Myles Frost in ‘MJ.’ (Photo: Matthew Murphy)
Starting next summer, you’ll have more opportunities to experience MJ, the Michael Jackson musical. A coast-to-coast North American tour will launch at Broadway In Chicago’s James M. Nederlander Theatre on July 15, 2023, and will play in 17 major cities (and more than 60 engagement weeks) in its first season, while MJ continues its Broadway run at the Neil Simon Theatre in New York City.
The musical’s producer, Lia Vollack, commented about today’s announcement, “We are thrilled by the Broadway response to MJ, and that we are already deep in preparations to bring this exhilarating show to Chicago and across the United States. Chicago is a premier theater and music destination, and we are excited to be able to begin this journey in one of the Nederlander Organization’s most beautiful venues.”
The Broadway in Chicago engagement will have its official opening night on July 26, 2023. Additional tour engagements and complete cast will be announced at a later date.
MJ features a book by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage and a score comprised of some of the best-loved, top-selling songs in recording history. Tony Award-winner Christopher Wheeldon will direct and choreograph the tour. The creative team for the tour will be the same as on Broadway.