Tony-winning MJ star Myles Frost dropped by Today July 5 to talk about his performance in the jukebox bio-musical, now running at Broadway's Neil Simon Theatre.
According to Frost, he was completely self taught in dance before landing the role of the titular King of Pop, a performance that also serves as Frost's Broadway debut.
"A lot of my studying came from YouTube. Things are just so easily accessible in that way." Frost shares that videos of Michael Jackson, Chris Brown, and James Brown are among his dance inspirations. See the full Today segment below.
MJ features a book by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage and a score made up of some of the most popular songs in recording history. Tony winner Christopher Wheeldon directs and choreographs.
Frost stars alongside Quentin Earl Darrington as Joseph Jackson and Rob, Whitney Bashor as Rachel, Gabriel Ruiz as Alejandro, Antoine L. Smith as Berry Gordy and Nick, Joey Sorge as Dave, John Edwards as Jackie Jackson, Ayana George as Katherine Jackson, Apollo Levine as Quincy Jones and Tito Jackson, Tavon Olds-Sample as Michael, Lamont Walker II as Jermaine Jackson, and Zelig Williams as Marlon Jackson.
Corey J and Christian Wilson alternate in the role of Little Michael, while Devin Trey Campbell plays Little Marlon Jackson.
MJ features sets by Derek McLane, lighting by Natasha Katz, costumes by Paul Tazewell, sound design by Gareth Owen, projection design by Peter Nigrini, hair and wig design by Charles LaPointe, music direction by Jason Michael Webb, musical supervision by David Holcenberg, and orchestrations by Holcenberg and Webb. Casting is by Rachel Hoffman of The Telsey Office.
The work was nominated for 10 2022 Tony Awards, and won four, including Best Leading Actor in a Musical for Frost.