Roman Banks, an actor inspired by the likes of Will Smith and Leslie Odom, Jr., is set to dazzle audiences as he steps into the shoes of the iconic Michael Jackson in “MJ: The Musical”. The show, set to run from August 1 to September 2 at Chicago’s James M. Nederlander Theatre, offers a peek into Jackson’s life and the creation of his 1992 Dangerous World Tour. Banks’ portrayal of the King of Pop is not just about perfecting the dance moves and songs, but also about leading with grace and diligence, both on and off the stage. 🕺
Embracing the Role of MJ
To prepare for this monumental role, Banks immersed himself in all things MJ. He watched Jackson’s music videos, recorded concerts, and award show speeches, and even spoke with people who personally knew the megastar. But for Banks, the opportunity to portray pop music’s greatest entertainer goes beyond just performing his songs or dance moves with precision. It’s about recognizing his responsibility as the show’s lead actor and being a role model for others.
Making Broadway His Playground
Banks likens his journey in Broadway to playing on a previously off-limits playground. Inspired by the musical “Hamilton”, he realized the potential of his career and the importance of making Broadway accessible to others. His goal is to expand the playground and ensure everyone gets a chance to see themselves in this light.
What to Expect from ‘MJ: The Musical’
As for what audiences can expect from “MJ: The Musical”, Banks advises them to come with an open heart. He encourages people to come without preconceived notions and to let the art move them. So, get ready to be thrilled by this exciting journey into the life of the King of Pop.
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