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Broadway’s ‘MJ’ recoups

The Michael Jackson bio-musical continues its run at the Neil Simon Theatre.

Tony Award winner Myles Frost as Michael Jackson in Broadway’s “MJ” (Credit: Matthew Murphy)

Producers Lia Vollack, John Branca and John McClain have announced that their Broadway musical “MJ” has recouped. Based on the life of the late Michael Jackson, leading up to his 1992 “Dangerous” world tour, the musical began previews on Dec. 6, 2021, and opened on Feb. 1, 2022.

The initial capitalization amount was $22,500,000, according to a filing by producers with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

As of May 7, “MJ” has grossed $110,035,186.20 since its Broadway run began. In its best week to date (the week ending Jan. 1, 2023), the musical earned $2,223,069 and broke the box office record at the Neil Simon Theatre for the 10th time. The production has consistently played to audiences filled to 90 percent capacity or greater, dipping below that figure only 10 times in its 73-week run.

“MJ” won four Tony Awards in 2022, including Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical for Myles Frost and Best Choreography. Directed and choreographed by Tony winner Christopher Wheeldon, “MJ” features a book written by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage. Elijah Rhea Johnson currently stars as Michael Jackson.

A North American tour is set to launch in August, with a West End production slated for March 2024.