MJ The Musical (Broadway)
Open run 2h 30m
MJ The Musical (Broadway)

MJ The Musical (Broadway) NYC Reviews and Tickets

(1092 Ratings)
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Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Delightful, Absorbing

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

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50 Reviews | 18 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

160 Reviews | 28 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.

64 Reviews | 11 Followers
Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You like to be entertained and like the music of MJ. Excellent show, acting, singing. Very fun time!

Don't see it if You don’t like MJ.

53 Reviews | 8 Followers
Ambitious, Entertaining, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if If you love Michael Jackson music! Great performances by all cast. Music performed exceptionally. You interested in MJ story.

Don't see it if Your not into Musicals or Concert music

57 Reviews | 8 Followers
Must see, Masterful, Intelligent

See it if you want to see the real king of pop take the stage. I swear its MJ up there not Myles Frost. If you love big dance shows and real stories

Don't see it if you don't like stories about real people

115 Reviews | 19 Followers
Great singing, Great acting, Exquisite, Entertaining, Must see

See it if The show was sensational and should win lots of Tony’s. The talent which replicated Michael Jackson’s singing and dancing was awesome.

Don't see it if You aren’t a Michael Jackson fan.

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 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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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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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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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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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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New York Post
February 1st, 2022

"That’s not the fault of Frost, the absurdly talented newcomer who captures Jackson’s voice and physicality well. On the contrary, we feel lucky to be witnessing the birth of a new Broadway star. The same is true of the wonderful Tavon Olds-Sample as “Thriller”-era Michael who, beaming, transports us back to the 1980s, even when the production around the actor does not. As mom Katherine Jackson, Ayana George has the show’s best musical moment when she duets on “I’ll Be There” with her son. All, however, are hobbled by an indecisive script — the documentary plot and backstory are clumsily combined, and the cartoonish characters are straight outta “Scooby-Doo” — and low-energy, unattractive staging."
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