A musical about the music and life of Michael Jackson is coming to Broadway in 2020. Lynn Nottage, a two-time Pulitzer winner, will write the musical and Tony winner Christopher Wheeldon is responsible for the choreography and direction. Jackson’s estate and Columbia Live Stage announced the production today. Many of Jackson’s hit songs will be used in the musical. It will be the second time the music of Michael Jackson was used in stage play because London’s West End presented Thriller Live in 2009.
Khalid had a breakout year in 2017 following the success of his debut album American Teen. He received two Grammy nominations, won a VMA Award for Best New Artist, sold out his Location tour and had a hit single with Alessia Cara. His career took off after he posted his “Location” single to Soundcloud in 2016. He shares the story of how he wrote “Location” during high school and how his friends encouraged him to post it online. The NPR concert is a minimal affair with Khalid and acoustic guitar player Jef Villaluna. Their mini-set includes “Young Dumb & Broke,” “Location” and “Saved.”