Cast & Creative

Meet the Team:

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Roman Banks

MJ

ROMAN BANKS is an actor and musician best known for his historic run as the first BIPOC actor to portray Evan in Dear Evan Hansen on Broadway. Following the end of his stint in the titular role, Banks went on to guest star as Howie in High School Musical: The Musical: The Series on Disney+, closely followed by his role in TikTok’s first-ever commissioned livestream musical, For You, Paige. Regional: Songs For a New World(Papermill Playhouse). He gives thanks to God, Family, Friends, CAA, & Select Management. In addition to his talent on the stage and on-screen, Banks has cultivated an engaged digital audience across Instagram, TikTok and Twitter@romanwbanks 

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Jamaal Fields-Green

MJ (Alternate)

JAMAAL FIELDS-GREEN (MJ Alternate). Hailing from the vibrant town of New City, New York, is an electrifying talent who has showcased remarkable skills as an actor, singer, director, and writer. This multi-faceted artist graduated with a BFA in Musical Theatre from the prestigious Hartt School in 2018, where he refined his theatrical prowess and began to create a unique identity in the industry.

Currently, he is commanding the stage in MJ the Musical on Broadway, where he skillfully takes on the multifaceted roles of MJ and Middle Michael. His captivating performance and nuanced portrayal of these characters are a testament to his deep understanding of his craft.

One of his crowning achievements was recently clinching the award for the Best Action Short at the highly competitive Indie Short Fest for his impactful short film, “The Inevitable.” This recognition is doubly significant as the same film received a nomination for Best Short Script. This accomplishment highlights his dynamic talent, both in front of the camera and behind the scenes as a skilled writer and director.

This artist’s illustrious career is not confined to the theatre. He brought to life the characters of John Laurens and Philip Hamilton in the Chicago company’s rendition of Hamilton: An American Musical, exhibiting his ability to immerse himself in diverse roles, demonstrating an impressive range.

His talents extend to the small screen as well, with notable appearances on Freeform’s “That Thing About Harry” and “Chicago PD.” These TV credits further solidify his reputation as a versatile artist capable of delivering compelling performances across multiple mediums.

This gifted individual’s remarkable journey and his relentless pursuit of artistic excellence provide a strong foundation for what is sure to be a brilliant, enduring career in the entertainment industry

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Brandon Lee Harris

Michael

BRANDON LEE HARRIS (Michael) is so grateful to be continuing his journey with MJ on the road! He would like to thank God, his family and friends, Berklee, CGF, and MJ for welcoming him to the family! “Make Something Grow.” IG: @brandonharrisofficial

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Josiah Benson

Little Michael

JOSIAH BENSON (Little Michael) is excited to be performing in his first Broadway musical tour and his first role outside of his home state Alabama. Josiah’s previous professional credits include The Little Mermaid Jr. and Madagascar Jr. in which he played Sebastian and The Captain, respectively. Both roles were performed at the historic Virginia Samford Theater in Birmingham, AL. He also appeared in Les Misérables in which he played Gavroche at the Jefferson County Academy of Theater and Dance in Irondale, AL.

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Bane Griffith

Little Michael

An eleven year old triple threat from Houston, Texas, made his Broadway debut on January 31, 2023. Also, his television debut this year on Abbott Elementary, an Emmy award winning sitcom. He’s is ecstatic to join MJ The Musical Tour and to continue honoring the “King of Pop”, Michael Jackson. IG: banegriffith

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Devin Bowles

Joseph Jackson/Rob

DEVIN BOWLES (Joseph Jackson/Rob) is beyond grateful to be making his National Tour debut in MJ. Coming from Tennessee, he has been seen on many stages across the country. Off-Broadway: Kinky Boots. Regional: RENT (Signature Theatre), Five Guys Named Moe (Fulton Theatre), Sister Act, Disney’s Freaky Friday, and many more. Devin is also a Kennedy Center College Theatre Alumni in D.C. and Open Jar Institute Alumni in NYC. Sending his fullest gratitude to the Lord who guides and provides for all, my super hero parents, my loving and supportive friends, and my great team of agents. Let’s keep getting better and create magic! Follow the journey via Insta @devin_bowles

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Mary Kate Moore

Rachel

MARY KATE MOORE (Rachel) is a proud graduate of OCU Bass School of Music. Recent credits include Broadway and New York City Center’s Into the Woods (u/s Baker’s Wife, Cinderella, Little Red, Florinda); National Touring productions of Les Misérables (Fantine), for which she received BroadwayWorld LA Award: Best Featured Actress in a Musical; Fiasco Theater’s Into The Woods (standby Witch/Baker’s Wife/Cinderella); and a Cruising Production of CATS (Grizabella). Regional: Songs For a New World (The Gateway Playhouse), Spring Awakening and The Rocky Horror Show (Lyric Theater of Oklahoma). TV: “The Other Two” (2021). Find her on IG @mkathrynmoore

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J. Daughtry

Berry Gordy/Nick

J. DAUGHTRY (Berry Gordy/Nick) is a Grammy-nominated, Stellar and Dove Award-winning graduate of Bethune Cookman University. He is a Theatrical, Gospel and R&B singer/actor on both stage and screen. From his humble beginnings in Bartow, Florida, his gifts have taken him all over the world singing backup for several R&B and Gospel artists that include the Billboard-charting and Grammy-nominated “Anthony Brown and group therAPy,” Patti LaBelle, and Kirk Franklin. He has appeared on Broadway in shows including Ain’t Too Proud…, The Color Purple, and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. He has toured with shows such as Cirque du Soileil, Motown: The Musical, and Miss Saigon. He has also penned several songs for television and film for the A&E Network. He is blessed to be a part of this legacy and to bring this story to audiences across America!

