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Walter Russell III is a Harlem, NY native who originated the role of Young Michael Jackson in Broadway's MJ the Musical, and is currently playing Young Marlon. Walter debuted in the first black opera at The MET playing Char’es Baby in Terrence Blanchard’s historic Fire Shut Up In My Bones. Walter is a 2023 GRAMMY Award nominee for his work on the Original Cast Albums in MJ the Musical and Fire Shut Up In My Bones. Previously, Walter performed across the US and Canada as Young Simba in the national tour of Disney’s The Lion King and made his Broadway debut in the role in 2020. His other regional credits include Young Lola in Kinky Boots at the Hollywood Bowl directed by Jerry Mitchell. TV credits: "Gossip Girl" (HBOMax), “That Damn Michael Che” (HBOMax), “The Good Fight” (CBS/Paramount),"Let The Right One In" (Showtime), ABC’s "Disney Family Singalong II," Nickelodeon’s “Lip Sync Battle Shorties” and music videos “Enough!” by Sia and “Sugar” by Sufjan Stephens. Walter has trained with Harlem School of the Arts and National Dance Institute and competes with P.U.S.H dance company. He is represented by Laura Pietropinto and Marianne Leone at Terrific Talent, and David Doan at CESD. @WR3HRLM

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Original Broadway Production, 2022
Little Marlon [Replacement]

Return Engagement [Broadway], 1948

Singers (Boys)

Return Engagement [off-Broadway], 1947
Wilfred Thrush (A Son-in-Law)

MJ the Musical


Original Broadway Production, 2022

Little Michael

Lion King


Minskoff Theatre

Young Simba

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Chicago's Goodman Theatre Presents Bobby Rush's Story In SLIPPIN' THROUGH THE CRACKS, December 8

Chicago's Goodman Theatre presents Bobby Rush's Story-- Slippin' Through the Cracks on December 8th. Get ready for a captivating performance that explores the life and music of blues legend Bobby Rush.

MJ Welcomes New 'Little Michael' and 'Little Marlon' Beginning Tonight

Discover the incredible talent of Little Michael and Little Marlon as they make their debut in the highly acclaimed show 'MJ' tonight. Be part of this unforgettable experience.

MJ on Broadway- A Complete Guide

Looking for all the latest info on one of Broadway's hottest shows? BroadwayWorld has the full scoop on everything that you need to know about MJ on Broadway. Check out all the details below!

Lorna Courtney, Crystal Lucas-Perry, NaTasha Yvette Williams & More Set for BROADWAY CELEBRATES JUNETEENTH

The Broadway League’s Black to Broadway Initiative has revealed the performers for this year’s Broadway Celebrates Juneteenth concert taking place on Sunday, June 18th from 11:00am – 12:30pm (rain or shine).

Terence Blanchard and Latonia Moore Come To Harlem School Of The Arts

Seven-time Grammy Award-winner Terence Blanchard and opera superstar Latonia Moore will pay a visit to the historic Harlem School of the Arts (HSA), the 59-year-old organization founded by another internationally recognized concert soprano, Dorothy Maynor.

Walter Russell III, Cedric Lemar & More to Lead SLIPPIN' THROUGH THE CRACKS Developmental Reading

A developmental reading of Slippin’ Through the Cracks, the new musical about the legendary bluesman, Bobby Rush, will be presented to an invitation-only industry audience in New York City in March. See who is starring!

Young Entertainer Awards To Take Place In-Person For the First Time Since 2019

The 7th annual Young Entertainer Awards will take place on Sunday, December 11, at the Sheraton Universal Hotel in Studio City. It will be the first time the event has been held in person since 2019, before COVID forced most public gatherings to be canceled in Los Angeles.

MJ THE MUSICAL to Welcome New 'Little Michael' Beginning Tonight

Starting tonight, Corey J will join the cast of MJ, playing “Little Michael.” Most recently seen as “Young Simba” in The Lion King on Broadway, Corey made headlines earlier this year when he stepped into the role of “Young Nala” at a moment’s notice.

Wake Up With BWW 3/28: Ariana DeBose Wins Oscar For WEST SIDE STORY, and More!

