The Michael Jackson Musical: 'MJ'

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="de"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">A new musical inspired by the life of Michael Jackson is heading to Broadway! <a href="https://t.co/z4qQxYgaxf">https://t.co/z4qQxYgaxf</a> <a href="https://t.co/JlAmu6Hpkw">pic.twitter.com/JlAmu6Hpkw</a></p>&mdash; Playbill (@playbill) <a href="https://twitter.com/playbill/status/1009073333818753026?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">19. Juni 2018</a></blockquote>
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Hello #MJFAM!
We wanted you to be the FIRST to know:
The Estate of Michael Jackson has partnered with Columbia Live Stage to develop a Michael Jackson stage musical which is expected to open on Broadway in 2020. The musical, which doesn’t yet have a title, will be written by Lynn Nottage – who is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, and directed by Christopher Wheeldon, a Tony Award winner. And, of course, the music will be all Michael Jackson!
More to come!

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Michael Jackson show headed to Broadway in 2020

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A musical inspired by the life of late pop singer Michael Jackson will open on Broadway in 2020, Jackson&#8217;s estate and its producing partner said on Tuesday.

The story will be written by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage, according to a statement from the &#8220;Thriller&#8221; singer&#8217;s estate and Columbia Live Stage, co-developers of the untitled production.

The show will feature songs from Jackson&#8217;s extensive catalog of hits, it said.

Known as the King of Pop, Jackson died at age 50 in 2009 from an overdose of the anesthetic propofol and sedatives.

His estate previously collaborated on a live tribute show by Cirque du Soleil called &#8220;Michael Jackson One,&#8221; which has been running in Las Vegas since 2013.

Jackson gained success with songs such as &#8220;ABC&#8221; and &#8220;I&#8217;ll Be There&#8221; as a child singer with his brothers, and later pursued a solo career that earned him worldwide fame and fans with hits such as &#8220;Rock With You,&#8221; &#8220;Bad&#8221; and &#8220;Beat It.&#8221;
 

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="de"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The Michael Jackson Estate and Columbia Live Stage announced a Michael Jackson musical is in development and is expected to open in 2020. <a href="https://t.co/ZldOv7Ogsg">https://t.co/ZldOv7Ogsg</a></p>&mdash; Twitter Moments (@TwitterMoments) <a href="https://twitter.com/TwitterMoments/status/1009108104712253442?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">19. Juni 2018</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="de"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Michael Jackson musical officially in development <a href="https://t.co/tAoED5zwu0">https://t.co/tAoED5zwu0</a> <a href="https://t.co/qKWW477Y0q">pic.twitter.com/qKWW477Y0q</a></p>&mdash; billboard (@billboard) <a href="https://twitter.com/billboard/status/1009092217242292224?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">19. Juni 2018</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="de"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Musical about <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MichaelJackson?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MichaelJackson</a> is moonwalking its way to Broadway.<a href="https://t.co/VQu8uDYaKs">https://t.co/VQu8uDYaKs</a></p>&mdash; AP Entertainment (@APEntertainment) <a href="https://twitter.com/APEntertainment/status/1009079198231785472?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">19. Juni 2018</a></blockquote>
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A new musical framed around the life and music of the late singer-songwriter Michael Jackson is currently in development, Columbia Live Stage and The Michael Jackson Estate have announced. The stage show is expected to arrive on Broadway in 2020.

The currently untitled musical will feature a book by two-time Pulitzer winner Lynn Nottage (Sweat) and a score made up of Jackson's song catalogue. Tony winner Christopher Wheeldon (An American in Paris) will direct and choreograph.

Jackson's many albums included Got to Be There (1972), Ben (1972), Music & Me (1973), Forever, Michael (1975), Off the Wall (1979), Thriller (1982), Bad (1987), Dangerous (1991), Book I (1995) and Invincible (2001). His hit singles comprised "Just Can't Stop Loving You," "The Way You Make Me Feel," "Man in the Mirror," "Dirty Diana," "Black or White" and "Remember the Time." Jackson was the recipient of 13 Grammy Awards.

Casting and a pre-Broadway production timeline for the Michael Jackson bio-musical will be announced at a later date.
 

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Michael Jackson's remarkable life story is being turned into a musical and is set for a 2020 debut

A musical about the King of Pop is moonwalking its way to Broadway.

The Michael Jackson Estate and Columbia Live Stage on Tuesday unveiled plans for a stage musical inspired by the life of Michael Jackson.

They hope it will be ready for Broadway by 2020.

The story for the still-untitled musical will be written by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage, using Jackson's vast catalog of songs.

Tony Award winner Christopher Wheeldon will direct and choreograph.

As of June casting choices were still unannounced.

The move is the latest stage project to portray pop stars onstage with their best works, a list that includes Donna Summer, Cher, Gloria Estefan, the Go-Gos and Huey Lewis and the News.

As a solo artist and with his brothers, 13-time Grammy winner Jackson sold millions of records and in 1983 became an international icon with the release of Thriller, the best-selling album of all time with such hits as Beat It and Billie Jean.

He died in 2009 at the age of 50.

Nottage is the writer of Sweat, Intimate Apparel, By The Way, Meet Vera Stark and Ruined.

Wheeldon, a resident choreographer of the New York City Ballet, was the director-choreographer of An American in Paris on Broadway.

Jackson's music was also part of the musical Thriller &#8211; Live, which has been performed on London's West End since 2009.

