Broadway's Motown: The Musical Will Feature Charl Brown, Morgan James, Saycon Sengbloh and More

By Adam Hetrick
December 10, 2012

Charl Brown, Morgan James, Saycon Sengbloh, John Jellison and N'Kenge have been cast in Broadway's Motown: The Musical, about the life and career of music mogul Berry Gordy, which will begin previews March 11, 2013, at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.



As previously reported, Tony Award nominee Brandon Victor Dixon (The Color Purple, The Scottsboro Boys) and Valisia LeKae (Ragtime, The Book of Mormon) will co-star as Gordy and Diana Ross, respectively. Gordy, who also authored the book to Motown, is producing the musical along with Tony winner Kevin McCollum (Rent, In the Heights, Avenue Q) and Sony Music CEO Doug Morris. Motown will officially open April 14, 2013.

Charles Randolph-Wright directs Motown, which is studded 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. Joseph Joubert will musical direct.

Brown (Jersey Boys, Sister Act) joins the cast as Smokey Robinson.

The ensemble will feature James (Godspell), Sengbloh (Fela, Hair), Jellison (Memphis) and N'Kenge (Sondheim on Sondheim), as well as Timothy J. Alex, Nicholas Christopher, Bryan Terrell Clark, Rebecca E. Covington, Ariana DeBose, Andrea Dora, Preston W. Dugger III, Wilkie Ferguson, Dionne Figgins, Marva Hicks, Sasha Hutchings, Lauren Lim Jackson, Crystal Joy, Grasan Kingsberry, Marielys Molina, Sydney Morton, Jarran Muse, Jesse Nager, Milton Craig Nealy, Dominic Nolfi, Ryan Shaw, Jamal Story, Eric LaJuan Summers, Ephraim Sykes, Julius Thomas III, Daniel J. Watts and Donald Webber, Jr.

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 will have 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"). The 18-piece orchestra will be supervised by Ethan Popp, who will "reproduce the classic 'Sound of Young America' for the Broadway stage," according to producers.

For tickets visit Telecharge.com.

Visit MotownTheMusical.com.