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The World Is Getting a Michael Jackson Musical

It's expected to hit Broadway in 2020
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 19, 2018 11:20 AM CDT
This Feb. 1, 1993, file photo shows pop superstar Michael Jackson performing during the halftime show at the Super Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.   (AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy, file)

(Newser) – The King of Pop is the latest celebrity to get his own Broadway musical. A show inspired by Michael Jackson's life is in the works and expects to hit the Great White Way in 2020, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The biographical musical's score, of course, will be drawn from Jackson's own hits, starting with the Motown he sang as part of the Jackson 5 and going through his solo era, including iconic albums Off the Wall, Thriller, and Bad. The book for the show will be written by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage, while "ballet luminary" and Tony Award winner Christopher Wheeldon will direct and choreograph the show. Jackson's estate is involved in the show, which, Variety notes, means it's unclear whether the more controversial aspects of his life (such as accusations of child sex abuse) will be covered. (Read more Michael Jackson stories.)

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