January 23, 2023 |
Understudies took over the Broadway show “MJ: The Musical” on Saturday — and followers weren’t pleased with their moonwalking on the Neil Simon Theatre.
After forking over $200 apiece for tickets for his or her household, one supply advised us, “It was so disappointing for the solid to be out… having that many understudies didn’t produce a superb present!”
Eight members of the solid had been absent — together with the lead position of Michael Jackson as performed by Myles Frost.
The present’s stand-in, Aramie Payton, has been performing because the King of Pop since Jan. 13 whereas Frost is on trip.
However the different stars of the present are seemingly preventing winter bugs, together with COVID-19, and, “as is customary with Broadway performs and musicals, backstage protocol requires that performers chorus from doing their present if they’ve examined optimistic for COVID,” a spokesperson advised Web page Six.
The rep confirmed that “there have been a variety of circumstances at ‘MJ’ just lately,” however stated it didn’t cease the solid from placing forth their greatest effort.
“Our extraordinary understudies are skilled to carry out at a second’s discover, if crucial. Understudies rehearse rigorously and assist present audiences with the efficiency they paid to see,” the spokesperson additional defined.
One other Broadway insider additionally advised us that this isn’t simply taking place at “MJ.”
Sadly, “that is the time of yr when performers get sick. ‘MJ’ is brutal on the physique as a result of it’s so dance-driven… and, in fact, well being backstage has taken on an added seriousness with COVID,” they stated.
Actually, exhibits have employed much more understudies “to ensure there’s protection to do the exhibits. The casts have gotten greater,” the insider added.
The present continues to be successful on Broadway both manner. “Greater than 500,000 individuals have felt the fun,” the present boasts on its Instagram web page. “In 2023, we’re on our street to surpass 1 mill,” producers posted.