Broadway's MJ the Musical Welcomes 2 New Cast Members | Playbill

Broadway News Broadway's MJ the Musical Welcomes 2 New Cast Members

The hit musical continues at the Neil Simon Theatre.

Max Chambers and Jace Bently Nina Westervelt

Jace Bently and Max Chambers join the cast of Broadway's MJ the Musical the week of September 5 at the Neil Simon Theatre.

Originally from New Jersey, Bently begins performances September 5 in the role of Little Marlon. Chambers, a Louisiana native, will begin performances September 6, alternating in the role of Little Michael with current cast member Bane Griffith.

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The two young actors, both making their Broadway debuts, replace original cast members Walter Russell III and Christian Wilson, who departed the production September 3.

MJ, which began previews December 6, 2021, prior to an official opening February 1, 2022, features a book by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage and a score made up of some of the most popular songs in recording history. Tony Award winner Christopher Wheeldon directs and choreographs.

Detroit native Elijah Rhea Johnson stepped into the leading role of Michael Jackson in MJ the Musical April 4, marking his own Broadway debut. Johnson, who helped develop the role of Middle Michael throughout the workshop process of MJ, succeeded Myles Frost, who played his final performance April 2. (Frost made history last year, becoming the youngest individual actor to win a Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical.)

The musical also has sets by Derek McLane, lighting by Natasha Katz, costumes by Paul Tazewell, sound design by Gareth Owen, projection design by Peter Nigrini, hair and wig design by Charles LaPointe, music direction by Jason Michael Webb, musical supervision by David Holcenberg, and orchestrations by Holcenberg and Webb. Casting is by Rachel Hoffman of The Telsey Office.

The show took home four 2022 Tony Awards in total, including Best Choreography, Best Lighting Design in a Musical, and Best Sound Design in a Musical.

Read more about the hit musical in the Playbill Vault.

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