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Chicago Test Run Of Upcoming Michael Jackson Musical Canceled

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CHICAGO (CelebrityAccess) — Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough, a new jukebox musical about the life and work of Michael Jackson, has canceled its planned Chicago run, which had been scheduled for the fall of 2019.

The show, which was directed and choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon, will now head directly to Broadway, where it will debut in the summer of 2020.

Organizers for the show, which is being produced by the Michael Jackson Estate in conjunction with Columbia Stage Live, said the cancellation had nothing to do with the recent airing of a controversial documentary Leaving Neverland at the Sundance Film Festival that included new allegations of sexual abuse of children by the late Michael Jackson.

The Jackson family and estate have long denied the accusations, which were settled out of court years ago.

Instead, organizers said the show had been canceled due to a recent strike halting production development work by the Actors Equity union, protesting frozen pay rates.

While the strike against the Broadway League was quickly settled, a spokesman for Don’t Stop told the Chicago Tribune that it introduced unresolvable delays the development of the musical.

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