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Josh A. Dawson

Tito Jackson/Quincy Jones

JOSH A. DAWSON (Tito Jackson/Quincy Jones). BROADWAY: Beautiful -The Carole King Musical. OFF-BROADWAY: CYRANO. NATIONAL TOUR: Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, HAMILTON . REGIONAL: STAGES St. Louis, Paramount Theatre, Dallas Theatre Center. TV/FILM: “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Harry Belafonte). AWKWAFINA IS NORA FROM QUEENS. EDUCATION: CCM and the University of Michigan. KMR/Robyn Bluestone Management. @mrjoshdawsonmusic

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Bryce A. Holmes

Little Marlon

BRYCE A. HOLMES (Little Marlon, u/s Little Michael). Colleyville, Texas resident Bryce Holmes is off to a brilliant and busy start as a young entertainer. Already having been featured in nationwide commercials for Chuck E. Cheese, Nickelodeon, and Casey’s General Store, the 11-year-old actor, singer, and dancer is super excited to join the cast of MJ The Musical national tour. He is also enjoying the success of his national TV series debut as Jacob in the all-new Paramount+ Western, “Lawmen: Bass Reeves.”

Among Bryce’s list of honors are being named an All-Star at the Junior Theater Foundation international competition and Best Promising Vocalist, Best Supporting Actor, and the Presidential Award with The Black Academy of Arts and Letters, as well as the Theater Award at Bransford Elementary from 2nd through 4th grade. Holmes’ school theater productions include Little Mermaids, Jr, Willy Wonka, The Prince and the Pauper, Once Upon a Wolf, and Charlotte’s Web. In addition, his stage work includes roles with Oh Look Performing Arts Center, Starling Performing Arts Center, the Junior Theater Foundation, and The Black Academy of Arts and Letters of Dallas, Texas.

Thankful for his many opportunities, Bryce acknowledges God, his parents, and his twin sister Bailee for his accomplishments and achievements yet to come. He is also grateful for the support of his first theatre teacher, Ms. Wallis, the Telsey Office, Curtis King, and his agent Jill Lord of Broad Talent. IG: @bryceaholmes

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Matt Loehr

Dave

MATT LOEHR (Dave) recently toured in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. Broadway: The Book of Mormon; The Producers; Movin’ Out; Mary Poppins; Evita; Promises, Promises; Elf; Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Fosse.  Other National Tours: CATS, Show Boat, Fosse, and A Chorus Line. Off-Bway: R.R.R.E.D: A Secret Musical (cast recording). World Premieres of The Sting! (Papermill Playhouse) and Idaho! (Las Vegas’s Smith Center). Regional highlights: Something Rotten! (Broadway at Music Circus), Me and My Girl (Maltz Jupiter), Crazy for You (Cape Playhouse), Beautiful (Ogunquit Playhouse) and The Music Man (North Shore Music Theatre).

Matt is also a passionate teacher and has taught at schools across the country, most notably as a guest artist faculty member at the prestigious University of North Carolina School of the Arts- School of Drama. Living my dream and forever grateful for it.

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Da’von T. Moody

Alejandro

DA’VON T. MOODY (Alejandro). Off-Broadway: Man of No Importance. DC Regional credits include: RENT (Benny) at the Signature Theatre, Gun & Powder – World Premier, Grand Hotel, Ain’t Misbehavin’. Olney Theatre: A.D. 16– World Premier (Simeon). Ford’s Theatre: The Wiz, Christmas Carol, Amazing Grace (Mr. Tyler). Constellation Theatre: Aida! (Mereb). ArtsCentric: Hair (Berger); and Dreamgirls (C.C. White).  Film: Once Again for the First Time.

You can find him on IG @d_moo_d to see more.

