Broadway's Motown Names Its Next Berry Gordy

By Philippe Bowgen
02 Jun 2014

Josh Tower
Josh Tower

Josh Tower (The Lion King, Ragtime) will take over the role of Berry Gordy in Broadway's Motown The Musical June 17, producers announced June 2. Tower succeeds current cast member and Tony nominee Brandon Victor Dixon, who will take his final bow June 15.

The current Broadway company of Motown also includes Krystal Joy Brown (Diana Ross), Charl Brown (Smokey Robinson), Bryan Terrell Clark (Marvin Gaye), Timothy J. Alex, Gerald Avery, Dwayne Cooper, Rebecca E. Covington, Darius Crenshaw, Dionne Figgins, Marva Hicks, Afra Hines, Tiffany Janene Howard, Dana Marie Ingraham, Jawan M. Jackson, Marcus Paul James, John Jellison, David Josefsberg, Crystal Joy, Aaron Kaburick, Mykal Kilgore, Raymond Luke, Jr., Prince George Maynard, Tracy McDowell, Jevon McFerrin, Moeisha McGill, Raven McRae, Jesse Nager, Milton Craig Nealy, Dominic Nolfi, Angela Wildflower Polk, Ryan Shaw, Jaquez André Sims, Sabrina Sloan, Eric LaJuan Summers, Ephraim Sykes, Julius Thomas III, Rickey Tripp, Nik Walker, Lisa Nicole Wilkerson and Dashaun Young.

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. Read the reviews here.

Berry Gordy, who also authored the book to Motown, produces the musical along with Tony winner Kevin McCollum (Rent, In the Heights, Avenue Q) and Sony Music CEO Doug Morris. Read the Playbill magazine feature about the show.



According to producers, "Motown 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."

Motown has scenic design by David Korins, costume design by ESosa, lighting design by Natasha Katz, sound design by Peter Hylenski, projection design by Daniel Brodie and choreography by Patricia Wilcox (Blues in the Night) and Warren Adams ("Toy Story"). Motown features arrangements and orchestrations by Ethan Popp, with co-orchestrations and additional arrangements by Bryan Crook, dance arrangements by Zane Mark and music direction by Joseph Joubert.

Visit MotownTheMusical.com.

Watch highlights from Motown here.