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MJ The Musical on Broadway Tickets

A Tony®-winning musical that's as unforgettable as the artist himself.
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About MJ The Musical on Broadway

Broadway is startin’ somethin’! MJ The Musical bursts with music and theatricality, honoring the iconic status of the one and only Michael Jackson. Get MJ The Musical tickets on TodayTix.

With astonishing dances, unforgettable songs, and transformative performances, MJ The Musical on Broadway gives audiences an unmissable new look at the life and times of one of history’s greatest entertainers. Hear over 25 of Jackson’s biggest smash hits in MJ The Musical, from “Beat It” to “Thriller” to “Billie Jean”, and see explosive dance routines that earned director/choreographer Christopher Wheeldon his second Best Choreography Tony Award (following An American in Paris).

Plus, get an exclusive peek into Jackson’s creative process, his relentless pursuit of perfection, and the pivotal moments from his career that eventually made him one of the bestselling artists of all time. You won’t want to miss this show New York Theatre Guide described as a “flawless production” and “the platinum standard” of bio-musicals.

Get ready to learn about the man behind the man in the mirror — and jam out to his legendary music — at the spectacle that is MJ The Musical.

Run time

2hr 30min. Incl. 1 intermission.

Start date

December 6th, 2021

Age

Ages 8+. Children under 4 are not permitted.

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3K+ Reviews

DOUG Rob NYC

DOUG Rob NYC

755 Reviews | 421 Followers
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Must see, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if A brilliant musical experience about a musical icon with music that will live forever. An extremely talent cast, lighting & direction. Kudos

Don’t see it if If your prefer a drama then skip this one.

chris_

chris_

295 Reviews | 104 Followers
85
Great singing, Absorbing

See it if Slick jukebox about the troubled psyche of the king of pop with iconic music and fantastic choreography

Don’t see it if Better than most but sucomes to the pitfalls of biopic musicals

Patrick M 4

Patrick M 4

1189 Reviews | 343 Followers
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Ambitious, Great writing, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you appreciate musicals with a good story that weave well-known pop music with excellent choreography, dynamic sound, lighting & costumes.

Don’t see it if you expect the full MJ story - this is a slice of family dynamics, artist creativity and demanding work before much of the controversy.

nancykasz

nancykasz

169 Reviews | 56 Followers
88
Great dancing, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if Enjoyable performance w/ Elijah Rhea Johnson, as well as the two younger actors who played MJ. Especially liked Apollo Levine who seamlessly

Don’t see it if Annoying blocking w/reporter character in the way, when MJ finds his Thriller style & lyrics w/ the famous red jacket. Still worth seeing.

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MJ The Musical on Broadway cast and creative team

By: Lynn Nottage
Songs by: Michael Jackson
Director: Christopher Wheeldon
Producer: Lia Vollack, John Branca and John McClain
Cast list: Elijah Rhea Johnson (as MJ), Tavon Olds-Sample (as Michael), Max Chambers and Jackson Hayes (alternating as Little Michael), Jace Bently (as Little Marlon), Apollo Levine (as Joseph Jackson/Rob), Whitney Bashor (as Rachel), Gabriel Ruiz (as Alejandro), Antoine L. Smith (as Berry Gordy/Nick), Joey Sorge (as Dave), Sasha Allen (as Katherine Jackson), Matthew Frederick Harris (as Quincy Jones/Tito Jackson), John Edwards (as Jackie Jackson), Nick T. Daly (as Jermaine Jackson), Zachary Downer (as Marlon Jackson), Lloyd L. Boyd III (as Randy Jackson)
Design: Derek McLane
Lighting: Natasha Katz
Costume: Paul Tazewell
Choreography: Christopher Wheeldon
Sound: Gareth Owen
Other info: Music direction by Jason Michael Webb, musical supervision by David Holcenberg, orchestrations and arrangements by David Holcenberg and Jason Michael Webb, projection design by Peter Nigrini, hair and wig design by Charles LaPointe, movement consultation by Rich and Tone Talauega

Venue

Neil Simon Theatre

250 West 52nd Street (between Broadway and 8th Avenue), New York, NY, USA, 10019

Accessibility

Wheelchair access

More information about MJ The Musical on Broadway

The MJ Broadway musical is mostly set in a rehearsal studio, where Jackson is preparing for his 1992 Dangerous World Tour. An MTV reporter arrives to interview Jackson for a documentary, and he gradually opens up about his childhood and the moments that shaped his career.

