MJ: The Musical is getting two new additions to its Broadway roster that will move the audience come opening night -- literally. Billboard can reveal that iconic choreography duo Rich and Tone Talauega have joined director and choreographer Christopher Wheeldon for the Michael Jackson-inspired musical.
The Talauega brothers have made their mark within the music industry, creating memorable dances for Jennifer Lopez ("Get Right"), Chris Brown ("Fine China"), Madonna ("4 Minutes," Rebel Heart Tour), and more, even collaborating with Michael Jackson himself. Working with Wheeldon to ensure the musical authentically captures Michael Jackson's movements, the brothers share what it was like working with Jackson, how they're planning to infuse the production with the King of Pop's signature style, and how the musical's star, Myles Frost, compares.
"There are stories that go with each move or nuance of Michael’s style of dance. Stories that he shared with us that have meaning to why he moves. This gives purpose...intent in which in most cases can create a compass for that dancer or performer. Those stories are what we share to help the cast learn his dance style and nuances," the duo tells Billboard.