Rich + Tone Talauega Join MJ THE MUSICAL Creative Team, Focusing on Michael Jackson Movement

MJ will begin performances on Broadway on December 6, 2021, with an opening night set for Tuesday, February 1, 2021.

By: Aug. 25, 2021
MJ the Musical

MJ Director and Tony Award-winning Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon is introducing a unique part of his creative team - Rich + Tone Talauega, who will focus particularly on Michael Jackson movement. Inspired by the life and art of Michael Jackson, MJ, will begin performances on Broadway on December 6, 2021, with an opening night set for Tuesday, February 1, 2022, at the newly refurbished Neil Simon Theatre (250 W 52nd Street).

Wheeldon commented, "Working with Rich and Tone over the last three years of our developmental process has been exceptional and I am so thrilled to announce them. It has been very exciting to have them as a part of my team as their first-hand knowledge both of Michael's life on tour and movement languages is invaluable and informed the authenticity of our show."

The superstar brothers were discovered by one of Michael Jackson's choreographers as teens. They began their careers as dancers on Michael's HIStory World Tour and went on to dance and choreograph with Michael for years to come. Rich + Tone have worked on several Michael Jackson projects since his passing including choreographing multiple numbers in the two critically acclaimed shows produced by the Estate and Cirque du Soleil, Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour which toured the world for 3+ years and Michael Jackson ONE, a resident show in Las Vegas. Rich + Tone are two of the most sought-after dancers and choreographers in pop music, working with artists raging from Madonna to Missy Elliott to The Backstreet Boys.

As previously announced, Myles Frost will be making his Broadway debut as Michael Jackson. Joining Mr. Frost in the cast are Quentin Earl Darrington as Joseph Jackson / Rob, Whitney Bashor as Rachel, Gabriel Ruiz as Alejandro, Antoine L. Smith as Berry Gordy / Nick, Joey Sorge as Dave, John Edwards as Jackie Jackson / Ensemble, Ayana George as Katherine Jackson, Apollo Levine as Quincy Jones / Tito Jackson, Tavon Olds-Sample as Michael, Lamont Walker II as Jermaine Jackson / Ensemble, Zelig Williams as Marlon Jackson / Ensemble, with Raymond Baynard, Kali May Grinder, Oyoyo Joi, Carina-Kay Louchiey, Renni Anthony Magee, Aaron James McKenzie, Aramie Payton, Kamille Upshaw, Ryan VanDenBoom, and Darius Wright rounding out the ensemble.

MJ features a book by two-time Pulitzer Prize® winner Lynn Nottage and a score made up of some of the best-loved, top-selling songs in recording history. Tony Award winner Christopher Wheeldon will direct and choreograph.

The creative team will feature Scenic Design by Tony and two-time Emmy Award winner Derek McLane, Lighting Design by six-time Tony Award winner Natasha Katz, Costume Design by Tony and Emmy Award winner Paul Tazewell, Sound Design by two-time Tony Award nominee Gareth Owen, Projection Design by two-time Tony Award nominee Peter Nigrini, and Hair & Wig Design by two-time Emmy Award nominee Charles LaPointe.

The creative team will also feature Musical Supervision by David Holcenberg, Orchestrations and Arrangements by David Holcenberg and Tony Award winner Jason Michael Webb, and Music Direction by Jason Michael Webb.

MJ is produced by Lia Vollack Productions and The Michael Jackson Estate.

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