“Project Runway” Finalist Esosa Will Design ‘Motown’ Costumes

project-runway-emilio_320Fans of the hit TV series “Project Runway” will want to flock to the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre beginning on March 11 – the first day of previews for Motown: The Musicalbecause Season 7 Finalist ESosa will be the show’s costume designer. Mr. Sosa designed TOPDOG/UNDERDOG (also London and various regional theatres).  Recent Off-Broadway credits include By the Way, Meet Vera Stark (Second Stage); Break of Noon (MCC), also Geffen Playhouse; The Capeman (Delacorte); Juan and John; Father Comes Home from the Wars; Romeo and Juliet; The Story and Radiant Baby (Public Theater); Oroonoko and Ohio State Murders (Theatre for a New Audience); The Misanthrope; All That I Will Ever Be; The Seven and Eyewitness Blues (New York Theatre Workshop) and Trust; Crowns; Birdie Blue and Living Out (Second Stage Theatre).

Cast

Following a nationwide casting search for a young super-talent with an Olympic high tenor singing voice, exceptional dance ability and the range to play multiple roles, Motown founder Berry Gordy has discovered not one, but two, aspiring young men to portray his boyhood counterpart and the roles of young stars Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder. Raymond Luke Jr. and Jibreel Mawry will both make their Broadway debut charting the rise of three entertainment icons.

Bryan Terrell Clark will also make his Broadway debut portraying another groundbreaking Motown artist, Marvin Gaye. Clark is a co-writer on Mary J. Blige’s new album “Irreversible,” and has performed with such music royalty as Gladys Knight and Patti LaBelle.

Tony Award nominee Brandon Victor Dixon (The Color Purple) and Valisia LeKae (The Book of Mormon) will star in the leading roles of Berry Gordy and Diana Ross and Charl Brown (Jersey Boys) will play Smokey Robinson, leading an ensemble cast of 40 featuring Timothy J. Alex, Michael Arnold, Nicholas Christopher, Rebecca E. Covington, Ariana DeBose, Andrea Dora, Preston W. Dugger III, Wilkie Ferguson, Dionne Figgins, Marva Hicks, Tiffany Janene Howard, Sasha Hutchings, Jawan M. Jackson, Lauren Lim Jackson, Morgan James, John Jellison, Crystal Joy, Jamie LaVerdiere, Grasan Kingsberry, Marielys Molina, Sydney Morton, Maurice Murphy, Jarran Muse, Jesse Nager, Milton Craig Nealy, N’Kenge, Dominic Nolfi, Saycon Sengbloh, Ryan Shaw, Jamal Story, Eric LaJuan Summers, Ephraim Sykes, Julius Thomas III, Daniel J. Watts and Donald Webber, Jr.

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.

Production Credits

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

Motown: The Musical will begin previews at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (164 W. 46th St. between Broadway and 8th) on March 11 prior to officially opening on April 14.

Weekly performance schedule: Mondays-Saturdays at 8:00pm, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2:00pm.

Beginning April 16: Tuesdays at 7:00pm, Wednesdays-Fridays at 8:00pm, Wednesdays at 2:00pm, Sundays at 3:00pm

MOTOWN

Featuring all the classic songs you love, Motown: The Musical tells the incredible true story of how Motown founder Berry Gordy became the music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and so many more.

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