ALL-STAR AWARD-WINNING CREATIVE TEAM ANNOUNCED FOR BROADWAY’S “MJ” – FIRST LOOK AT A SCENIC DESIGN SKETCH REVEALED
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, PLEASE
ALL-STAR AWARD-WINNING CREATIVE TEAM
PREVIEW PERFORMANCES WILL BEGIN ON MONDAY, JULY 6TH
AT BROADWAY’S NEIL SIMON THEATRE
OPENING NIGHT IS THURSDAY, AUGUST 13TH AT 6:30 P.M.
TICKETS NOW ON SALE
New York, NY (March 2, 2020) – Lia Vollack Productions and The Michael Jackson Estate announced today the complete creative team for the upcoming World Premiere Broadway musical MJ, and revealed a first look at a scenic design sketch for the show. Preview performances will begin on Monday, July 6th, with Opening Night set for Thursday, August 13th at 6:30 p.m., at the Neil Simon Theatre, New York City.
The creative team will feature Scenic Design by Tony and two-time Emmy Award winner Derek McLane, Lighting Design by six-time Tony Award winner Natasha Katz, Costume Design by Tony and Emmy Award winner Paul Tazewell, Sound Design by two-time Tony Award nominee Gareth Owen, Projection Design by two-time Tony Award nominee Peter Nigrini, and Hair & Wig Design by two-time Emmy Award nominee Charles LaPointe.
The creative team will also feature Musical Supervision by David Holcenberg, Orchestrations and Arrangements by David Holcenberg and Tony Award recipient Jason Michael Webb, and Music Direction by Jason Michael Webb.
Scenic designer McLane revealed, “The majority of the story is set inside a spacious, industrial dance rehearsal studio, but throughout the musical we find ourselves repeatedly transported into Michael’s mind — his memories and his dreams. The alternating between dream sequences and reality gives us the chance to repeatedly surprise the audience.”
A first look at one of Derek McLane’s scenic design sketch for MJ can be downloaded here.
As previously announced, the cast of MJ will be lead by Ephraim Sykes, the Tony® and Grammy Award® nominee who has been cast to star as Michael Jackson, and will be joined by Grammy Award nominee Quentin Earl Darrington, Whitney Bashor, Gabriel Ruiz, Antoine L. Smith, Joey Sorge, Darius Barnes, Raymond Baynard, Coral Dolphin, John Edwards, Ayana George, Kali May Grinder, Apollo Levine, Ryan VanDenBoom, Lamont Walker II, Naomi C. Walley, and Zelig Williams.
MJ will feature a book by two-time Pulitzer Prize® winner Lynn Nottage and a score made up of some of the best-loved, top-selling, and most iconic songs in recording history. Tony Award winner Christopher Wheeldon will direct and choreograph.
Casting is by Telsey + Company/Rachel Hoffman, C.S.A.
Tickets for MJ are now on sale via Ticketmaster.com.
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