Hearty renditions of pop music anthems and signature songs popularized by legendary chart-toppers won't just be heard on televised singing competitions, oldie radio stations or in karaoke halls anymore. They're being played all over stages this season — via musicals featuring the likenesses of some of the greatest ladies the music industry has ever known.
Playbill.com offers a look at some of the women bringing the hit parade to the Great White Way.
Valisia LeKae as Diana Ross
Motown The Musical, Lunt-Fontanne Theatre
Although the Memphis native once starred as Deena in a regional production of Dreamgirls, taking on the role of the real Motown queen was different than the caricaturized composite many have associated with her in the theatre world. "Those two things don't compare," the 2013 Tony nominee shared. "I don't even remember how I played [Deena] but it's not like what happens on the stage when I do Miss Diana Ross." Handpicked by director Charles Randolph-Wright after her very first audition, the former Dollywood amusement park performer admits the role wasn't very difficult to capture. "They asked me if I was doing something with my voice because I sounded so much like her," she revealed. "Luckily the timbre is similar so I don't have to run too far to find that."
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