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Motown: The Musical – Behind The Scenes

The cast list has been rounded off with the official announcement of all of the main characters including young Michael, Berry, and Stevie who will be played by two fresh faces, both making their Broadway debut, child actors Raymond Luke Jr. and Jibreel Mawry. Congrats to the both of them from!

Motown: The Musical directed by Charles Randolph-Wright will feature many black actors on their way to leading legend status here on BroadwayBlack inlcuding the suave Tony Award nominee Brandon Victor Dixon (The Color Purple, The Scottsboro Boys) as Berry Gordy, the stunning Valisia Lekae (Ragtime, The Book of Mormon) as Diana Ross, A BroadwayBlack favorite (You will soon find out why) Charl Brown as Smokey Robinson, and Bryan Terrell Clark, who was first announced as a member of the Motown ensemble, will be Marvin Gaye.

The Motown ensemble is as follows, Saycon Sengbloh (Fela, Hair, Wicked, The Color Purple), Ephraim Sykes (Memphis, Newsies), Daniel J. Watts (Ghost, The Little Mermaid, Memphis) Morgan James, N’Kenge, Timothy J. Alex, Nicholas Christopher, Rebecca E. Covington, Ariana DeBose, Andrea Dora, Preston W. Dugger III, Wilkie Ferguson, Dionne Figgins, Marva Hicks, Sasha Hutchings, Lauren Lim Jackson, John Jellison, Crystal Joy, Grasan Kingsberry, Marielys Molina, Sydney Morton, Jarran Muse, Jesse Nager, Milton Craig Nealy, Dominic Nolfi, Ryan Shaw, Jamal Story, Eric LaJuan Summers, Julius Thomas III, and Donald Webber, Jr.

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.”

Previews begin March 11th with an official opening April 14th


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Drew Shade is a theatre artist and enthusiast who fosters artistic diversity and excellence for the love of Black theatre artists. He is the Founder/Creative Director of Broadway Black, Off-Book Podcast & The Antonyo Awards. “Have a belief in yourself that is bigger than anyone’s disbelief.” – August Wilson


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