The Michael Jackson musical has changed its title ahead of an expected Broadway run.
Formerly known as “Don’t Stop ‘Till You Get Enough,” the bio-musical has been renamed “MJ.” The production is still aiming to come to Broadway in the summer of 2020, after a cancelled tryout in Chicago and a documentary that detailed Jackson’s alleged sexual abuse of two boys.
“We can confirm that the Michael Jackson musical has a new title. As the show has evolved through its development process, the production felt that “MJ” was a better and stronger choice than relying on the title of any one individual song,” Rick Miramontez, the show’s publicist, said in a statement.
The news of the title change was first reported in Variety.
The musical cancelled its planned Chicago engagement in February, citing an Equity labor strike. However, Equity countered at the time that the musical’s developmental lab was only delayed by 11 days.
The news of the cancellation came out around the release of the documentary “Leaving Neverland,” in which Wade Robson and James Safechuck alleged that they had been sexually abused by Jackson from when they were younger. The Jackson Estate has denied those allegations.
The creative team for the musical includes a book by Lynn Nottage and choreography and direction by Christopher Wheeldon.