MJ The Musical.

  • personal time for each of the then Jackson Five. But, as Nottage points
  • out, Michael, a compassionate boy, would carry many of these memories
  • well into adulthood.
  • THE MANY FACES OF MJ
  • InMJ, we get to meet three Michaels. The oldest is the excellent Myles
  • Frost. Frost has Jackson’s moves, voice, and cadence down pat. When he
  • sings, his movements and energy are first-rate; conversely, he is subdued
  • when not performing. Here, too, Lynn Nottage deftly brings out the soft
  • side of Jackson.
  • Tavon Olds-Sample plays the teen Michael, and Christian Wilson plays
  • the young Michael. Under both the direction and choreography of
  • Christopher Wheeldon, all three are superb in their roles. With 37 songs
  • throughout the show, Wheeldon directs the three actors masterfully and
  • the high-energy backup singers and dancers.MJis a first-rate, non-stop
  • whirlwind of great songs and insightful storytelling of Michael Jackson,
  • his family, and the very secretive performer for the two and a half
  • hours.
  • DEALING WITH THE WORLD
  • The show starts with theDangerous Tourin 1992, and when MTV
  • chooses to do a documentary on Jackson. Not sure how this will play
  • out, MTV sends Rachel (Whitney Bashor) to interview the star. Jackson
  • is stand-offish as he does not trust the media. Rumors at this point are
  • swirling on so many levels, some are true, and others are false, yet
  • Jackson never comments either way.
  • We see painkillers Jackson devours due to being burned to do a Pepsi
  • commercial and never fully recovering from that accident. As the
  • musical alternates from when he was a child to his teens and then his
  • later years, the audience puts together pieces of the puzzle about how
  • Michael Jackson became the way he did. Jackson was a kind soul who
  • continually wanted to grow and do so away from his family. Being a
  • dutiful son, he reluctantly did a concert with his brothers rather than
  • capitalize on hisThrilleralbum. Even knowing that Don King
  • promoting the tour would hurt both him and his family financially, he
  • still did it — in excruciating pain.
  • InMJ The Musical, the audience is treated to most of his and The
  • Jackson Five’s best songs: songs like “Beat It,” “Billie Jean,” “I’ll Be
  • There,” “Rock with You,” “Smooth Criminal” and “Thriller” all brought
  • the house down. Derek McClane’s scenic design, Natasha Katz’s
  • lighting, and Paul Tazewell’s costumes were all right on the mark. The
  • most prominent of McClane’s set was to “Smooth Criminal.” It gave a
  • seedy feel to the song and yet had a jazzy feel to it at the same time.
  • Tazewell gave the audience one great Jackson costume after another.
  • Not to be upstaged, Katz gave us the proper in-the-moment lighting
  • throughout the show.
  • For more information and tickets to MJ the Musical, visit
  • mjthemusical.com
  • M J The Musical, Robert Massimi, Google, Behance.com, Word Press, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, Broadway Shows, Nimbus Magazine, New York Lifestyles Magazine, “The Gathering”, “Hamilton”, “Swingtime Canteen”, “The Music Man”, Facebook, Hollywood.

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Drama critic for Nimbus Magazine, Metropolitan Magazine and New York Lifestyles Magazine. Producer, editor and writer.