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Nottage (above in May 2018)

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Tony Award winner Christopher Wheeldon (above in 2010) will direct and choreograph
 

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="de"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">NEW YORK 2020...HERE I COME!!!! <a href="https://t.co/gkC69TRwAw">https://t.co/gkC69TRwAw</a></p>&mdash; Pez Dann (@Pezdann) <a href="https://twitter.com/Pezdann/status/1009079111644536832?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">19. Juni 2018</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="de"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Just in! LIFE OF MICHAEL JACKSON is in development and will premiere on Broadway in 2020! <a href="https://t.co/cIaauskK8r">https://t.co/cIaauskK8r</a> <a href="https://t.co/Y7ND7Zyg8F">pic.twitter.com/Y7ND7Zyg8F</a></p>&mdash; broadway.com (@broadwaycom) <a href="https://twitter.com/broadwaycom/status/1009073970237321218?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">19. Juni 2018</a></blockquote>
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Re: A new musical inspired by the life of Michael Jackson is heading to Broadway!

Excellent news.
 

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Re: A new musical inspired by the life of Michael Jackson is heading to Broadway!

As a theater kid and Broadway lover, I cannot understate how EXCITED I am for this.
 

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Re: A new musical inspired by the life of Michael Jackson is heading to Broadway!

MJ on broadway, why the hell not?
 

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Re: A new musical inspired by the life of Michael Jackson is heading to Broadway!

Wonderful. Like I keep saying, the RIGHTOUS will keep going strong. See how MJ is LOVED.
 

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Re: A new musical inspired by the life of Michael Jackson is heading to Broadway!

Great news.

I am happy to see the kind of people involved in this project - gives hopes for an amazing musical.

I would love to go to New York - so maybe this is my reason to finally go. 2020 - will be interesting.

I really hope it's gonna be good. - I think "Childhood" will no doubt be incorporated and it could be beautiful.
 

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Re: A new musical inspired by the life of Michael Jackson is heading to Broadway!

well well well, is good to know with so much time ahead where my vactions of 2020 will be... :rollin:
 

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Re: A new musical inspired by the life of Michael Jackson is heading to Broadway!

I think I will ude this opportunity to give a compliment to The Estate.

This is a tactical great move. Broadway is taken serious. MJ on Broadway will be a serious musical written and directed by recognized people.

This will be a great addition to his Legacy - and his music will reach new targets - and come out wide.

I just hope this musical will be a huge succes and go on tour around the world like some musicals do.
 

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Re: A new musical inspired by the life of Michael Jackson is heading to Broadway!

I think "Childhood" will no doubt be incorporated and it could be beautiful.

That would be perfect! One Night Only kind of performance maybe. But sure is essential to tell his story.
 

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Re: A new musical inspired by the life of Michael Jackson is heading to Broadway!

In my opinion it's just milking Michael. The artist himself is gone, and with him is any interest I have in projects that he is not involved in/ has no say in. That said, if peeps get to know his music through Broadway, good for them, I guess. I couldn't care for the Las Vegas show, so I'll see with this Broadway production.
 

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Re: A new musical inspired by the life of Michael Jackson is heading to Broadway!

Broadway presence is not a bad thing.. if it's for money or whatever reason.. a broadway show representing Michael in a positive light.. come on how are we gonna bring out the bad in everything?
 

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wednesday;4224107 said:
That would be perfect! One Night Only kind of performance maybe. But sure is essential to tell his story.

My thoughts exactly - a musical about MJ can not be made without Childhood...

KOPV;4224134 said:
Broadway presence is not a bad thing.. if it's for money or whatever reason.. a broadway show representing Michael in a positive light.. come on how are we gonna bring out the bad in everything?

It's beyond me too&#8230; This is a great move from the Estate - and a great way to both make money (as they should and need to!) but do it in a respectful way and make people know more about MJ - both his life and his music.

It's a win-win-win all the way around. - This and Cirque Du Soleil is propably the best decisions The Estate has made IMO. - It's entertaining and great - just like MJ wanted it. - He would be very proud I'm sure to have his own musical on Broadway.
 

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It`s a great move and hopefully as great as MJOne or even greater.
I did not see one review from a fan or a person other who saw MJOne, who was disappointed. It must be a sensational show and far better than the Immortal-World-Tour.
 

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Re: A new musical inspired by the life of Michael Jackson is heading to Broadway!

Of course Michael would be very proud. He was a fan of broadway!

And for those who complain about the estate only doing this for money well... that's a good thing, we do realize that the more successful (money making) projects the estate takes part of helps right?

Any project we want takes funding, and the more money they make from MJ projects the more insured they'll be to do more projects and feel comfortable enough to invest into more stuff..
 
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You can always rely on KOPV to stick up for the Estate! haha

any interest I have in projects that he is not involved in/ has no say in.

I know where you're coming from and I definitely felt that way about the animated special (which I still haven't seen). But to me the Broadway show idea works fine without Michael's direct input - I don't think it's necessary. To me, an outsider's perspective may even be more effective where a theatre production of this ilk is concerned. I think I look at the theatre/stage productions like MJ One and this as a tribute by nature, on a grand scale, and that's something I absolutely want to see. Whereas the animated special to me was trying to come off as something Michael 'would have done' or 'started the idea of but didn't finish'.

My only hope is that they do Michael's name justice and have a hit which is no easy feat. I do wonder where this will leave Thriller Live though IF this new show is a success.
 

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Re: A new musical inspired by the life of Michael Jackson is heading to Broadway!

If this is done well it could be huge.
 
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