The song “MJ” about the life and career of the late Michael Jackson returns to its Broadway launch in the spring of 2021. The move comes after the Great White Way extended its shutdown through Labor Day due to the Carnavirus epidemic.
The show will now begin pre-performance on March 8, 2021, with an opening night scheduled for April 15 at the Neil Simon Theater. “MJ” was initially set to launch in July 620, 2020.
Ticket buyers will receive instant refunds for performance.
Ephraim Sykes, who stopped a Tony for “not being too arrogant”, will portray Jackson in the music. “MJ” will feature classic Jackson songs such as “Beat It,” “Billy Jean,” “How You Feel Me,” and “Smooth Criminal.” The show was originally titled “Stop When You’re Not Enough”, but it was renamed “MJ”.
Lynn Notage (“Ruins”) wrote the musical book, while Christopher Hildon (“An American in Paris”) will direct and choreograph.
Despite recent child sexual abuse allegations against Wade Robson and James Safchak’s Jackson, the details will still run on the HBO documentary “Levering Neverland”. Jackson’s family has denied the allegations. Legendary pop sensation died in 2009 at the age of 50.
While other Broadway shows, including David Byrne’s “American Utopia” and Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker’s “Plaza Suite” have been pushed back, the Tony Awards show was still in the air from countless.