'MJ The Musical' goes beyond the distinctive dance moves and singing style and promises a rare look into the mind of Michael Jackson.
Four-time Tony Award-winning musical MJ The Musical is making its way to Australia, locking in an exclusive run at Sydney’s Lyric Theatre in February 2025.
MJ The Musical was created by Director/Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage as it centres itself around the making of Michael Jackson’s 1992 Dangerous World Tour.
A synopsis notes that MJ The Musical goes beyond the distinctive dance moves and singing style and promises a rare look into the mind of Michael Jackson. You can sign up for the MJ The Musical Australia waitlist here to access pre-sale tickets.
MJ The Musical was initially supposed to premiere on Broadway in mid-2020, but that was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. MJ The Musical opened at the Neil Simon Theatre on 1 February 2022, with previews beginning on 6 December to mixed reviews from critics, but is a proven box office hit.
By November 2023, MJ The Musical had grossed $150.6 million at the box office, pulling in over a million punters for its showings.
Earlier this year, Madonna shared that she was moved to tears by the musical production, tagging star Myles Frost and writing, “Thank You for your extraordinary performance as Michael Jackson. You made me cry”.
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You can check out a teaser video for MJ The Musical below.
Director Antoine Fuqua said about working with Jaafar, “It’s incredibly exciting to watch Jaafar bring Michael to life. There was such a spiritual connection when I first met Jaafar, who has a natural ability to emulate Michael and such a great chemistry with the camera.”
Fuqua added on the influence of Michael Jackson, “For me, there is no artist with the power, the charisma, and the sheer musical genius of Michael Jackson. I was influenced to make music videos by watching his work – the first Black artist to play in heavy rotation on MTV. His music and those images are part of my worldview, and the chance to tell his story on the screen alongside his music was irresistible.”