You’ll want to start something to get to Broadway, as the full cast of Michael Jackson’s musical MJ has been announced. MJ premieres at the Neil Simon Theater on December 6 before an opening night on February 1, 2022.
As previously announced, Myles Frost will make his Broadway debut as Michael Jackson in MJ The Musical. Frost is reprising the role of Ephraim Sykes, who was originally cast for the role.
Quentin Earl Darrington will play Joseph Jackson and Rob. Darrington recently played Agwe in Once on this island, winning a Grammy nomination. Whitney Bashor will play Rachel, with Bashor previously in Madison County Bridges.
Gabriel Ruiz will make his Broadway debut as Alejandro, with Antoine L. Smith as Berry Gordy / Nick, Joey Sorge as Dave, Ayana George as Katherine Jackson, Apollo Levine as Quincy Jones / Tito Jackson, Tavon Olds-Sample as Michael .
the MJ the cast is completed by John Edwards as Jackie Jackson / Ensemble, Lamont Walker II as Jermaine Jackson / Ensemble, Zelig Williams as Marlon Jackson / Ensemble, Raymond Baynard, Kali May Grinder, Oyoyo Joi, Carina-Kay Louchiey, Renni Anthony Magee, Aaron James McKenzie, Aramie Payton, Kamille Upshaw, Ryan VanDenBoom and Darius Wright.
MJ is a new bio-musical inspired by the life and career of Michael Jackson, featuring an original story by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage. Nottage’s new piece, Clyde, will also premiere on Broadway in the upcoming season with Clyde tickets on sale now.
Summary details for MJ to be announced, but the score will include hits by Michael Jackson including “The Earth Song”, “Thriller” and “Bad”.
Christopher Wheeldon to direct and choreograph MJ, with stage design by Derek McLane, with lighting design by Natasha Katz, costume design by Paul Tazewell and sound design by Gareth Owen.
MJ is at the Neil Simon Theater from December 6.
Photo credit: Quentin Earl Darrington, Whitney Bashor and Gabriel Ruiz (Photos courtesy of DKC / O&M)