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Ephraim Sykes as MJ

Ephraim Sykes to Play Title Role in MJ

Tony Award nominee Ephraim Sykes (Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations) has secured his next leading role in a Broadway musical. Sykes will take on the titular character in the musical biography MJ, playing Michael Jackson in the Broadway-bound jukebox offering that is readying to come to the Great White Way in the summer of 2020.

Beginning previews at Broadway’s Neil Simon Theatre on July 6, 2020 toward an August 13 opening, the musical tells the story of “The King of Pop,” Michael Jackson, from his youth as a member of the Jackson 5 through his meteoric rise as one of the top-selling recording artists the music industry has ever known. Tony Award-winning director-choreographer Christopher Wheeldon will helm the production and stage the choreography.

Mr. Wheeldon stated, “Ephraim Sykes is a bonafide triple threat and dynamic rising star on Broadway. I am honored to be working with him on this exciting new production.”

Ephraim Sykes is currently wowing audiences with his Tony-nominated turn as Motown legend David Ruffin, in the Tony-winning (Best Choreography) musical Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations. A recipient of the Chita Rivera award, Sykes can add Grammy nominee to his resume, which Ain’t Too Proud’s cast album recently garnered. Sykes was last seen on screen as “Seaweed J. Stubbs” in NBC’s “Hairspray Live!” His Broadway credits include Hamilton: An American Musical (OBC), Memphis (OBC), Newsies (OBC), Motown (OBC), and The Little Mermaid.

MJ will feature a book by two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage. The show’s score will mine many of the hits that propelled Michael Jackson to superstardom and made him one of the great movers and shakers of the pop music genre.

Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals, The Disney Song Encyclopedia, and The Encyclopedia of Television Theme Songs. His latest book, Sitcommentary: The Television Comedies That Changed America, released on October 15. He maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.