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Anastasia Talley

Katherine Jackson

ANASTASIA TALLEY (Katherine Jackson). Broadway: MJ the Musical, Girl From The North Country. NYC: Radio City’s Christmas Spectacular. Education: MM (Indiana University’s JSOM), BME (University of Southern MS). Singer/songwriter. Debut single “Hello” available everywhere. www.anastasiatalley.com Instagram: anastasiatalley_

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JoJo Carmichael

Swing/Assistant Dance Captain

JOJO CARMICHAEL (Swing/Assistant Dance Captain). Originally from Dothan, AL, JoJo grew up training in various styles. She is a graduate of Pace University with a BFA in Commercial Dance and a minor in Arts and Entertainment Management. In 2021, JoJo kicked off her professional career performing in the Met Gala. Since then, JoJo has completed two seasons with the Radio City Rockettes, and was part of the original musical, The Devil Wears Prada. She has performed at “The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,” “LIVE with Kelly and Ryan,” and “Mariah Carey: Merry Christmas to All!” JoJo can also be seen in the Hallmark Christmas movie, A Holiday Spectacular. JoJo is beyond excited to be part of the MJ family, and would like to thank God for this opportunity and her family and friends for their endless support!

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Croix DiIenno

Ensemble

CROIX DIIENNO (Ensemble) was raised in Bucks County, PA, where he demonstrated his devotion to the performing arts by participating in local musicals before discovering dance at age 11. His passion started with MJ himself and Hip-Hop movement, expanding his repertoire to Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Tap, and Fosse technique under the mentorship of Scott Jovovich. He received his BFA in Commercial Dance from Pace University, where he studied a range of performing styles with Rhonda Miller, Jess Hendricks, Alexandra Damiani, Dominique Kelly, and Jenn Hamilton, as well as award winning choreographers Josh Bergasse and Mandy Moore. He is a NASM certified personal trainer and previous company soloist with Parsons Dance whose other credits include Pittsburgh CLO’s Grease, Peter Pan, and Oklahoma!

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Kellie Drobnick

Ensemble

KELLIE DROBNICK (Ensemble). Thrilled to be a part of the MJ company! BFA from The Juilliard School. Credits include Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story, Twyla Tharp Dance, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Rockette), Dirty Dancing (national tour). Endless love and gratitude to my family, friends and LW & Co. @kellie_drobnick

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Kyle Dupree

Swing/Dance Captain

KYLE DUPREE (Swing/Dance Captain). On the road again! New Jersey native, yogi, BFA in Dance from the University of the Arts. Broadway: MJ the Musical. National tours: Chicago, Mamma Mia!, and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Love and gratitude to my family, The Price Group, and MJ creatives. @kyle_smile

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Zuri Noelle Ford

Ensemble

ZURI NOELLE FORD (Ensemble). Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Zuri Noelle Ford has invested her life in the study of dance. In 2018, she graduated with honors from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Dance. Her college dance career has included performing works by Crystal Pite, MADBOOTS, Ronald K. Brown, and Paul Taylor. Upon graduation, Ford worked on the new feature film In The Heights as a dancer in the summer of 2019. In December 2019, Zuri made her Broadway debut as “Anybodys” in Ivo van Hove’s revival of West Side Story. She’s incredibly gracious to be doing what she loves most in the world and helping to bring MJ’s iconic story to stages across the country.

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Jahir L. Hipps

Swing

JAHIR L. HIPPS (Swing) is so excited to be out on the road again! Tours: RENT Farewell Tour. Regional: Something Rotten (Florida Studio Theatre), In The Heights (Stages St. Louis), Be More Chill (Playhouse Square.) TV: “Elsbeth” (CBS). Big thanks always to God, Mom, Grandma and the family, Sam, BW, Avalon, and all my friends for their support! IG and TikTok: Jahir.hipps

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Jacobi Kai

Jermaine Jackson/Ensemble

JACOBI KAI (Jermaine Jackson/Ensemble) can’t express how honored he feels to be sharing black excellence across the US in MJ the Musical. Born in a big family from Texas, he’s blessed to continue to make a living chasing his dreams. Recents: 42nd Street and A Chorus Line. He would like to thank God, his beautiful family and MJ for giving him and the cast the space to create. Dreams are only visions to the lives we strive for. Continue to DREAM! Original Music: Jacobi Kai IG: @BryJacobi

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Rajané Katurah

Swing

RAJANÉ KATURAH (Swing) is overjoyed to be on the 1st National Tour of MJ! Broadway: MJ the Musical. Regional credits include: Beauty and the Beast (Ordway Center of Performing Arts); Cinderella (Children’s Theatre Company); A Christmas Carol (Guthrie Theater); Dr. Seuss’ the Lorax (Old Globe), and Thunder Knockin’ On the Door (Ten Thousand Things). Endless gratitude to God, Mom & Dad, my Brownies, Spelman College, The Mine, and my guardian angels Pop-pop & Grandma Peggy! Matthew 17:20 @rajanekaturah | rajanekaturah.com

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Jordan Markus

MJ/Michael Understudy

JORDAN MARKUS (MJ/Michael Understudy). Singer, songwriter, actor, and dancer, Jordan Markus, is so excited to be making his Broadway Tour debut with MJ! He would like to thank his family and friends for all their love and support! IG: jordanmarkus_

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Matteo Marretta

Ensemble

MATTEO MARRETTA (Ensemble). Broadway National Tour debut! Credits: Mamma Mia! (RCCL), The Elf on the Shelf (Tour), Newsies (Regional), and many more. Matteo Is off the wall excited, love to his family and friends. It’s all good! @matteomarretta

