The estate of pop legend Michael Jackson canceled plans for a musical featuring the artist's work to run in Chicago amid new abuse allegations facing the deceased singer.
Jackson's estate and its producing partner told The New York Times that the musical is still planned for a Broadway release in the summer of 2020.
The estate denied that a new documentary detailing the experiences of two men who say they were sexually abused by Jackson during their childhood was the cause of the cancellation, instead citing "scheduling delays" caused by a now-resolved dispute with the Actors’ Equity Association.
The cancellation of "Don't Stop Till You Get Enough" comes three weeks after the premiere of "Leaving Neverland" at the annual Sundance Film Festival, which is said to have shocked critics with disturbing accusations about Jackson.
The singer, who died in 2009, battled allegations of sexual misconduct with underage boys in court before his death, though he was acquitted in 2005. Jackson's estate has criticized the documentary, which it says dredges up old "discredited" allegations.
“This so called ‘documentary’ is just another rehash of dated and discredited allegations,” the estate told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “It’s baffling why any credible filmmaker would involve himself with this project.”
“It took great courage for these two men to tell their stories, and I have no question about their validity,” the documentary's director told the Post-Gazette last month in his own statement. “I believe anyone who watches this film will see and feel the emotional toll on the men and their families and will appreciate the strength it takes to confront long-held secrets.”
"Leaving Neverland" is scheduled to premiere on HBO next month, whereas "Don't Stop Till You Get Enough" is set for another workshop session in New York City later this year before it reportedly goes on Broadway next summer.