The Michael Jackson property, co-producers of the upcoming Broadway jukebox musical MJ The Musical, will donate $100,000 to the Broadway Cares/Fairness Fights AIDS’ COVID-19 Emergency Help Fund established yesterday, the Property stated at the moment.
The donation is one-third of the $300,000 donation the Property introduced at the moment, with the opposite recipients being MusiCares and the Las Vegas-based meals financial institution Three Sq..
In a press release, the Property’s co-executors John Branca and John McClain stated, “This virus strikes on the coronary heart of the communities we’re near. We discovered at the moment that the legendary Manu Dibango handed away from the virus. Different performers and help workers in music and on Broadway are sick or have been left with out work and are going through an unsure future. And in Las Vegas, which has been so welcoming to Michael Jackson, your entire metropolis has been shut down leaving hundreds of staff and their households devastated and with out an revenue.”
Dibango, who died yesterday of problems from COVID-19, was the saxophonist and songwriter whose 1972 hit “Soul Makossa” was tailored in 1982 by Jackson for his personal hit “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’.”
MJ The Musical, with Jackson’s songs and a ebook by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage, is ready to start previews at Broadway’s Neil Simon Theatre on Tuesday, July 6, with a gap night time on Thursday, August 13. Nevertheless, Broadway’s schedule has been unsure because the trade shutdown on March 12 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In Vegas, the Cirque du Soleil present Michael Jackson ONE additionally has been suspended.
Broadway’s COVID-19 Emergency Help Fund, administered by The Actors Fund, was introduced yesterday, with greater than 20 producers pledging to match contributions as much as $1 million. Fund organizers have set a $2 million objective by April 12.