Michael Jackson on broadway
I’ve never been big into musicals or stage plays of any sort, but I have seen a few that I really enjoyed. One being Carole King’s Beautiful. I saw it for my birthday two or so years ago with my mom and we had great seats in the front row and really enjoyed the show. The music was incredible and I loved learning more about Carole’s life and other influences.
I’ve also seen a small scale Michael Jackson “performance,” called MJ Live, as well as a larger scale production about The Beatles. It was pretty cool and it covered all the different stages of their career with appropriate costume stages all throughout the production. I believe it was called Rain.
I know Cher has a broadway show out either now or coming very soon, too. That would be exciting to see.
And today, I just saw on Rolling Stone that Michael Jackson will have one as well. It will premiere in Chicago.
Last summer, the Michael Jackson estate and Columbia Live Stage announced that they were developing a new stage musical inspired by the life of the dead pop star. On Wednesday, they confirmed it will be titled Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough. The production will have its out-of-town premiere in Chicago (beginning October 29th and running through December 1st) at the James M. Nederlander Theatre, before transferring to Broadway some time in 2020.
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage (Sweat in 2017, Ruined in 2009) will pen the book, and Tony-winning choreographer Christopher Wheeldon (An American in Paris) will direct and choreograph the show. The score will comprise hits from across Jackson’s massive catalogue.
The jukebox musical arrives after The Cher Show premiered on Broadway this year and before Ain’t Too Proud — The Life and Times of the Temptations is set to open this spring after playing to packed audiences in Toronto and Los Angeles. Head Over Heels, which used the music of the Go-Gos to tell an adaptation of a 16th-century poem, recently closed on Broadway as did a musical based on Jimmy Buffet’s songbook, Escape to Margaritaville. These musicals have mostly attracted fans who come for the familiar tunes in an unusual setting, rather than the often scattershot storytelling.
The Jackson estate previously sanctioned two Cirque du Soleil shows, Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour and Michael Jackson: One. The estate has also produced other projects in recent years, including the 2017 compilation Scream, a 3-D rendering of the famed “Thriller” video and two posthumous albums, Michael and Xscape (Rolling Stone).
I’m not sure if I’ll try to go to see this one, but it will be interesting to see the reviews of it after its premiere.