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Skye Jackson-Williams

Swing

SKYE JACKSON-WILLIAMS (Swing) is a young Black artist and entrepreneur born and raised in NYC. Apart from dance, she is a stylist and aspiring screenwriter. At only 21 years old, she has worked with many companies and artists including Missy Elliott, Apple, Swarovski, Footlocker, and more. She owns a creative studio called ArtHub NYC which is geared for young artists to create authentic work. Skye had her Broadway debut with MJ and is excited to join the tour!IG: @skyejacksonwilliams

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Jay McKenzie

Jackie Jackson/Ensemble

JAY MCKENZIE (Ensemble). Blessed to be sharing the MJ legacy! New England born and bred. Credits include: Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (B’way), Paradise Square (OBC), Rudy! (Tribeca Film Festival). Love to family & friends. Roster Proud. @mrjaymckenzie

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Kendrick Mitchell

Swing

KENDRICK MITCHELL (Swing, u/s Rob/Joseph Jackson, Nick/Berry Gordy, Tito Jackson/Quincy Jones, Dave) is beyond thrilled to have joined the MJ family! Select Theatre credits: Black in The Wild Party (Short North Stage), Lewis in Almost a Full Moon (The Citadel Theatre), Benny in RENT (The Masquerade Theatre Company), and Fred Gailey in Miracle on 34th St: A Live Musical Radio Play (Stages Repertory Theatre). Select TV credits: “The Blacklist” (NBC), “Dr. Death” (Peacock), and “Law & Order: SVU” (NBC). Kendrick is forever grateful to his phenomenal support system both near and far, including the amazing team at FSE, Jordan, his dad, and the greatest mother in the world. Love ya, Dot! @KendrickMitchellOfficial

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Chelsea Mitchell-Bonsu

Ensemble

CHELSEA MITCHELL-BONSU (Ensemble) is ecstatic to be on the road once again touring with MJ The Musical! BFA: Point Park University. National Tour: CATS (Bombalurina), Mean Girls (Swing). Regional: SOUL: The Stax Musical (Ensemble). Chelsea is immensely grateful to God, her husband, family and The Mine agency for their love and support.

(Jeremiah 29:11, Psalms 37: 4-5) @chelseambonsu

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Zion Mikhail Pradier

Swing

ZION MIKHAIL PRADIER (Swing). Lafayette, Louisiana native. An alumnus of The Ailey School Certificate Program, Zion formerly danced with Complexions Contemporary Ballet and Dallas Black Dance Theatre. I’m so excited to be making my National Tour Debut with MJ The Musical. Thank you God for Your Grace, Protection and Blessing for this opportunity! Thank you to my angel, my mother! Thank you to my loving and supportive family and close friends! Thank you to The Telsey Office! IG: @the_zion_king

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Ayla Stackhouse

Swing

AYLA STACKHOUSE (Swing) is a vocalist, actress, and musician, from Detroit, Michigan. Musical Theatre Credits include The Book of Mormon on Broadway, The Book of Mormon US National Tour and Oz/Nz Tour, Motown the Musical National Tour, and Star of Freedom at Ivoryton Playhouse. Other credits: American Idol-season 13. Mickeys Storybook Adventure-Shanghai Disney. Represented by Firestarter Entertainment. Follow at @AylaStackhouse

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Brion Marquis Watson

Ensemble

BRION MARQUIS WATSON (Ensemble). Originally from Greensboro, NC. Started his training at The Community Theatre of Greensboro and The Pointe! Studio of Dance. Attended the University of Cincinnati (CCM) before transferring to The Ailey School. National Tours: Hamilton (Puerto Rico, San Francisco, and Tour), Wicked (Chistery). Regional: The Muny! TV/ Film: “POSE” (FX). So grateful to have another opportunity to perform. Thanks always to God, my family and friends, and CESD. IG: @brion _marquis

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Charles P. Way

Swing

CHARLES P. WAY (Swing) is beyond thrilled to be joining the first national tour of MJ: The Musical! You may recognize him from the first national tour of Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill: The Musical. Prior, he’s been in ensembles of Escape to Margaritaville at Ogunquit, Catch Me If You Can at The Rev Theater. Charles has has also seen seen performing at BravoCon, and The MET Gala. Other credits include, iLuminate-Artist of Light (New World Stages, Natl. and Intl. Tours). In addition, Charles has toured with several dance companies, where he became an aerialist, universal swing, and assistant show supervisor. Charles spends his time off-stage songwriting and producing original music, as well as short indie films. @charlespway

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Malcolm Miles Young

Ensemble

MALCOLM MILES YOUNG (Ensemble). Born and raised in Northern New Jersey, Malcolm Miles Young made his Broadway debut in 2022 as a swing in Disney’s “The Lion King.” As a dancer and artist, he has worked closely and performed works by Ray Mercer, Shamel Pitts, and Bill T. Jones. He performed in the 2022 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and was a dancer for the Dance Lab NYC Female Choreographers of Color in Ballet cycle.

