The producers of Motown: The Musical have announced that Broadway veteran Charl Brown will play the famed Smokey Robinson. He will join the previously announced Tony Award® nominee Brandon Victor Dixon and Valisia LeKae in the leading roles of Berry Gordy and Diana Ross.
Motown: The Musical will open on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatreon April 14, 2013 following preview performances beginning March 11, 2013. Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, Motown: The Musical will feature a book by Berry Gordy and music and lyrics from the legendary Motown catalogue.
Additional casting will be announced.
Brandon Victor Dixon (Berry Gordy). Broadway: The Color Purple; Harpo(Tony Award® Nomination), City Center Encores! Cotton Club Parade w/ Wynton Marsalis; Host, City Center Encores! House of Flowers; Royal, The Lion King Cheetah National Tour; Adult Simba (original). Off-Broadway: The Scottsboro Boys; Haywood Patterson (Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle, and AUDELCO award Nomination) Rent; Tom Collins. Regional: Ray Charles Live!; Ray Charles (Ovation Nomination), Far from Heaven (Raymond Deagan); Columbia University’s 107th Annual Varsity Show, as well as numerous other productions. TV: Quincy Jones’s “America’s Millennium,” ABC’s “One Life to Live;” Darryl(recurring) “Law & Order: Criminal Intent;” Dix (feature) “The Good Wife;” “Clerk” (guest star).
Valisia Le Kae (Diana Ross). A native of Memphis, Tennessee, she has been blessed to grace the Broadway stage in numerous productions such as The Book of Mormon, The Threepenny Opera, 110 in the Shade and Ragtime. Other New York credits include the John Denver musical, Almost Heaven, as well as many readings and workshops. Her portrayal of “Sarah” in the Drury Lane production of Ragtime garnered her a 2010 Joseph Jefferson Award and a Black Theatre Alliance nomination. Other regional credits include Caroline, or Change (“Emmie”), Dreamgirls (“Deena Jones”), Big River (“Alice’s Daughter”), Godspell (“Joanne”) and Little Shop of Horrors (“Chiffon”), for which she was nominated for a Kevin Kline Award. She was featured in the “Live at the Lincoln Center” production of Camelot, which aired on PBS. She has toured throughout the country in All Shook Up (“Lorraine”) and Mamma Mia! (“Lisa”), as well as proudly appearing with the USO. Television credits include “One Life to Live,” “The 60th Annual Tony Awards” and “The View.”
Charl Brown (Smokey Robinson). Broadway: Jersey Boys (Barry Belson) Sister Act (Officer Eddie Souther, TJ, Pablo U/S, Ensemble). Off Broadway: Walmartopia (Pearson/Lawrence). Theater: Jersey Boys (Barry Belson) Palazzo Las Vegas, Hair (Hud) European Tour, Johnny Baseball (Tim Wyatt) ART, Dreamgirls (Curtis Taylor Jr.) SDMT, The Wiz (Scarecrow U/S, Ensemble) La Jolla Playhouse, Ragtime (Coalhouse) Performance Riverside, Six Degrees of Separation (Paul) Long Beach Playhouse, Jesus Christ Superstar (Judas), Chorus Line (Richie) Starlight Theater, Star Wars Trilogy 30 Minutes (Lando Calrissian) Edinburgh Fringe Festival. TV: “America’s Got Talent,” “Macy’s 85th Thanksgiving Parade.”
Motown: The Musical Story
Motown: The Musical is the real story of the one-of-a-kind sound that hit the airwaves in 1959 and changed America forever. This exhilarating show charts Motown Founder Berry Gordy’s incredible journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross and The Supremes, Michael Jackson and The Jackson Five, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, Marvin Gaye and many more.
Motown: The Musical 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.
Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, Motown: The Musical will feature a book by Berry Gordy and music and lyrics from the Motown legendary catalogue. Motown: The Musical‘s creative team will also feature scenic design by David Korins (Bring It On: The Musical, Annie), costume design by Tony Award nominee ESosa (The Gershwins’ Porgy & Bess, Topdog/Underdog), lighting design by Tony Award winner Natasha Katz (Once, Sister Act), sound design by Tony Award nominee Peter Hylenski (Rock of Ages, The Scottsboro Boys) and choreography by Patricia Wilcox (Blues in the Night) and Warren Adams (Toy Story). The 18 piece orchestra will be supervised by Ethan Popp (Rock of Ages) who will reproduce the classic “Sound of Young America” for the Broadway stage.
Motown: The Musical Performance Schedule
The performance schedule will be announced shortly.