Work Light Productions presents the new national tour of Motown The Musical, which launches September 29 at the RiverPark Center in Owensboro, Kentucky prior to an official opening in Chicago next month.
The company is headed by Kenneth Mosley as Berry Gordy, Trenyce as Diana Ross, Matt Manuel as Marvin Gaye, and Justin Reynolds as Smokey Robinson, with Kai Calhoun and Chase Phillips portraying Berry Gordy’s boyhood counterpart and the roles of young stars Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder.
The ensemble features Nick Abbott, Tracy Byrd, Arielle Crosby, Devin Holloway, Quiana Holmes, Kayla Jenerson, King David Jones, EJ King, Brett Michael Lockey, Jasmine Maslanova-Brown, Rob McCaffrey, Trey McCoy, Alia Munsch, Erick Patrick, Eric Peters, Isaac Saunders Jr., Eran Scoggins, Ayla Stackhouse, Nya Trysha, Cartreze Tucker, Dre’ Woods, Jamari Johnson Williams, and Nazarria Workman.
Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, Motown follows the record label founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, and more. The musical features more than 50 classic hits, including “My Girl” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.”
Motown features staging by Schele Williams, choreography re-created by Brian Harlan Brooks, with original choreography by Patricia Wilcox and Warren Adams, scenic design by David Korins, costume design by Tony Award nominee Emilio Sosa, 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 Wojcik | Seay Casting.
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.
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(Updated September 29, 2017)