London Premiere of MJ the Musical, Starring Tony Winner Myles Frost, Begins March 6 | Playbill

London News London Premiere of MJ the Musical, Starring Tony Winner Myles Frost, Begins March 6

The hit musical plays the Prince Edward Theatre.

Myles Frost in the original Broadway cast of MJ Matthew Murphy

Tony winner Myles Frost, who originated the role of Michael Jackson in the Broadway production of MJ the Musical, reprises that role for London audiences as the hit musical begins previews March 6 at the Prince Edward Theatre prior to an official opening March 27.

Frost made history in 2022, becoming the youngest individual actor to win a Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical. The actor, who made his Broadway debut with MJ, also earned a Theatre World Award for his performance as the late King of Pop.

Frost is joined in the London production by Ashley Zhangazha as Joseph Jackson and Rob, Mitchell Zhangazha as Michael, Philippa Stefani as Rachel, Phebe Edwards as Katherine Jackson and Kate, Matt Mills as Berry Gordy and Nick, Rohan Pinnock-Hamilton as Tito Jackson and Quincy Jones, Matt Gonsalves as Alejandro, Jon Tsouras as Dave, Kieran Alleyne as MJ alternate and standby for Michael, and Kwamé Kandekore as standby for MJ and Michael.

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Jaydon Eastman, Elliot Mugume, Ethan Sokontwe, and Dylan Trigger alternate as Little Michael, and Cristiano Cuino, Sekhani Dumezweni, Khanya Madaka, and Aidan Oti alternate as Little Marlon.

The company also includes Derek Aidoo, Morgan Baulch, Milan Cacacie, Spencer Darlaston-Jones, Hanna Dimtsu, Aden Dzuda, Marie Finlayson, Christopher Gopaul, Kalisha Johnson, Grace Kanyamibwa, Travis Kerry, Dianté Lodge, Simeon Montague, George Ross, Lydia Sterling, Toyan Thomas-Browne, Taylor Walker, Charlotte-Kate Warren, and Tavio Wright.

The musical 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.

Frost said in an earlier statement, “Working with Chris has always been amazing. He is a visionary, and knowing that we’re now going into his stomping ground, I’m ready for that ride! I’m super excited to bring this show to the West End and to make this a magical experience for everybody.”

Wheeldon added, “I am naturally thrilled to have Myles opening the London company with his knockout award-winning performance. Myles embodies the artistic spirit of MJ but allows his own glorious talent to shine through his portrayal. Working closely with Myles to achieve this is in part what has made this show such a success on Broadway.”

Centered around the making of Jackson's 1992 Dangerous World Tour, MJ features such hits as "Billie Jean," "Beat It," "Man in the Mirror," "Thriller," and "Smooth Criminal."

MJ 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, musical supervision by David Holcenberg, and orchestrations by Holcenberg and Jason Michael Webb.

MJ the Musical celebrated its one-year anniversary February 1 at the Neil Simon. The musical began previews December 6, 2021, prior to an official opening February 1, 2022. The Broadway production previously recouped its entire initial investment.

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


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