It will be interesting to see if the Michael Jackson Estate's involvement prevents the show from dealing with some of the more controversial aspects of the pop star's life, such as his 2005 trial and acquittal for charges of child sexual abuse. And soon enough, he'll reach the highest pantheon in a pop singer's life: immortality via a tourist-friendly jukebox musical.
The Michael Jackson Estate and Columbia Live Stage have partnered to develop a musical inspired by the pop icon; the show is expected to bow in NY in 2020. It's unclear what parts of his life will be left out. The project also includes a book written by Lynn Nottage, who has twice won the Pulitzer Prize for drama, and a soundtrack featuring some of Jackson's biggest and best-loved hits. An American in Paris Tony victor Christopher Wheeldon has been tapped to direct and choreograph.More news: 'A historic vote': Senate passes marijuana bill, clearing way for legalization
Producers of the musical announced the project on Tuesday without revealing a title and said they aimed for a premiere in 2020. And as to who will play Jackson, it's safe to say that a long and comprehensive search should be underway.
Wheeldon, a resident choreographer of the New York City Ballet, was the director-choreographer of An American in Paris on Broadway.More news: The Trump Administration Is Separating 65 Children a Day From Their Parents
Jackson died while under propofol, a powerful anesthetic administered by his personal doctor to help him sleep.More news: To prosecute migrants, 'you have to take the children away'