The songs are Jackson’s, of course, and the book is by Lynn Nottage, a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright for her plays Ruined and Sweat. She also received a Tony nomination for MJ.

MJ The Musical uses Jackson’s tunes in creative ways. For example, an adult Jackson reckons with his rocky relationship with his father through the horror-infused “Thriller”. But the choreography is also a major storytelling tool, which sets MJ The Musical apart from a Michael Jackson tribute concert. It’s fitting that the music and dance are equally key in the story of a man inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Dance Hall of Fame (he’s the only music artist in the latter!).

Jackson is also in the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, the Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame — twice. He has 15 Grammy Awards, six Brit Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and 39 Guinness World Records including Most Successful Entertainer of All Time.

What to watch for

  • When you walk into the theatre, look closely at the semi-sheer curtain hanging in front of the stage. Jackson’s handwritten rehearsal notes are projected onto it.
  • Wheeldon choreographed MJ The Musical alongside Rich and Tone Talauega, two of Jackson’s former backup dancers and collaborators. They have since become renowned choreographers for two other Jackson-inspired shows in the U.S. and for pop stars including Madonna, Missy Elliott, and the Backstreet Boys.
  • MJ The Musical creatives Nottage and Wheeldon describe MJ The Musical as an in-depth look at Jackson’s life and creative process, and not just a jukebox musical. “You will leave with a better understanding of who he was as a human being,” Nottage told The New York Times.
  • According to set designer Derek McLane, the show frequently transports audiences “into Michael’s mind — his memories and dreams,” including a flashy streetscape design dotted with neon and fire escapes.
  • Nottage is everywhere on the New York theatre scene. Her new play Clyde’s also premiered on Broadway in 2021, with performances beginning two months before the first performance of MJ The Musical. An opera adaptation of her play Intimate Apparel played at Lincoln Center in January 2022, making her the only person to have a play, musical, and opera in New York at the same time.
  • Jackson was the first artist to have singles in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 in five separate decades — he achieved early success leading the Jackson 5 with his brothers as a child before launching his solo career.

Frequently asked questions

What is MJ The Musical on Broadway about?

Experience the story behind the King of Pop's singular career and greatest hits. The Tony-winning musical offers a deep look into his creative process and all the energy of a Michael Jackson concert, complete with more than 20 of his classic songs and signature dance moves.

Which theatre is MJ The Musical on Broadway at?

MJ The Musical on Broadway is at New York's Neil Simon Theatre.

What is the running time of MJ The Musical on Broadway?

MJ The Musical on Broadway runs for 2hr 30min. Incl. 1 intermission.

What is the age recommendation for MJ The Musical on Broadway?

Ages 8+. Children under 4 are not permitted.

How do you get tickets for MJ The Musical on Broadway?

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How much are tickets for MJ The Musical on Broadway?

MJ The Musical on Broadway tickets start at $92.

Who wrote MJ The Musical?

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage wrote the book for MJ The Musical. All the songs were sung by Michael Jackson, but written by more than 50 artists including Jackson, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, and Berry Gordy.

Who directed and choreographed MJ on Broadway?

Christopher Wheeldon directed and choreographed MJ The Musical. He won a 2023 Tony Award for his choreography, and he's also known for directing and choreographing An American in Paris on Broadway.

Which Michael Jackson songs are in MJ The Musical?

Some of the most famous Michael Jackson songs in the show include "Bad," "Beat It," "Thriller," "Smooth Criminal," and "Billie Jean," alongside multiple Jackson 5 hits. More than 40 songs appear in MJ The Musical.

Is MJ The Musical appropriate for kids?

MJ The Musical is recommended for ages 8 and up. The catchy songs, vibrant visuals, and presence of kids in the cast will make children excited by the show.

Is MJ on Broadway good?

MJ The Musical won four Tony Awards and is a great show for any Michael Jackson fan. Audiences get to experience fresh takes on his greatest hits, learn more about his creative process, and watch spectacular dancing on par with his singing, a fitting tribute to the multitalented King of Pop.

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