Michael Jackson Musical Denies Volume Over Abuse Allegations

In an April 2019 interview, a month after HBO released the documentary, Nottage and Wheeldon said they remained committed to the project, but were still processing their reactions to the documentary. Neither said whether they believed Jackson was a child molester, and both said they did not consider deciding that issue their role.

“It’s obviously a challenge — it doesn’t come without complications, of course — but part of what we do as artists is to respond to complexity,” Wheeldon said. He added, “We’re sensitive to what’s going on and we’ll see if it works on the show or not. But the main focus of our show has always been to focus on Michael’s creative process.

Nottage said she aspired to create “a musical that anyone can come to, no matter what they think of Michael Jackson.”

“I see the artwork we make as a way to understand Michael Jackson more deeply and process feelings,” she said, “and that’s ultimately what theater can do.”

When asked about the show’s narrative choices on Tuesday, Rick Miramontez, spokesperson for the musical, noted that Jackson remains “a global cultural icon” and said, “Producers hope the work, performance and narration from the show’s talented Broadway creators, who have collaborated on this production since 2016, will make a valuable contribution to the ongoing examination of the artistry, creativity and music of one of the most controversial artists and most important of the modern era.

The musical, which currently features 37 songs (some performed in their entirety and some as excerpts), alludes to concerns about Jackson’s closeness to children, when one of the singer’s managers asks a other employee “Who the hell is this family he wants to take on tour?

And then, at a press conference, as reporters bombard Jackson with questions about his operations, skin color, etc., one asks “What do you have to say about the recent allegations that you -” without finishing the reflection.