Broadway’s Michael Jackson has finally been announced.
The title role in the upcoming “MJ The Musical” production goes to Tony-nominated star Ephraim Sykes.
Christopher Wheeldon, who is on board as director and choreographer, said in a statement, according to Deadline: “Ephraim Sykes is a bona fide triple threat and dynamic rising star on Broadway. I am honoured to be working with him on this exciting new production.”
The show is set to begin preview performances on July 6, 2020, at the Neil Simon Theatre. The opening night is then expected to take place on August 13.
The Jackson musical, which will feature a number of the late star’s hits, was originally due to debut in a pre-Broadway Chicago run but was cancelled.
Sykes is currently starring in Broadway’s Motown-inspired musical “Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations”. He plays the group’s David Ruffin.