Tavon Olds-Sample
Tavon Olds-Sample

5 Questions with Tavon Olds-Sample of MJ

Tavon Olds-Sample has starred in MJ on Broadway since the musical’s first performance in December of 2021. Olds-Sample has received much praise for mhis performance in the Tony Award-winning musical at the Neil Simon Theatre, taking on the role of Michael Jackson in his early years of fame.

Tavon Olds-Sample in MJ. Photo by Matthew Murphy.
Tavon Olds-Sample in MJ. Photo by Matthew Murphy.

Rounding out another year in the hit musical, Olds-Sample took some time to answer 5 Questions with Broadway Direct. Find out what Disney Channel movie inspired the young star, which of his Broadway peers he admires, and what NYC spot he thinks has “the best margaritas and vibes.”

1. What inspired you to become an actor?

When I first saw High School Musical in elementary school, I remember always telling myself that I wanted to make people feel the way that movie made me feel: Alive! 

2. Who in your field inspires you?

I’m going to start with my brother Myles Frost. I’ve seen first-hand what hard work, dedication, and passion lead to. Along with just being immensely talented, he continues to inspire me to stay focused and work hard. Also, Casey Likes. Not only does he work hard, he’s insanely talented, and he’s one of the most humble people I know! 

3. What will audiences be most excited about seeing in MJ?

The audience will see Michael’s incredible story as well as the beauty, challenges, and obstacles that go into building a tour. They will see the most jaw-dropping choreography executed flawlessly by the ensemble. Most importantly, they get to take a trip back in time to listen to Michael’s timeless music.

4. If you didn’t need to sleep at night, what would you spend your time doing?

I would probably do my living room concerts. My favorite thing to do is sing Beyoncé or Bruno Mars at the top of my lungs in my apartment.

5. What is your favorite NYC spot?

I’m going to go with The Mean Fiddler; they have the best margaritas and vibes. The music is always on point and you can truly get lost and dance the night away! 

You can catch Tavon Olds-Sample in MJ, now playing at the Neil Simon Theatre.

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