A Michael Jackson musical is heading to Broadway!
The Michael Jackson Estate and Columbia Live Stage are developing a stage production based on the late artist’s life. The organizations announced the news on Tuesday.
While the name of the musical has yet to be confirmed, other details are squared away. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage will write the musical and Tony-winning choreographer Christopher Wheeldon will direct and choreograph the show.
The musical is expected to debut in 2020—11 years after the pop star’s tragic death.
This isn’t the first time the Michael Jackson Estate has collaborated on a production inspired by Jackson’s life. In 2013, it worked with Cirque du Soleil to launch Michael Jackson One, which takes place at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.
With the existence of shows such as Thriller Live, Michael Jackson “One” and Michael Jackson’s This Is It, news of a stage musical likely doesn’t come as much of a surprise to fans.
The musical, which is still untitled, will be written by playwright Lynn Nottage, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, and directed and choreographed by Christoper Wheeldon, artistic associate of the Royal Ballet in London. The score will, of course, pull from Jackson’s hits, such as “Thriller,” “Smooth Criminal” and all the other faves.
It also isn’t the first time Jackson has inspired Broadway. In Motown the Musical, actors portray a young Jackson from his early days in the Jackson 5. The musical features a number of the band’s hits, including “ABC” and “I Want You Back.”