MJ The Musical (Broadway)
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MJ The Musical (Broadway)

MJ The Musical (Broadway) NYC Reviews and Tickets

(3000 Ratings)
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Entertaining, Great singing, Delightful, Great staging, Absorbing

Featuring Michael Jackson's greatest hits and a book by two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Lynn Nottage.

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76 Reviews | 15 Followers
Must see, Great singing, Great acting, Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if You love MJ’s music and interested in his story, just want to have a good time with some good music

Don't see it if You don’t like MJ Read more

121 Reviews | 23 Followers
Clever, Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if You like to see excellent dancing singing staging and Michael Jacksons music. You feel like Michael Jackson is there Great show

Don't see it if You dont like musicals or not into Michael Jackson. A must to see.

61 Reviews | 23 Followers
Masterful, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if you like the music of Michael Jackson and want a show with all the elements of a great show

Don't see it if while I did enjoy how the show put together the plot, don't see if you want a complete and in-depth picture of his entire life

52 Reviews | 10 Followers
The music!!, You’ll dance in your seat!, Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if You loved MJ, as a kid and through his career. This paints an interesting portrait of who he really was.

Don't see it if If you don’t want to hear great music and celebrate MJs amazing catalogue, this isn’t for you.

54 Reviews | 21 Followers
Masterful, Entertaining, Must see, Great staging, Great singing

See it if you are a fan of MJ music, or you want to see a well written bio musical

Don't see it if you do not like loud music (the music is extremely loud at points) Read more

172 Reviews | 31 Followers
Must see, Great singing, Entertaining, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if I don’t consider myself an ‘MJ Fan’ - but my god, this was incredible.

Don't see it if N/A

75 Reviews | 91 Followers
Ambitious, Must see, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You love MJs music, appreciate extremely perfect choreography, and are ready to experience a story of music and the artist that created it.

Don't see it if You are looking for a linear, boring biographical recap of MJs life, because the story is just not being told that way. Read more

64 Reviews | 14 Followers
Entertaining, Great staging, Masterful

See it if you want to see a cast dance their butts off!

Don't see it if you don't care for MJ.

Critic Reviews (23)

The New York Times
February 1st, 2022

"Wheeldon’s choreography — performed by Frost along with a superb if amazingly jacked ensemble — remains compelling longer, offering a three-dimensional version of what most of us have seen only from distant arena seats or in dark videos on depthless screens. (The show’s “Michael Jackson movement” is credited to two additional choreographers, Rich + Tone Talauega.) The stage patterns are far more varied and expressive than in similar musicals, scoring points without words as they deliver the thrills and, following the biomusical road map, pave the way between present and past...In this, “MJ” is trying to have it both ways. It wants to blame everything sad and weird about Jackson on others (especially the press, who are equated with the zombies in “Thriller”) but credit him alone for his every good deed and success. Acknowledgment of the choreographers and songwriters he collaborated with is mostly saved for the program."
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Time Out New York
February 1st, 2022

"The dancers and singers of the ensemble, who double as secondary characters, are first-rate, and Wheeldon gives them a lot to do. Most of the songs are performed as rehearsals or flashbacks, which is to say as full-on production numbers. (Tracks from Jackson’s 1995 album HIStory are cannily placed by Nottage as character moments.) Like Summer and The Cher Show before it, MJ uses three actors to play its central character at different ages. As the 1992 incarnation, Frost carries the bulk of the role, and not only nails Jackson’s signature sound and moves—yes, of course there’s a moonwalk—but also his otherworldly affect: his diffident grandiosity, his mixture of grievance and mischief, his high and breathy way of talking (at once floaty and determined, like Diana Ross’s spoken-word section of “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”)."
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New York Theatre Guide
February 1st, 2022

"Paul Tazewell’s magnificent costume design carries the cast through the MJ timeline seamlessly. A killer set by Derek McLane, amplified by gorgeous lighting by Natasha Katz, gives the show a visual beauty that makes it hard to look away. While Jackson's story is flawed, it’s too complicated for anyone who hasn’t danced in his shoes. MJ The Musical, however, is the perfect salutation to the life of an imperfect but gifted icon."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
February 1st, 2022

"If there is a scientific experiment to discover whether or not a jukebox musical ruins even our greatest playwrights, this is it. Perhaps it would have been better just to let her go free. MJ wants to be a concert so much — freed from narrative, it could just be bop after banger after blockbuster, the Beatlemania of our time, animated by Myles Frost’s uncanny portrait. Every moment when people are speaking instead of singing feels wrong. As a concert, it could simply elide all those inconvenient and tragic elements of the Michael Jackson legacy. So why isn’t it one?"
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February 1st, 2022

"Watching MJ, one easily suspects its top-flight creative team was motivated by the same near-maniacal drive. Aside from the pedestrian framing device, MJ pushes hard and unceasingly to move beyond the just-good-enough nostalgia that can turn even second-rate jukebox productions into crowd pleasers. It succeeds: MJ is a wildly entertaining marvel."
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February 1st, 2022

"In answer to the question of whether it’s possible to separate the art from the artist, “MJ” performs a slick, crotch-grabbing sidestep. Packed with nearly 40 hits from Michael Jackson’s irresistible catalogue, the Broadway production from director and choreographer Christopher Wheeldon is not so much a biomusical as a high-shine and surface-skimming rehabilitation tour for its late subject, flattening rather than reckoning with his complex legacy."
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The Hollywood Reporter
February 1st, 2022

"During a preview I attended, an audience member rose to her feet and waved her hands in the air, as if she had caught the Holy Spirit: an affirmation that to be in Jackson’s presence — even if only through gifted performers — is to experience a spiritual rapture. MJ, like its subject, is captivating and hard to shake. The musical takes audiences through Jackson’s life and catalog with impressive ease, expertly chronicling major milestones."
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The Washington Post
February 2nd, 2022

"That sordid history would not seem to have foretold a jukebox musical devoted to the upside of Jackson’s genius — and certainly not by artists of the caliber of two-time Pulitzer winner Nottage (“Ruined,” “Sweat”) and the celebrated ballet world fixture Wheeldon. The show’s decidedly selective memory may be off-putting to theatergoers appalled by the stories of Jackson’s alleged misdeeds. Nevertheless, the creative team’s painstaking work has resulted in a riveting, adrenaline rush of a show, propelled by remarkable dancing and a mesmerizing central performance by Myles Frost as the sleek, soft-spoken pop megastar."
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