MJ: The Play

Currently at the Neil Simon Theater on 52nd Street is MJ, The Play, based on the book by Lynn Nottage. The play captures the tortured life of Michael Jackson as he prepared for his 1992 world concert tour. While the focus is on tour preparation, there are flashbacks to Michael’s life and his rise to fame.

Pre-production actors warming up

Themes of his life were explored in the Play through the eyes of MTV staff developing a documentary on his musical art and methods of creativity. His father’s abuse, drug problems, which originated after burns from an ill-fated Pepsi commercial, and other “demons” were mentioned. His drive to perfect the tour even caused him to mortgage his beloved Neverland.

The music and choreography befit a five star production. Story line was strong and recommend a visit to this walk through time with the King of Pop.

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