Ephraim Sykes To Play Michael
It has been announced today by The Michael Jackson Estate and Producer Lia Vollack that Ephraim Sykes will take on the role of Michael in the new Broadway show – ‘MJ the Musical’.
Previously named ‘Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough’, the musical is set for opening at the Simon Theatre in New York on August 13th, but preview performances will be taking place from July 6th.
The show is based on Michael’s career milestones with most emphasis being focused on him during the 80’s and 90’s.
In a recent interview with Essence, Sykes said he was looking forward to playing Michael’s human side.
“I really want to do my best to bring it back down to show how human he truly was,” he said. “Putting those extraordinary circumstances, for better or for worse, so hopefully we can all have a little bit more empathy with him, his downfalls, his demons, his struggles as well.”
Sykes is currently on Broadway playing David Ruffin in ‘Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations’.
Source: Hollywood Reporter, Essence & MJWN