A stage musical about Michael Jackson will skip making its debut in Chicago and as an alternative open on Broadway in summer season 2020.
Producers mentioned Thursday that “Don’t Stop ’Til You Get Enough” will now not have pre-Broadway performances this fall in Chicago, blaming a current Actors’ Equity Association strike over compensation for developmental labs.
The affiliation, which represents greater than 51,000 actors and stage managers nationwide, countered in an announcement that mentioned it was “extremely disappointing” that the present’s actors and managers realized of the change solely after the producers’ announcement and questioned how the strike, which delayed the present’s growth for a “modest” 12 working days, might so affect the run.
The musical is impressed by Jackson’s life and music. Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage is writing the guide, utilizing Jackson’s huge catalog of songs. Tony Award winner Christopher Wheeldon will direct and choreograph.
Jackson offered hundreds of thousands of information and was a 13-time Grammy winner. In 1983 he grew to become a global icon with the discharge of “Thriller,” the best-selling album of all time with such hits as “Beat It” and “Billie Jean.” He died in 2009.