Motown the Musical Will Get September Workshop Prior to Early 2013 Broadway Debut
By Adam Hetrick
The Broadway-bound production of Motown, a new musical tracing the life and career of music mogul Berry Gordy, will get a fall workshop prior to an early winter 2013 Broadway arrival, according to a casting notice.
Charles Randolph-Wright will direct Motown, which will be studded 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.
Gordy, who also authored the book to Motown, is producing the musical along with Tony winner Kevin McCollum (Rent, In the Heights, Avenue Q) and Sony Music CEO Doug Morris. Ethan Popp (Rock of Ages, Glory Days) will serve as musical supervisor.
The creators will hold a Sept. 10-30 developmental lab, prior to a mid-January 2013 start date. Motown is aiming to open on Broadway in mid-March.
A casting search is currently underway for a young actor to portray young versions of Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder, as well as Gordy himself.
The musical promises "a gripping story about the protégés and stars of a uniquely talented musical family who, under Berry Gordy's guidance, began as 'the Sound of Young America' and went on to become some of the greatest superstars of all time."
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