Musical based on Michael Jackson's life to hit Broadway in 2020

Esequiel Farfan
Junio 20, 2018

Columbia Live Stage and the Michael Jackson Estate announced on Tuesday (June 19) that development has begun on a stage show based on MJ's life, to be directed by Tony Award victor Christopher Wheeldon.

We're finally getting a Michael Jackson musical. Details are sparse: What's known so far is that the untitled musical's book will be written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage (Ruined, Sweat) and directed and choreographed by Tony victor Christopher Wheeldon (An American in Paris), with "a score made up of some of the best-loved, top-selling songs in recording history".

The estate previously approved two Cirque du Soleil productions inspired by the late legend, but the Broadway show will be the first of its kind.

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Nottage, a professor in the theater department of Columbia University, most recently won acclaim for "Sweat", a play about a blue-collar town in Pennsylvania that sees an eruption of ethnic tensions with immigrants as industrial jobs vanish. The as-yet-untitled project will be directed by Christopher Wheeldon, who won a Tony Award in 2015 for Best Choreography for his work on An American In Paris.

Jackson died in 2009 after overdosing on propofol and lorazepam and, months after, his death was ruled as a homicide. The singer had been acquitted four years earlier of allegations of child molestation, which he strenuously denied.

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