As a choreographer, his work can be seen in Eric Hart Jr.’s (Love Hart) visual album “hart.fm” and in the upcoming Music For a While directed by Kelvin Phillips. Malcolm obtained his BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2021. He would not be here without the expansive amount of supporting family members and friends he is blessed to call his “village.” To God be the glory forever and always! 1 Corinthians 2:9. @malcolmmyoung

Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson is one of the most beloved entertainers and profoundly influential artists of all time. His electrifying live performances and groundbreaking use of video and fashion continue to inspire today’s performers. To date, Michael has sold more than 1 billion records worldwide and is one of a handful of artists to be inducted twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. His album Thriller is the biggest-selling album of all time, and his Thriller short film is the only music video to be listed on National Film Registry by the Library of Congress. The Guinness Book of World Records recognized him as the Most Successful Entertainer of All Time. New generations of fans continue to discover his artistry making him the #1 streaming catalog artist in the global marketplace. As a compassionate and prolific humanitarian, Michael set a new standard of generosity for other entertainers.

Lynn Nottage

Book

Plays include Sweat (Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Obie Award, Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, Evening Standard Award; Tony, Drama Desk award nominations); Ruined (Pulitzer Prize for Drama, New York Drama Critics Circle, DD, Outer Critics Circle, Lortel, Obie, and Audelco awards for Best Play); Floyd’s (Guthrie); Mlima’s Tale (The Public); By the Way, Meet Vera Stark (Lilly Award, DD nom); Fabulation, or The Re-Education of Undine (Obie Award; DD, Lortel award noms); Crumbs from the Table of Joy; Las Meninas; Mud, River, Stone; Por’knockers; and POOF!; as well as the book for the musical adaption of The Secret Life of Bees (Atlantic). TV: She’s Gotta Have It (writer/producer). Upcoming: MJ, the Michael Jackson musical. PEN/Laura Pels Master Dramatist Award, Doris Duke Artist Award, American Academy of Arts and Letters Award, MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellowship, a Guggenheim Grant, Lucille Lortel Fellowship, Visiting Research Fellowship at Princeton. Associate professor at Columbia. Member of the Dramatists Guild.

Christopher Wheeldon

Director & Choreographer

Christopher trained at The Royal Ballet School and joined The Royal Ballet in 1991. In 1993, he joined New York City Ballet and was promoted to Soloist in 1998. He was named NYCB’s first Resident Choreographer in July 2001. Since then, Mr. Wheeldon has created and staged productions for many of the world’s major ballet companies. In 2007, Mr. Wheeldon founded Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company and was appointed an Associate Artist for Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London. Mr. Wheeldon now serves as Artistic Associate of The Royal Ballet. As Artistic Associate, Mr. Wheeldon has created many works for the company, including the full-length Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and The Winter’s Tale, both of which were co-productions with The National Ballet of Canada. For the Metropolitan Opera, he choreographed Dance of the Hours for Ponchielli’s La Gioconda (2006) and Richard Eyre’s production of Carmen (2012) as well as ballet sequences for the feature film Center Stage (2000) and Sweet Smell of Success on Broadway (2002). Mr. Wheeldon created a special excerpt for the Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics. In April 2016, he was the Artistic Director for the Fashion Forward exhibition in Paris at La Musee Arts et Decoratif. In 2014, Mr. Wheeldon directed and choreographed the musical version of An American in Paris, which had productions in Paris, on Broadway, and in London. 2016 was The Joffrey Ballet’s world premiere of The Nutcracker reimagined by Mr. Wheeldon and he directed and choreographed the gala presentation of Lerner & Loewe’s Brigadoon starring Kelli O’Hara and Patrick Wilson at New York City Center in 2017. In 2018, Mr. Wheeldon staged two pieces in Tokyo: An American in Paris and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland while in 2019, Wheeldon’s The Winter’s Tale was performed by The Bolshoi Ballet. 2019 was also the premiere for Corybantic Games at The Royal Ballet and a re-staged version of Cinderella for the English National Ballet at Royal Albert Hall. Among Mr. Wheeldon’s awards are a Tony Award for Best Choreography for An American in Paris, an Outer Critics Award for Best Choreography and Direction for An American in Paris, the Martin E. Segal Award from Lincoln Center, the American Choreography Award, the Dance Magazine Award, multiple London Critics’ Circle Awards, and the Leìonide Massine Prize for new choreography. Mr. Wheeldon’s productions of Cinderella and The Winter’s Tale won the Benois de la Danse, and he is an Olivier Award winner for his ballets Aeternum for The Royal Ballet and Polyphonia for Morphoses. In 2016, Mr. Wheeldon was named an O.B.E. and was made an Honorary Fellow of American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Christopher is a dual citizen of the United States and the United Kingdom and resides in New York City with his husband, Ross Rayburn, and their dog, Hattie.

