.
Thoughts?June 19, 2018 at 8:39 am #1202568702
It’ll be interesting to see how they handle the whole child molestation controversy, or if they’ll just ignore it entirely.June 26, 2018 at 7:40 pm #1202574348
A developmental lab for the musical will take place between September 24-October 21. http://www.playbill.com/article/broadway-aimed-michael-jackson-musical-sets-fall-developmental-labJuly 4, 2018 at 6:26 pm #1202579411
I wonder what era will this musical focus on?September 16, 2018 at 12:58 pm #1202633202
Christopher Wheeldon provided an update to Playbill about the show. He says the book is still being worked on and that he’s about to begin dance labs to nail down many of Michael Jackson’s dance moves, including the moonwalk. He also emphasized that rather than focus on Jackson’s entire life, it will focus on a specific moment of time in his life. What that time is, we don’t know. http://www.playbill.com/article/what-to-expect-from-the-broadway-bound-michael-jackson-musicalJanuary 23, 2019 at 8:25 am #1202745485
The Michael Jackson bio-musical, which is now under the title of Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough, will have its world premiere in Chicago this fall prior to a Broadway arrival sometime next year.
https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Michael-Jackson-DONT-STOP-TIL-YOU-GET-ENOUGH-to-Premiere-in-Chicago-Broadway-Bound-2020-20190123February 7, 2019 at 7:49 pm #1202764814
It’ll be interesting to see how well-received this show will be in the wake of the premiere of the documentary Leaving Neverland at the Sundance Film Festival, which explored the sexual abuse allegations against Michael Jackson.February 14, 2019 at 10:22 am #1202776060
The Michael Jackson estate, facing questions prompted by the new documentary detailing abuse allegations against the singer, announced today that it’s canceling the planned Chicago tryout of Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough. They are now aiming to bring the musical straight to Broadway next summer.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/14/theater/michael-jackson-chicago-musical-cancelled.htmlOctober 6, 2019 at 6:24 pm #1203124711
Looks like they’re still planning to bring this to Broadway next summer despite the fact that Leaving Neverland has already ruined many people’s perceptions of Michael Jackson for good. Except now, it’s being retitled as simply MJ. Exact dates and a theater haven’t been announced yet, though. http://www.playbill.com/article/michael-jackson-musical-gets-new-title-ahead-of-broadway-debut
It’ll be interesting to see if Leaving Neverland will affect this show at the box office. Another question that we could certainly debate, in the wake of Leaving Neverland, is it insulting, in your opinion, to even bring this show to Broadway at all? Wouldn’t it be a slap in the face to the #MeToo movement? I personally think it is. But it looks like Broadway obviously doesn’t care about the #MeToo movement, especially after they cast Amar Ramasar in the upcoming revival of West Side Story AFTER he got fired by the New York City Ballet for sharing explicit pictures of women without their consent.November 21, 2019 at 7:30 am #1203194585
Tony nominee Ephraim Sykes will be starring as Michael Jackson.
When I saw Ain’t Too Proud almost three weeks ago, Ephraim was out at the performance I attended. After the show, the guy at the stage door told us that it was because he was actually doing the workshop for MJ.
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