The King of Pop lives on through his discography, bio films, even holograms, and now, Broadway. The Michael Jackson Estate and Columbia Live Stage have unveiled plans for a stage musical, inspired by the life of Michael Jackson. The production, as slated, should be ready for Broadway by the Fall 2020 season.
Playwright Lynn Nottage will pen the book, while Christopher Wheeldon will direct and choreograph the show. Nottage has won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama twice, first in 2009 for Ruined – a play about women in war-torn Congo – and more recently in 2017 for Sweat, which is about residents in Reading, Pennsylvania. The score, predictably, will be inspired by Jackson’s vast catalog of music.
Director and choreographer Chris Wheeldon is best known for his work on the acclaimed adaptation of An American In Paris, which garnered several Tony Awards the year of its production, with Wheeldon picking up a trophy for Best Choreography.
We think Broadway will embrace the musically inspired stage production of Michael Jackson’s life. This will mark a different type of venture on behalf of the Jackson estate, who has directed its efforts to putting up two Cirque du Soleil shows, produced a 3-D rendering of Jackson’s music video “Thriller”, and releasing two posthumous albums (Michael, and Xscape).
The “jukebox musical” of Michael Jackson’s life will join a number of highly successful productions of its kind, like “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical,” “Summer: The Donna Summer Musical”, “Escape to Margaritaville” (which runs through July 1), and the Dylan-inspired “Girl from the North Country”, set to return to NYC’s Public Theater this Fall.