“We are neither judges, nor jurors,” say Lynn Nottage and Christopher Wheeldon, the producers of the musical about Michael Jackson. Despite the accusations that weigh on the king of pop following the release of the documentary Leaving Neverland , who accused him of paedophilia, Stop ‘Til You get Enough will be maintained and, therefore, should start in 2020 to Broadway.
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In an interview with the New York Times , Lynn Nottage, winner of the Pulitzer prize, and Christopher Wheeldon, stage director, choreographer, admitted that even if they were troubled by the accusations of pedophilia against Jackson, their project will see the light of day.
Lynn Nottage, the playwright of a Broadway-bound Michael Jackson music, the singer: “Do I believe he was a pedophile? I don’t know that I can say one way or the other” https://t.co/Hu2fwEWQRj
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“I pray that it is not true”
Michael Jackson pedophile? “I don’t think anyone can pronounce with absolute certainty,” says Lynn Nottage “I’m sick to the heart thinking of the possibility that this is true, and I pray that it isn’t, that’s all I can do”.
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During an interview with the Daily Mail in April, Lynn Nottage explained to believe the testimony of Wade Robson and James Safeshuck, two men who accused Michael Jackson of sexual abuse when they were children, and which are at the heart of the documentary Leaving Neverland . “I think that they were telling the truth”, claiming that their accusations seemed to be “very credible”.
The producers emphasize that “their role is to make a balanced project”, and specify that the comedy could address some of the “problematic aspects” of the career of Jackson. “Our main goal is to focus on the artist’s creativity”, said Christophe Wheel
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Prior to the distribution of Leaving Neverland , the producers had decided to cancel the musical, originally scheduled in Chicago. Once upon a one more time , a musical comedy about the footprints very feminist of Britney Spears came to replace that of the king of pop.