MJ Broadway Musical Welcomes Elijah Rhea Johnson as the New Star - AmNews Curtain Raiser


Tuesday, May 16, 2023

MJ Broadway Musical Welcomes Elijah Rhea Johnson as the New Star


Elijah Rhea Johnson, as MJ:  Photo credit: Matthew Murphy

MJ Broadway Musical Welcomes 

Elijah Rhea Johnson as the New Star

In an exciting development for theater enthusiasts and Michael Jackson fans alike, new production photos from the highly acclaimed Broadway musical, MJ, have been released. The spotlight shines on Elijah Rhea Johnson, the show's latest addition, who takes on the iconic role of Michael Jackson. With a stellar creative team and a captivating storyline, MJ has already garnered critical acclaim and recently won four Tony Awards in 2022, including Best Leading Actor in a Musical and Best Choreography. Let's delve into the captivating history of the MJ Broadway musical and learn more about the talented newcomer, Elijah Rhea Johnson.

Directed and choreographed by the renowned Christopher Wheeldon, a two-time Tony Award winner, MJ mesmerizes audiences with its captivating choreography and heartfelt performances. The book of the musical is written by Lynn Nottage, a two-time Pulitzer Prize® winner known for her masterful storytelling. The combined talents of Wheeldon and Nottage have brought Michael Jackson's extraordinary life and music to the stage, weaving a narrative that celebrates his legacy.

Elijah Rhea Johnson, a Detroit native, is a multi-hyphenate creative force. His journey in the entertainment industry began at the tender age of 9 when he portrayed Young Simba in Disney's "The Lion King" for the Las Vegas and National Touring productions. From there, his star continued to rise as he became a lead performer in the popular children's group "Kidz Bop" and later joined the R&B boy-band "Mindless Behavior" as their lead singer.

Elijah's involvement in the MJ workshops as Middle Michael has come full circle, as he now steps onto the Broadway stage to portray the King of Pop himself, Michael Jackson. Making his Broadway debut in such an iconic role is a dream come true for Elijah, and he expresses his gratitude and excitement for the opportunity. Elijah's versatile talents and dedication to his craft promise an extraordinary portrayal of Michael Jackson's unique persona and unparalleled artistry.

With the unveiling of new production photos featuring Elijah Rhea Johnson as Michael Jackson, the MJ Broadway musical continues to captivate audiences with its dazzling performances and tribute to the legendary King of Pop. Under the direction and choreography of Christopher Wheeldon, and with a compelling book by Lynn Nottage, MJ has earned critical acclaim, including four Tony Awards in 2022. Tickets are available for this must-see Broadway

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