MJ is handing out commemorative Playbills exclusively during the month of May with illustrations by Nate Giorgio. Featuring four collectible covers of iconic Michael Jackson poses, the Playbills are being distributed to ticketholders in celebration of the musical's 10 Tony nominations.
Giorgio worked with Michael Jackson personally, creating a series of paintings for Jackson to display in his home, a project which launched a long friendship between Giorgio and Jackson.
Inspired by the life and art of the late Michael Jackson, MJ opened at the Neil Simon Theatre February 1, after beginning previews December 6, 2021.
Myles Frost makes his Broadway debut as the King of Pop in the musical, and has earned a Toony nomination for Best Performance by a Leading Actor. The show earned an additional nine nominations for Best Musical, Best Book, Best Scenic Design, Best Costume Design, Best Lighting Design, Best Sound Design, Best Direction, Best Choreography, and Best Orchestrations.
Also in the cast are Quentin Earl Darrington as Joseph Jackson and Rob, Whitney Bashor as Rachel, Gabriel Ruiz as Alejandro, Antoine L. Smith as Berry Gordy and Nick, Joey Sorge as Dave, John Edwards as Jackie Jackson, Ayana George as Katherine Jackson, Apollo Levine as Quincy Jones and Tito Jackson, Tavon Olds-Sample as Michael, Lamont Walker II as Jermaine Jackson, and Zelig Williams as Marlon Jackson. Walter Russell III and Christian Wilson alternate in the role of Little Michael while Devin Trey Campbell plays Little Marlon Jackson.
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.
MJ features sets by Derek McLane, lighting by Natasha Katz, costumes by Paul Tazewell, sound design by Gareth Owen, projection design by Peter Nigrini, and 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.