New 'Little Michael' Joins 'MJ The Musical' Tonight

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Starting tonight, Corey J will join the cast of MJ, playing “Little Michael.”

Corey J was most recently seen as “Young Simba” in The Lion King on Broadway. Earlier this year, he stepped into the role of “Young Nala” at a moment’s notice and made headlines. He will join Christian Wilson in alternating the role. Walter Russell III, who has been alternating the role of “Little Michael,” will take over the role of “Little Marlon” and will understudy “Little Michael” starting on July 12.   

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COREY J (Little Michael). A triple threat and model, Corey J is thrilled and honored to be stepping into his dream role as Little Michael. Similar to Michael’s beginning, Corey entered and won his first talent competition at only six years old singing “And I Am Telling You.” He recently made Broadway history during his run as “Young Simba,” for filling in as “Young Nala.” Corey would like to thank Telsey, Bespoke, and the casting team of MJ for choosing him; his manager Sherry Kayne, as well as agents Nick Roses and Bonnie Shumofsky Bloom for believing in him; his vocal coach Stephanie Alvarenga, acting coach Sharra Dade, his teachers and dance family at Innervisions, along with the Blackwell family for preparing him and also his Grandmother, family and close friends for continually showing love and support. Corey would also like to give a special thank you to his Lion King family for being his first examples of theater excellence as well as his Mother for her sacrifices, ALWAYS being by his side and teaching him that not even the sky is a limit! I love you Mom! @theoriginal_prince