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Newcomers Max Chambers and Jace Bently to join cast of ‘MJ’

They replace original Broadway cast members Walter Russell III and Christian Wilson.

(L-R) Max Chambers and Jace Bently (Credit: Nina Westervelt)

“MJ” has announced new casting for two roles played by young performers. Jace Bently begins performances as Little Marlon on Sept. 5; Max Chambers will join the production as Little Michael beginning Sept. 6. Chambers will alternate the role with current cast member Bane Griffith.

Chambers and Bently will replace original cast members Walter Russell III and Christian Wilson, who each had went on as Little Marlon and Little Michael during their time with the production. Russell and Wilson exited the production on Sept. 3.

Bently will make his Broadway debut with “MJ.” Bently has appeared in the television series “Raising Kanan” and “For Life” as well as the Hallmark Channel movie “Redemption in Cherry Springs.” “MJ” will mark Chambers’ Broadway and professional debut.

“MJ” opened at the Neil Simon Theatre on Feb. 1, 2022. The production features a book by Lynn Nottage with direction and choreography by Christopher Wheeldon.

The bio-musical recounts Michael Jackson’s life and career leading up to his 1992 “Dangerous” world tour.

“MJ” is produced on Broadway by Lia Vollack, John Branca and John McClain.