Sykes currently stars on Broadway as David Ruffin in Ain't Too Proud - The Life and Times of The Temptations - where he earned his Tony nomination.
MJ director Christopher Wheeldon said on the casting of Sykes:
Ephraim Sykes is a bonafide triple threat, and dynamic rising star on Broadway. I am honored to be working with him on this exciting new production.
MJ The Musical is currently in development at studios in New York City. The new musical will feature a book by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage and a score made up of some of the best-loved, top-selling songs in recording history. Tony Award winner Christopher Wheeldon will direct and choreograph.
MJ is set to open August 13, 2020 at the Neil Simon Theatre. Previews will begin July 6, 2020 with tickets going on sale January 15, 2020. For more information on the show and tickets, click here.