David Holcenberg

Musical Supervision, Orchestrations & Arrangements

Drama Desk Award, Tony, Grammy and Outer Critics nomina­tions for his work on MJ. Other Broadway: Groundhog DayMamma Mia!MatildaRockyGhostBye Bye BirdieThe Story of My LifeGood VibrationsSeussicalTitanic and Show Boat. Other credits include The Radio City Summer Spectacular, the U.S. premiere of Ragtime (LA Drama Critics Award), the world premieres of Come Fall in Love (The Old Globe), Newsies (Paper Mill) and Mamma Mia! at the Hollywood Bowl. Matilda and Seussical.

Derek McLane

Scenic Design

Nearly 350 design credits including, Broadway: Moulin Rouge! (Tony Award nomination), A Soldier’s Play (Tony nomination), Burn This, American Son, Parisian Woman, The Price, Beautiful, Fully Committed, Noises Off, Gigi, 33 Variations (Tony Award), China Doll, How to Succeed in Business Without Even Trying, The Heiress, Follies, Anything Goes, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, Million Dollar Quartet, Ragtime, The Pajama Game, I Am My Own Wife. Off-Broadway: Buried Child; Jerry Springer The Opera; Merrily We Roll Along; The Spoils; If I Forget; Love, Love, Love; The Night of the Iguana; Sweet Charity; Into the Woods; Ruined; The Last Five Years. Television: 6 years of the Academy Awards, NBC Musicals: The Sound of Music, Peter Pan, The Wiz and Hairspray. Derek is the Chairman of the Board of The New Group Theatre. Awards: A Tony Award, 2 Emmy Awards, 2 Obie Award, 2 Drama Desk Award, 3 Lucille Lortel Awards, and 2 Art Directors Guild Awards.

Natasha Katz

Lighting Design

Natasha designed the lighting for the Broadway production of An American in Paris directed by Christopher Wheeldon. She is honored to have designed the lighting for many new ballets choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon, including The Winter’s Tale, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and the upcoming Like Water for Chocolate at the Royal Ballet.  Recent Broadway: Springsteen on Broadway, Frozen, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune and Hello, Dolly! She is a TDF Wendy Wasserstein Project Mentor and was recently inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame.

Paul Tazewell

Costume Design

Paul has been designing costumes for Broadway, Regional Theater, Film and Television, Dance, and Opera Productions for close to thirty years. He began his Broadway career with the groundbreaking musical, ‘Bring in Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk, directed by George C. Wolfe. Paul is best known for his work with both of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony Award winning Original Broadway productions of Hamilton, for which he received the Tony Award and In the Heights, both directed by Thomas Kail. Other Broadway credits include Ain’t Too Proud; The Color Purple; Memphis; Caroline, or Change; and Elaine Stritch at Liberty. Paul’s feature film credits include, Harriet directed by Kasi Lemmons and starring Cynthia Erivo, Hamilton directed by Thomas Kail and the anxiously anticipated West Side Story, directed by Steven Spielberg. TV credits include the HBO Original Film The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, starring Oprah Winfrey and Lackawanna Blues, both directed by George C. Wolfe. Paul also designed costumes for “The Wiz! Live,” for which he received an Emmy Award and “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert” featuring John Legend. Both were for NBC. In the United States and across the globe, Paul has designed for such renowned companies as The Metropolitan Opera, The Bolshoi Ballet, The English National Opera, Theatre du Chatelet, The Public Theater, National Theatre UK, The Kennedy Center, The Guthrie Theater, Arena Stage, Houston Grand Opera, San Francisco Opera, The Chicago Lyric Opera and many more. Paul holds an MFA from New York University and a BFA from North Carolina School of the Arts.  He has been privileged instructing students as a guest artist at both New York University and North Carolina School of the Arts. From 2003-2006, he held a faculty position at Carnegie Mellon University. Paul currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.

Gareth Owen

Sound Design

Broadway highlights: BACK TO THE FUTURE, & JULIET (Tony-nom), MJ (Tony-win), BAD CINDERELLA,
DIANA, SUMMER, COME FROM AWAY, BRONX TALE, END OF THE RAINBOW (Tony-nom), A LITTLE NIGHT
MUSIC (Tony-nom).

West End highlights: BACK TO THE FUTURE (Olivier-nom), PRINCE OF EGYPT, COME FROM AWAY
(Olivier-win), BAT OUT OF HELL (Olivier nom), MEMPHIS (Olivier-win), TOP HAT (Olivier-nom), MERRILY WE
ROLL ALONG (Olivier-win).

Peter Nigrini

Projection Design

Peter Nigrini is one of Broadways pioneering projection designers. His work includes Ain’t Too Proud; Beetlejuice; Dear Evan Hansen; The SpongeBob Musical; A Doll’s House, Part 2; and Fela! He also has designed extensively other venues and forms including Here Lies Love; Ground at the Public Theater; Lucia de Lammermoor and Don Giovani for Santa Fe Opera; The Grace Jones Hurricane Tour, Blind Date, and Deep Blue Sea for Bill T, Jones/Arnie Zane Dance; and Real Enemies with Dacey James Argue and Secrete Society at BAM.  He was also a founding member of Nature Theater of Oklahoma.

