Motown National Tour, Starring Clifton Oliver and Allison Semmes, Begins April 22 in Chicago

By Adam Hetrick
and Andrew Gans
22 Apr 2014

Clifton Oliver
Clifton Oliver

The national tour of Motown The Musical, which stars Clifton Oliver and Allison Semmes as Berry Gordy and Diana Ross, respectively, launches April 22 at Chicago's Oriental Theatre.

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.

The national tour recently extended its Chicago run through Aug. 9.

Motown also features Nicholas Christopher as Smokey Robinson and Jarran Muse as Marvin Gaye. Leon Outlaw, Jr. and Reed L. Shannon portray Berry Gordy's boyhood counterpart and the roles of young stars Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder.



The company also features Erick Buckley, Patrice Covington, Christian Dante White, Jamarice Daughtry, Tamar Davis, Lynorris Evans, Melanie Evans, Devon Goffman, Jennie Harney, Latrisa Harper, Rod Harrelson, Robert Hartwell, Rodney Earl Jackson, Jr., Trisha Jeffrey, Grasan Kingsberry, Elijah Ahmad Lewis, Jarvis Manning, Krisha Marcano, Marq Moss, Rashad Naylor, Chadaè Nichol, Ramone Owens, Nicholas Rowe, Jamison Scott, Douglas Storm, Martina Sykes and Galen Williams.

Oliver has performed in the Broadway productions of The Lion King (Simba), In the Heights (Benny opposite Jordin Sparks) and Wicked (Fiyero). Semmes has been seen on Broadway in Motown the Musical (Florence Ballard) and The Book of Mormon (Nabalungi understudy, swing).

Current tour dates follow:

Chicago, IL, at the Oriental Theatre April 22-Aug. 9
San Francisco, CA, at the Orpheum Theatre Aug. 15-Sept. 28
Detroit, MI, at the Fisher Theatre Oct. 21-Nov. 16
Kansas City, MO, at the Music Hall Dec. 9-14
Minneapolis, MN, at the Orpheum Theatre Dec. 16-28
Durham, NC, at the Durham Performing Arts Center Feb. 17-22, 2015
Ft. Lauderdale, FL, at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts Feb. 24-March 8
Tampa, FL, at the Straz Center for Performing Arts March 17-22
Denver, CO, at the Buell Theatre March 31-April 19
Los Angeles, CA, at the Pantages Theatre April 28-June 7
San Diego, CA, at the Civic Center June 9-14
Costa Mesa, CA, at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts June 16-28
Milwaukee, WI, at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts July 7-12
Memphis, TN, at the Orpheum Theatre July 14-19
Houston, TX, at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts July 21-26
Dallas, TX, at the AT&T Performing Arts Center July 28-August 16
Atlanta, GA, at the Fox Theatre August 18-23
Charlotte, NC, at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center Aug. 25-Sept. 6

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.