Source: Playbill – By Adam Hetrick
The casting search, billed as “Makin’ It Motown,” will launch Sept. 13 (11 AM-2 PM) in New York City at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, where the musical opened earlier this year. An additional call is planned for Sept. 14 at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre (11 AM-2 PM), where the national tour of Motown will launch April 22-July 13, 2014.
Producers are seeking “African American men and women, ages 20s-40s, with exceptional voices. Also seeking an African American boy, age 8 to 13, to play young Michael Jackson/Berry Gordy/Stevie Wonder. No prior theatre experience is necessary,” according to a casting notice.
Charles Randolph-Wright directs the musical, which is brimming with songs made famous by Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, Diana Ross and The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Michael Jackson and The Jackson Five. It has a book by Gordy. An original Broadway cast album is currently available.
According to producers, “Motown tells the gripping story behind the hits as Smokey finds his unique voice, Diana skyrockets to stardom and Berry fights against the odds to turn his improbable dream into a triumphant reality. The music that shattered barriers and shaped our lives finally comes to the Broadway stage in the season’s most highly anticipated world-premiere event.”
Gordy produces the musical along with Tony winner Kevin McCollum (Rent, In the Heights, Avenue Q) and Sony Music CEO Doug Morris.
For tickets visit Ticketmaster.com.