Elijah Rhea Johnson
Elijah Rhea Johnson

Elijah Rhea Johnson to Star in MJ on Broadway, Myles Frost to Depart

A new star is set to take on the King of Pop at the Neil Simon Theatre on Broadway. Beginning April 4, 2023, newcomer Elijah Rhea Johnson will take over the role of Michael Jackson in MJ. Originally from Detroit, MI, Johnson returns to MJ after helping to develop the role of Middle Michael throughout the workshop process. Tony Award winner Myles Frost will depart the production on April 2, 2023, after a history-making year and a half in the role.

Director Christopher Wheeldon enthused, “Those of us who worked with Elijah during the developmental workshops knew, when his schedule didn’t allow him to join the original Broadway cast, we hadn’t seen the last of him or his remarkable talent. Though we might have initially seen him as ‘Middle Michael’ it is so clear to me now that adult Michael is who he was born to play. Myles is leaving behind some pretty big loafers to fill, and Elijah is more than ready to wear them.”

In addition to participating in early workshops of MJ, Elijah Rhea Johnson has previously been seen on the road and in Las Vegas as Young Simba in The Lion King, as well as a lead performer in Kidz Bop and in the R&B boy band Mindless Behavior.

Directed and choreographed by two-time Tony Award winner Christopher Wheeldon, with a book written by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage, MJ is the winner of four 2022 Tony Awards, including Best Leading Actor in a Musical (Myles Frost) and Best Choreography (Wheeldon).

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