Michael Jackson’s Broadway musical is heading to Chicago

You just “I have to be there.”

That’s what the producers of the critically acclaimed musical “MJ” hope Michael Jackson fans will feel in their hearts when the show hits Chicago next year. “MJ” is scheduled to play at the James M. Nederlander Theater (24 W. Randolph) from July 15 through September 15. 10, 2023, the Broadway show’s first stop. There are currently 17 dates scheduled for the two-year national tour. The cast will be announced later.

Set in 1992, just two days before Jackson embarked on his Dangerous world tour, the jukebox musical – directed and choreographed by Joffrey Ballet’s Tony Award winner Christopher Wheeldon (The Nutcracker), with a book by Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage (“Ruined,” “Sweat”) celebrates Jackson’s music with more than three dozen songs that would define the “King of Pop.”

The show, which currently stars Myles Frost as Jackson, features sets by Tony and two-time Emmy Award winner Derek McLane, lighting design by six-time Emmy Award winner Natasha Katz Tony Award, costumes by Tony and Emmy Award-winning Paul Tazewell, sound design by Gareth Owen, projection design by Peter Nigrini, and hair and wig design by Charles LaPointe.

The musical opened in February on Broadway after several delayed stops and starts last year due to the pandemic closure of all theaters and later COVID-19 breakthrough cases within the company. It was originally slated for its pre-Broadway run in Chicago in 2019, but was canceled following controversy and fallout over the release of the HBO documentary “Leaving Neverland.”

The show is produced by Lia Vollack Productions, the Michael Jackson Estate and Broadway in Chicago (BIC).

Tickets are available now for groups of 10 or more by calling Broadway In Chicago Group Sales at (312) 977-1710 or emailing [email protected] Individual tickets will go on sale later.