DONT STOP TIL YOU GET ENOUGH to Premiere in Chicago Prior to 2020 Broadway Opening

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Posted: 1/23/19 at 10:01pm
Broadway has already turned into Hollywood east with all the movies making their way to the stage, may as well throw Vegas in there too.
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Posted: 1/23/19 at 10:04pm

RWPrincess said: "I didn't realize that the Dangerous album was so significant in his body of work. I mean I like the songs on it but certainly a very limited part of his overall work. This reminds me of the This Is It documentary that came out after his death. Hopefully this will be treated a bit differently."

 

I remember, along with a lot of people waiting for the release of this album/cd. It was 1991.

The sexual misconduct issues were starting then. He had parted ways with Quincy Jones so we were wondering how it would sound. Could he have a hit album without Quincy? Rumors of an edgier sound and lyrics were going around. Also his friendship with Ryan White was all over the news.

It was a big change musically for him. That Quincy influence remained but, I think, this and his following recordings proved just how much of a musical genius he was. Unfortunately his personal life became bigger than his music. 

It was a turning point and he put a lot into the music for the cd.

According to that article, the show is about the lead up to the tour. What went into making the cd. I think Nottage could possibly make this quite good.

Also, I liked the rollout of the show. It caught my attention. Loved the bold red. Also, when I downloaded it to share on Facebook, it changed to black and white with a peach color outlining the socks.

 

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Posted: 1/24/19 at 4:34am
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Posted: 1/24/19 at 2:32pm

Oh, the critics would love that.  They would be racing to see who could make the obvious joke first.  

Exactly my point.

I fear there will be a day when no-one is writing new and accessible scores for Broadway because all people want is music they are already familiar with. 

There haven't been enough successful jukebox shows to make that assumption.  Especially the bio musicals.

I know I am being hyperbolic here, but I really worry that all these 'sure things' -- like Summer -- are taking investor money that might have gone to a new musical with a new score.  

Summer was NEVER a sure thing and there's no reason to believe the same investors for that show would be interested in something completely different.  Jukebox musicals and the bio-catalogue shows have been around for decades and musicals with original scores still open every single season and they either run or flop, just like any other show, regardless whether the score is original or not.

Again, a little hyperbole, but these are the types of things that have been playing in LV forever.

Not really.  Those shows usually run 75 minutes (at most) with no intermission and usually don't have a book as dialogue would alienate their target demographic.

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Posted: 1/25/19 at 5:35am

Of all the bio musicals to date, this one peaks my interest most. He is arguably more famous and more controversial than any of the other artists that have been portrayed - and that definitely includes Cher.

The idea of focusing on one time period in his life is inspired compared to what we've seen over the past few decades. I'm rooting for this one based on what I've read thus far.

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Posted: 1/25/19 at 10:12am

Was this a particularly dramatic time of his life? 

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Posted: 1/25/19 at 12:27pm
He performed the NFL halftime show solo (first time that was done I think) in the middle of the tour, he originally didnt want to tour again, and it ended early because he was sick (but really because of the child molestation allegations that came out). Probably not the most dramatic period of his life but it was the transition from the King of Pop that everyone loved to the beginning of his downfall, I would say.
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Posted: 1/25/19 at 3:28pm

This could be amazing if they're willing to make it hard, not a passive love-fest. Imagine MJ emerging as this inscrutable figure of immense charisma and power but deeply guarded and duplicitous, where you're never sure if you can love him, or even trust him, completely.

Like Jesus in Superstar mixed with Eva Peron, all filtered through "Doubt."

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Posted: 1/25/19 at 5:15pm

RippedMan said: "Was this a particularly dramatic time of his life?"

 

Read my post above. It wasn't just the things in the news. He also reportedly wanted more control over his music.

 

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Posted: 1/26/19 at 8:45am

I think after Leaving Neverland airs on HBO this is going to be a hard sell.

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Posted: 1/26/19 at 12:32pm

‘Leaving Neverland’: 5 Shocking Moments From Michael Jackson Sexual Abuse Doc

"Moments before the screening began, festival director John Cooper informed the packed house that health care providers supplied by the state of Utah were standing by to offer counsel for those distressed by the film’s “explicit descriptions of sexual abuse.”

The precaution was not unwarranted. Reed’s film follows two accusers, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, as they describe intense and graphic acts they say Jackson committed against them, as well those they say the pop icon coached them to commit on him.

Robson met Jackson through a dance competition at age 5, and said the sexual abuse began when he was 7. Safechuck was cast in a Pepsi commercial starring Jackson around age 8, and the alleged abuse began after months of close friendship.

Jackson consistently and wholly denied any wrongdoing when alive, saying he would never hurt a child. There were many difficult moments in the nearly four-hour screening. Here are a few that jumped out. (Warning: some of the following descriptions are graphic.)..."

 

Yeah, maybe they should hold off on that Chicago-tryout.



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Posted: 1/26/19 at 12:53pm
Depending on when HBO releases it (theres no set date yet) they could do Chicago but hold off on Broadway. It also depends on if its a Jackson lovefest or a dramatic/accurate depiction of this time in his life.

