NEW YORK (AP) – A stage musical about Michael Jackson has pushed its Broadway debut until next year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Preview performances of â€œMJâ€ are now set to begin in March 2021 at the Neil Simon Theatre. The musical – previously called â€œDonâ€™t Stop â€™Til You Get Enoughâ€ – was to start performances in New York City on July 6.
The musical is inspired by Jacksonâ€™s life and music. Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage is writing the book, using Jacksonâ€™s vast catalog of songs. Tony Award winner Christopher Wheeldon will direct and choreograph and Ephraim Sykes will star as Jackson.
Jackson sold millions of records and was a 13-time Grammy winner. In 1983 he became an international icon with the release of â€œThriller,â€ the best-selling album with such hits as â€œBeat Itâ€ and â€œBillie Jean.â€ He died in 2009.
Although an exact date for performances to resume on Broadway has yet to be determined, Broadway producers are now offering refunds and exchanges for tickets purchased for shows through Sept. 6.
Other shows – like an upcoming revival of Neil Simonâ€™s â€œPlaza Suiteâ€ starring Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker – have also pushed their production to next year.
Other shows scheduled to open this spring have abandoned their plans, including â€œHangmenâ€ and a revival of Edward Albeeâ€™s â€œWhoâ€™s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?â€