Charles LaPointe

Hair & Wig Design

Charles is an award-winning Wig and Hair Designer based in New York, who maintains a highly successful career on stages throughout the United States and abroad.  Career Highlights: Numerous Broadway, Touring, American Regional Theatre, West End and International productions including Hamilton (Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylist Guild Award for Los Angeles Company and Netflix Film); Ain’t Too Proud; Beautiful: The Carole King Musical; Beetlejuice; The Cher Show (Drama Desk Award); The Band’s Visit; Anastasia; The Lifespan of a Fact; SpongeBob SquarePants ( Drama Desk Award); The Donna Summer Musical;  Jersey Boys; Motown; Memphis: The Musical; On Your Feet;  A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder; The Color Purple; Doctor Zhivago; Of Mice and Men; Violet; Sideshow; The Elephant Man; After Midnight; Clybourne Park; Newsies; The Mountaintop; Superior Donuts; In the Heights.  Television: “The Wiz Live!” (Emmy Award Nomination); “Jesus Christ Superstar Live!” (Emmy Award Nomination and Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylist Guild Award); “Bluebloods;” “American Crime;” “Maddoff;” “Hairspray;” “In A Man’s World.

Joe Dulude II

Makeup Design

Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End: Wicked, Beetlejuice, SpongeBob SquarePants, Anastasia, Sunday in the Park With George, Torch Song Trilogy, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, and more. Film: Don’ t Look Up, Ghostbusters, Central Intelligence. Television: “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert” (Emmy nomination), “Annie Live!,” “The SpongeBob Musical: Live on Stage!,” “The Gilded Age,” “Castle Rock” season two. IG: @dulude2

Dontee Kiehn

Global Associate Director

Diana: The Musical (Broadway; associate director); An American in Paris (Broadway, London, Paris, Japan; associate director/choreographer); The Addams Family (Broadway, Australia, Brazil; associate choreographer); Next to Normal (Broadway, Japan, Kennedy Center; associate choreographer); Brigadoon and Oklahoma! (Pittsburgh CLO; director); Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (The Muny, directing consultant). Broadway performance credits: 42nd Street, Gypsy (starring Bernadette Peters) and The Addams Family.

Michael Balderrama

Global Associate Choreographer

Choreographer, director, producer, artist, philanthropist, Drama Desk and ACCA award winner. Global supervising choreographer for Hamilton. Part of almost a dozen Broadway shows, both on stage and on the creative side.  Favorite Broadway credits: In The Heights, Movin’ Out, Willie Lopez in Ghost. Choreographed, performed and/or worked with Michael Jackson, Vanessa Williams, Gloria Estefan, Mariah Carey, Andy Blankenbuehler, Christopher Wheeldon, Thomas Kail, Twyla Tharp, Julie Taymor, Lin-Manuel Miranda and more.

JUSTIN PRESCOTT

Dance Supervisor

With a Broadway career of 10 shows, spanning over 12 years, Justin is excited to be sharing his professional knowledge and experiences as Dance Supervisor for the First National Tour of this fabulous production!

Jason Michael Webb

Orchestrations & Arrangements

Special Tony Award recipient and Drama Desk winner, Jason Michael Webb is a director, composer, lyricist, musical director, producer and arranger. From conducting orchestras in Broadway pits to writing and arranging music for a President’s inauguration, Jason has dedicated his life to using music to heal, uplift and encourage. Mr. Webb’s early musical training consisted of formal classical study, playing in small churches and obsessing about pop music. By 21, he had a degree in classical piano, played in the biggest churches in New York City and made his orchestral solo debut with the Queens Symphony. He then went on to become Musical Director of the six-time Grammy Award-winning Brooklyn Tabernacle, for whom Mr. Webb co-wrote and produced four albums for The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, leading to two Stellar Award nominations and a Dove Award win. His arrangement of BTC’s “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” was featured at the 2013 inauguration of President Barack Obama and simultaneously heard by over one billion people worldwide. Mr. Webb is the composer for “The Ms. Pat Show” (BET+) (also produced its theme song, “Grown Ass Woman”) and wrote music/lyrics for Kenny Leon’s production of Much Ado About Nothing, which was filmed for PBS’ “Great Performances” series (Shakespeare in the Park, The Public Theater) (Music Supervisor/Incidental Music). His writing can also be heard on the hit TV series “Empire” (Fox), Netflix film “Juanita” (starring Alfre Woodard), recording projects and original musicals, including the new South African musical “WiLDFLOWER” (currently in development with National Black Theater/Apollo Theater). Mr. Webb received a 2019 Special Tony Award for “outstanding arrangements” in Tarell Alvin McCraney’s breathtaking acapella play Choir Boy (MTC). His work on Choir Boy also earned him a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Original Music. He is also currently nominated for a 2020 Tony Award for “Best Original Score Written for the Theatre” for Tennessee Williams’ The Rose Tattoo (Roundabout). Joining forces with pop music icons Stephen Bray and Harvey Mason, Jr., Mr. Webb served as Executive Music Producer of Respect (MGM), the highly-anticipated 2021 film about the life of Aretha Franklin (starring Jennifer Hudson). Mr. Webb’s directorial debut, a 2021 film of the iconic Jason Robert Brown musical, The Last Five Years, was lauded by The New York Times as “inspiring”, “robust”, and “impressively freed by its physical and creative limitations.” He also served as Musical Director of the gorgeous Tony, Emmy and Grammy-winning 2016 Broadway Revival of The Color Purple, directed by John Doyle and based on the timeless novel by Alice Walker. Upcoming projects include Disney’s upcoming revival of AIDA (Music Supervisor/Arranger), and the eagerly anticipated “Beauty and the Beast” live-action prequel series at Disney+ (Musical Director/Arranger). Other credits include Associate Production Music Supervisor for The Greatest Showman (20th Century Fox); Musical Director and Arranger/Adaptor for Disney’s Frozen: Live at the Hyperion (Anaheim, CA); and Associate Musical Director of Broadway shows including Berry Gordy’s Motown: The Musical, Alan Menken’s Leap of Faith and Jeanine Tesori’s Violet (also Additional Arrangements). Mr. Webb is currently the featured vocalist on the national jingle for Smile Direct Club, and has appeared as a Pianist onstage with Dame Shirley Bassey, Michael Bolton, Cece Winans, and Chaka Khan. He has conducted live and recording orchestras from New York to LA, including internationally acclaimed pianist Lang Lang’s 2016 love letter to NYC, “New York Rhapsody” (PBS), which featured performances by Rufus Wainwright, Regina Spektor and Suzanne Vega.