I cant imagine theres anything new or that shocking in this doc, these people and accusations have been out for decades. Its just that people actually pay attention now with the recent movements in the entertainment industry.
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Posted: 1/26/19 at 3:55pm
It does not have an air date but it will be airing this spring.

This musical has never seemed like a good idea and not it seems even more terrible. I cant imagine them going through with it.
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Posted: 1/26/19 at 10:44pm

I wonder whether they have any cast attached already? I really can't imagine anyone being able to push past awkward parody.

IMHO I see Queenie as being more of a brunette...
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Posted: 1/27/19 at 12:24am
Yeah im curios re:casting. I think theyll go with an unknown. But I wish they had gone the Mamma Mia route for this.
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Posted: 1/27/19 at 3:08am

Lynn Nottage's involvement intrigues me a little, but I can't help but think that a serious theatrical work about Michael Jackson - which would feature both his last major triumph but also his downfall as an American icon (after the Super Bowl show, he never performed in the continental U.S. again) - would conflict with what most theatergoers would want to see. 

I'm not saying it could not be done. But it would be extraordinarily difficult.

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Posted: 1/27/19 at 3:41am
Also, sadly, it seems it could be a drivel-fest Vegas version with his songs and still sell. Look at KONGs numbers.

Not to be cynical, but I sadly agree there is a market on Bway for straight-up Vegas. (Hell, there were people in the 90s and aughts who lined for the old, seedier Vegas.)
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Posted: 1/27/19 at 9:21am

"I cant imagine theres anything new or that shocking in this doc, these people and accusations have been out for decades. Its just that people actually pay attention now with the recent movements in the entertainment industry."

From what I've heard that's not the case. I know someone who was at the screening and he said it left the audience in shock. Everyone knew about R, Kelly for years but it took the Lifetiime doc to get his record label to finally drop him.

My prediction. This show never happens.

‘Leaving Neverland’: Sundance’s Michael Jackson Doc Leaves Audience Shellshocked

Premiere of Dan Reed’s two-part, four-hour exposé — in which two men allege the King of Pop sexually abused them — is a bombshell

https://www.rollingstone.com/movies/movie-features/leaving-neverland-michael-jackson-doc-sundance-784801/

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Posted: 1/27/19 at 11:04am

chewy5000 said: "I wonder whether they have any cast attached already? I really can't imagine anyone being able to push past awkward parody."

According to the Chicago Tribune article, they don't even know how many actors will portray Michael Jackson yet, so I don't think they're down with the casting so far. Honestly, I'm not even a fan of Michael Jackson, but the face he created is just so clear in my mind that I have trouble imagining anyone in this role.

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Posted: 1/27/19 at 6:36pm

ErikJ972 said: ""I cant imagine theres anything new or that shocking in this doc, these people and accusations have been out for decades. Its just that people actually pay attention now with the recent movements in the entertainment industry."

From what I've heard that's not the case. I know someone who was at the screening and he said it left the audience in shock. Everyone knew about R, Kelly for years but it took the Lifetiime doc to get his record label to finally drop him.

My prediction. This show never happens.

?Leaving Neverland’: Sundance’s Michael Jackson Doc Leaves Audience Shellshocked

Premiere of Dan Reed’s two-part, four-hour exposé — in which two men allege the King of Pop sexually abused them — is a bombshell

https://www.rollingstone.com/movies/movie-features/leaving-neverland-michael-jackson-doc-sundance-784801/
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The estate will do it simply to protect his legacy.

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Posted: 1/28/19 at 4:11am
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Posted: 1/28/19 at 7:55am
This show is dead in the water with that documentary on the horizon. I feel bad for Nottage & Wheeldon as theyre wonderful artists and deserve the paycheck, but there is no way this is going to happen. And its not worth it. They can do it in 10 years. Or never. Not every pop star needs their own bio musical. If it does happen, it will be absolutely shrouded in controversy and (rightly) overshadow anything good about the show.
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Posted: 1/28/19 at 8:19am

Posted this on another thread:

The one group of people who could truly stop this musical are the Broadway theatre owners, who could deny it a house. Seems unlikely they would do that without extreme pressure, but they are the true "gatekeepers" of Broadway. Also, if critics pan it and sales are poor in Chicago, that could make the team reevaluate plans.

There's going to be backlash, and protests could either tank the show or help it. But it seems like the MJ Estate is rolling full steam ahead.

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Posted: 2/14/19 at 1:10pm

This show is now skipping its Chicago premiere and headed straight to Broadway next summer. I haven't seen the new documentary about him yet, however Ive heard its done very well and doesn't paint a great picture on Jackson at all. Will be interesting to see if they even move forward with this, especially in a MeToo era. 

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#50
Posted: 2/14/19 at 1:15pm

If Twitter could singlehandedly close The Great Comet, I can't WAIT to see what happens with this.

The HBO Documentary airs on 3/3 and 3/4, 2019.