Today's top stories include our coverage of last night's Oscars! Big winners for the night included Broadway's own Ariana DeBose, who took home the award for her performance in West Side Story! Plus, watch the performance of 'We Don't Talk About Bruno' from Encanto, and more!

Photos: On the Red Carpet for the BETTER NATE THAN EVER! NYC Premiere

Based on the book by Tim Federle, 'Better Nate Than Ever' will premiere on Disney+ on April 1, 2022 and last night, the highly anticipated film had its big premiere in New York City! Go on the red carpet with BroadwayWorld below to see who turned out for the big night!

VIDEO: MJ Stars Walter Russell III & Christian Wilson are On the Rise!

Eight times per week at the Neil Simon Theatre, the company of MJ the musical is bringing crowds to their feet. Two of the show's young actors are certainly starting something, splitting the role of 'Little Michael'- Walter Russell III and Christian Wilson. Watch their interview here. 

Photos: Queen Latifah Poses with the Cast of MJ on Broadway

The company of MJ welcomed a special visitor to the Neil Simon Theatre this week. Check out exclusive photos of Queen Latifah with the cast!

Photos: MJ THE MUSICAL Cast and Creatives Walk the Red Carpet on Opening Night

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 directs and choreographs.

MJ THE MUSICAL Casts Walter Russell III and Christian Wilson as 'Little Michael'

Walter Russell III from Harlem, New York, and Christian Wilson from Norfolk, Virginia, will alternate in the role of “Little Michael' in the upcoming Broadway production of MJ the Musical. Also announced was Devin Trey Campbell from Bronx, New York, who will play the role of “Little Marlon”.

BWW Review: Blanchard's FIRE SHUT UP IN MY BONES Opens Met Season with Fireworks

It’s been a long 18 months since the last opera on the Met’s stage. The Terence Blanchard-Kasi Lemmons FIRE SHUT UP IN MY BONES roared into Lincoln Center to let the audience know what it has been missing.

Sufjan Stevens Debuts 'Sugar' Video

Sufjan Stevens debuts “Sugar,” a new song from his forthcoming eighth studio album The Ascension, today.

Lindsay Pearce, Nikki Blonsky, Laura Leigh Turner & More Join Instagram Live Concert to Benefit The Actors Fund

Rising Talent Magazine is back with Concert #2 to Benefit The Actors Fund! The concert will be taking place throughout the day on Friday, May 15 on Rising Talent Magazine's Instagram LIVE:

VIDEO: Watch All of the Songs from THE DISNEY FAMILY SINGALONG: VOLUME II from Idina Menzel to Katy Perry, Jennifer Hudson, John Legend, Ben Platt & More!

Taking to their living room studios and kitchen stages to sing beloved Disney melodies with the nation were Christina Aguilera, Tituss Burgess, Sabrina Carpenter, Chloe x Halle, Billy Eichner, Hayley Erbert, Josh Gad, Donald Glover, Halsey, Derek Hough, Julianne Hough, Jennifer Hudson, Lang Lang, John Legend, Idina Menzel, Miguel, Keke Palmer, Katy Perry, Ben Platt, Seth Rogen, Anika Noni Rose, Walter Russell III, Shakira, Rebel Wilson and more surprises.

VIDEO: Anika Noni Rose and Chloe x Halle Perform 'Almost There' on THE DISNEY FAMILY SINGALONG: VOLUME II

'The Disney Family Singalong: Volume II' airs tonight, May 10 (7:00-8:00 p.m. EDT). Get a sneak peek at Anika Noni Rose and Chloe x Halle perform 'Almost There' from The Princess and the Frog!

Wake Up With BWW 5/8: Manhattan Concert Productions Announces JEKYLL AND HYDE Directed by Tony Yazbeck, and More!

Today's top stories: MCP will stage Jekyll and Hyde directed by Tony Yazbeck, National Theatre has added additional shows including Coriolanus (starring Tom Hiddleston), A Streetcar Named Desire, and Barber Shop Chronicles, watch Patti LuPone and more in David Mamet's November, and more!


Walter Russell has appeared on Broadway in 2 shows.

Walter Russell has not appeared in the West End

Walter Russell III has appeared on Broadway in 3 shows.

Walter Russell III has not appeared in the West End

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