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The tour of the Broadway hit will launch in August at Broadway in Chicago’s James M. Nederlander Theatre.

Antoine L. Smith and J. Daughtry Emilio Madrid

The Broadway and touring casts of MJ the Musical recently gathered at the Civilian Hotel in Manhattan.

The celebration, a sendoff for the touring company members as they head to kick off the national tour in Chicago, allowed the actors the chance to meet their Broadway/tour counterparts.

As previously reported, the MJ the Musical tour launches August 1-September 2 at Broadway in Chicago’s James M. Nederlander Theatre. The tour will officially open in Chicago August 9. For tickets and the current tour schedule, visit

Roman Banks, the first BIPOC actor to play the title role in Broadway's Dear Evan Hansen, will play Michael Jackson. He will be joined by Jamaal Fields-Green as the MJ Alternate, Brandon Lee Harris as Michael, Josiah Benson as Little Michael, Ethan Joseph as Little Michael, Devin Bowles as Joseph Jackson/Rob, Mary Kate Moore as Rachel, J. Daughtry as Berry Gordy/Nick, Josh A. Dawson as Tito Jackson/Quincy Jones, Jaylen Lyndon Hunter as Little Marlon, Matt Loehr as Dave, Da’Von Moody as Alejandro, and Anastasia Talley as Katherine Jackson/Kate.

Ensemble members, swings, and understudies include JoJo Carmichael, Croix DiIenno, Kellie Drobnick, Kyle Dupree, Zuri Noelle Ford, Jahir L. Hipps, Bryson Jacobi Jackson, Rajané Katurah, Jordan Markus, Matteo Marretta, Janayé McAlpine, Jay McKenzie, Kendrick Mitchell, Chelsea Mitchell-Bonsu, Zion Pradier, Ayla Stackhouse, Brion Marquis Watson, Charles P. Way, and Malcolm Miles Young.

Check out photos from the event, taken by Emilio Madrid, below.

See the Broadway and Touring Casts of MJ Party at the Civilian Hotel

MJ began previews December 6, 2021, at Broadway's Neil Simon prior to an official opening February 1, 2022. Detroit native Elijah Rhea Johnson stepped into the leading role of Michael Jackson April 4, succeeding Myles Frost, who won a Tony for his performance.

The musical features a book by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage and a score made up of some of the most popular songs in recording history. Tony Award winner Wheeldon directs and choreographs.

MJ also has sets by Derek McLane, lighting by Natasha Katz, costumes by Paul Tazewell, sound design by Gareth Owen, projection design by Peter Nigrini, hair and wig design by Charles LaPointe, music direction by Jason Michael Webb, musical supervision by David Holcenberg, and orchestrations by Holcenberg and Webb. Casting is by Rachel Hoffman of The Telsey Office.

The show took home four Tony Awards in total, including Best Choreography, Best Lighting Design in a Musical, and Best Sound Design in a Musical.

MJ is produced on Broadway and tour by Lia Vollack, John Branca, and John McClain.

Read more about the hit musical in the Playbill Vault.

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