Michael Jackson is coming to Broadway.
The legendary singer’s life and music will serve as the inspiration for a new musical written by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage (“Sweat”) and a score featuring some of Jackson’s biggest songs. Tony winner Christopher Wheeldon (“An American in Paris”) will direct and choreograph. The show is expected to premiere on Broadway in 2020.
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Nottage made her Broadway writing debut with the play “Sweat,” which earned her a Pulitzer Prize for Drama and was nominated for three Tony Awards, including Best Play and Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role for Johanna Day and Michelle Wilson.
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Wheeldon, meanwhile, one a Tony Award for choreographing “An American in Paris,” which he also directed. He also choreographed the 2002 musical “Sweet Smell of Success.”
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The musical is the latest in high-profile productions, transforming artists’ lives for the stage following the popular “Beautiful: The Carole King Story,” Tony-nominated “Summer” about Donna Summer and “The Cher Show,” the upcoming variety-style musical set open in December. Opening in previews on June 23 is “Head Over Heels,” a new jukebox musical featuring songs by The Go-Gos.