Victor Simonson

Music Director

Mr. Simonson created the groundbreaking HIPHOPERA, Stomping Grounds that premiered at Glimmerglass Festival in 2017. Many of Victor’s original songs and compositions can be heard on “Victory” (debut self-produced CD, 2008) and his musical arrangements and compositions were featured in the production of Amen Corner, at the Shakespeare Theater in February 2020.  Mr. Simonson also collaborated with Lester Lynch (“On My Journey Now: Spirituals and Hymns”, Pentatone Records). He served as collaborative pianist for Denyce Graves, Angela Brown, Richard Leech, Kate Aldrich and music directed Three Mo’ Tenors.  He toured as Associate Conductor of Oprah Winfrey’s The Color Purple and Memphis The Musical. He studied voice, piano and composition at the Eastman School of Music and was nominated for the Helen Hayes Award for best musical direction (Three Mo’ Divas) in 2007. He is also a candidate for the Masters of Divinity Degree at Wesley Theological Seminary. He has two children, Victoria Grace and Immanuel Justice who are 10 and 7and gives God all the praise for the blessings of faith, family and music! victorsimonson.com.

The Telsey Office
Rachel Hoffman, CSA
Lindsay Levine, CSA

Casting

With offices in both New York and Los Angeles, The Telsey Office casts for theatre, film, television and commercials. The Telsey Office is dedicated to creating safe, equitable and anti-racist spaces through collaboration, artistry, heart, accountability and advocacy.

Shawn Pennington

Production Stage Manager

SHAWN PENNINGTON (Production Stage Manager). Broadway: Wicked, Next to Normal, Sondheim on Sondheim. First National Tours: Come From Away, Bright Star, Fun Home, If/Then, Peter and the Starcatcher, Rock of Ages. Regional: Gypsy (The Muny), Up Here (La Jolla Playhouse). Proud AEA member. Love to Mom & Mark.

Rich + Tone Talauega

Michael Jackson Movement

Legendary choreographers Rich + Tone Talauega have worked with pop music’s biggest names including Madonna, Jennifer Lopez, Usher, Black Eyed Peas and many others, but working with the King of Pop from the mid 90s to now has been the highlight of their career. Starting out as dancers and working their way up to choreographing many of MJ’s projects including the critically acclaimed short film You Rock My World, Rich + Tone Talauega bring a special understanding of the style and movement of Michael Jackson for this spectacular debut on Broadway.

Strange Cranium
Billy Jay Stein
Hiro Iida

Electronic Music Design

Founder of Strange Cranium and Strike Audio. Grammy Award winner for producing and mixing Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. Composer, arranger and music producer for The Radio City Rockettes New York Spectacular. Broadway credits include Caroline or Change; Diana; Tootsie; Mean Girls; The Band’s Visit; Fun Home; Beautiful; Spider-Man; Hairspray; Amélie; Tuck Everlasting; The Rocky Horror Show; and Jekyll & Hyde.

John Miller

Music Coordinator

Over 140 Broadway shows including Mrs. Doubtfire, Ain’ t Too Proud, Tina—The Tina Turner Musical, Oklahoma!, Summer—The Donna Summer Musical, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Waitress and Jersey Boys. Studio musician (bass) for Leonard Cohen, Madonna, Bette Midler, Eric Clapton, Carly Simon, BB King, Portishead, Billy Joel, Bob Dylan and Michael Jackson. johnmillerbass.com

Justin Scholl

Company Manager