L.A.'s Motown Names Its Diana Ross and Berry Gordy

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Julius Thomas III and Allison Semmes will co-star as Berry Gordy and Diana Ross when the hit Broadway musical Motown rolls into the Pantages Theatre April 28.

Charles Randolph-Wright directs Motown, 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 officially opened on Broadway April 14, 2013, and ended its hit run Jan. 18, 2015.

Allison Semmes
Allison Semmes

The musical's national tour launched in April 2014. The six-week Los Angeles engagement runs through June 7.

The tour cast also features Jesse Nager as Smokey Robinson, Jarran Muse as Marvin Gaye, with Leon Outlaw, Jr. and Reed L. Shannon alternating in the roles of young Berry Gordy, young Michael Jackson and young Stevie Wonder.

The ensemble includes Erick Buckley, Patrice Covington, Jamarice Daughtry, Tamar Davis, Lynorris Evans, Melanie Evans, Anissa Felix, Devon Goffman, Jennie Harney, Rod Harrelson, Robert Hartwell, Rodney Earl Jackson, Jr., Trisha Jeffrey, Elijah Ahmad Lewis, Jarvis B. Manning, Jr., Krisha Marcano, Marq Moss, Rashad Naylor, Chadaè Nichol, Ramone Owens, Nicholas Ryan, Jamison Scott, Joey Stone, Doug Storm, Martina Sykes and Galen J. Williams.

Motown also features choreography by Patricia Wilcox and Warren Adams, scenic design by David Korins, costume design by Tony Award nominee ESosa, lighting design by Tony Award winner Natasha Katz, sound design by Tony Award nominee Peter Hylenski, projection design by Daniel Brodie, hair and wig design by Charles LaPointe and casting by Telsey + Company.

Motown The Musical's arrangements and orchestrations are by Grammy and Tony Award nominee Ethan Popp, who also serves as music supervisor with co-orchestrations and additional arrangements by Tony Award nominee Bryan Crook and dance arrangements by Zane Mark.

For more information, visit MotownTheMusical.com.

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