Broadway’s ‘MJ’ takes box office hit after Tony Awards | entertainment news

MARK KENNEDY, AP Entertainment Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — “MJ,” the hit-filled Broadway musical about the King of Pop, has been a huge success at the box office after winning four Tony Awards and garnering valuable exposure to millions during its electric television broadcast.

The Michael Jackson Show may have succumbed to the best new musical crown to “The Weird Loop,” but it won the Best Actor Music Award for Miles Frost and grossed $1,661,000 within a week of Tony. This is the biggest box office jump on Broadway last week and a new high for the show.

“One of the benefits of being able to be nominated for a Tony is that you have the opportunity to perform at the Tony and introduce our show to so many people who are avid theatergoers,” said Leah Vollak, Lead Producer.

Another show to bounce back after Tony was The Strange Loop, which grossed $845,313 in the week ending June 19, up $168,998 from the previous week and a new high for the show.

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Other musicals have shown more modest success, such as Six and Paradise Square, with a stunning performance by top actress in the musical Joaquina Calukango.

“MJ” is set during Jackson’s preparations for the 1992 Dangerous tour and flashes back to explore his youth, with songs such as “ABC”, “Black or White”, “Blame it on the Boogie”, ” Bad, Billy. Gene”, “From the Wall” and “Thriller”. It also won the Tony Christopher Wheeldon Award for Best Choreography.

“MJ” is planning a nationwide tour starting in Chicago in July 2023 with a stop in Charlotte, North Carolina in September of that year. Wollack spoke from London, leading to speculation that the West End production might be edited. On Broadway, the show has been sold out ever since Tonys and pre-sales are said to be on the rise.

Since “MJ” is not a stellar vehicle, Wollak hopes he can find someone as talented as Frost to lead other companies. “I really think there are amazing talents in the world and we look forward to finding people for years to come and in different companies who hopefully fill this role,” she said.

On June 12, the Tony Awards were watched by 4.22 million viewers, making a comeback for Broadway after last year’s September show, which was watched by 2.75 million people. Many were amazed on Twitter to see Frost moonwalk during his performance of “Smooth Criminal”.

Wollak has been generous in her Tony wins, saying that “any show that managed to do this past season really deserves a Tony.”

“I was so proud to be a part of this season and be part of this community because this community is so resilient, dedicated and willing to create,” said Wollak, whose other Broadway credits include Shuffle, Tootsie and the upcoming Almost Famous. .

Tony’s telecast usually results in higher box office receipts the following week, but that’s definitely not the case for The Music Man, which lost $1,631,334. Star Hugh Jackman did not perform due to re-infection with COVID-19.

Mark Kennedy at http://twitter.com/KennedyTwits

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