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MJ: The Michael Jackson Story Summary
- Genre: Musical - World Premiere
- MJ: The Michael Jackson Story is 2 Hours 35 Minutes long, including an intermission of 15 Minutes
- 8 Shows per week
- Previews Begin: July 24, 2020
- Show Opens: August 18, 2020
- Show Closes: Open ended
A biographical retelling of Michael Jackson’s life as told through many of his greatest hit songs, while he prepares for the 1992 “Dangerous Tour”
MJ: The Michael Jackson Story on Broadway Background
MJ: The Michael Jackson Story, which was formerly known as Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough, is a jukebox musical about the life of Michael Jackson, written by Lynn Nottage. Nottage is a notable playwright and the first and only woman to have won the Pulitzer Prize twice. She achieved these accolades for her previous Broadway plays Ruined and Sweat, two tales of hardship that focus on themes of identity and discrimination. MJ: The Michael Jackson Story has incorporated many of Michael Jackson’s iconic dance moves into its set pieces thanks to the addition of director and choreographer Christopher Wheeldon. It is Wheeldon, who is a Tony Award winning contemporary ballet choreographer known for his work with the New York City Ballet and the musical An American in Paris, that really sets the tone for this show. The show experienced a rocky start due to the cancellation of its pre-Broadway premiere at the James N. Nederlander Theatre in Chicago in 2018 and subsequent alleged financial problems in 2019. The decision to call off the Chicago test run was allegedly made by the Michael Jackson estate due to alleged scheduling difficulties caused by the alleged Actors Equity strike in early 2019, but this was allegedly seen by many as a delaying tactic for a show that faces much criticism for its poor handling of the allegations of sexual abuse made against Jackson over the years both before and after his death. The show avoids touching on any of these allegations and intends to focus the show on the repertoire of the artist and not his complete backstory. The story has been heavily criticized though for including a reference to the alleged childhood trauma that Jackson suffered at the hands of his own father, Joe Jackson, but not for covering alleged trauma that Jackson allegedly prescribed on the children in his own life.
What’s MJ: The Michael Jackson Story Like?
The musical follows the late King of Pop as he prepares for his 1992 Dangerous World Tour. As Michael and his colleagues rehearse their iconic choreography and world famous songs, the audience is transported back in time to the many creative and defining moments in the star’s life. Many of the icons most popular traits make it into the show including the Moonwalk dance, his single sparkling glove and his love of chimps. The show is heavy on music and light on plot, making it another classic jukebox musical, but is still a crowd-pleaser, with its rendition of many old favorites and some that you may have forgotten.
Is MJ: The Michael Jackson Story Good for Kids?
This show is entertaining for children of all ages as it is jam packed with recognizable songs that have inspired generations of kids to chase their dreams.
New York, NY 10019
Michael Jackson Estate
Columbia Live Stage
- General Manager
- Devin Keudell
- Casting Director
- Rachel Hoffman
- Press Agent
- DKC O&M
- Book Writer
- Lynn Nottage
- Christopher Wheeldon
- Christopher Wheeldon
- Musical Supervisor
- David Holcenberg