Music legend Berry Gordy is looking for supremely talented African-American entertainers, ages 8-11, to play the roles of young Michael Jackson, little Stevie Wonder and pre-teen Berry Gordy in “Motown the Musical,” coming to Broadway in 2013.
The nationwide search recently began with the launch of an audition website where Gordy reveals what he is looking for in the young men who will get to play these iconic characters on the Broadway stage in spring 2013.
“I’m not looking for imitators,” Gordy says. “What I’m looking for [are] people that are smart and can be themselves in the role, and he has to be extremely talented, plus he has to give me the same chills that I got when I saw Michael Jackson in the first place. My character as a little boy, he has to be funny, a scamp, a little bit of a hustler — a determined person. I’m looking for someone who can not be me, but be themselves and cover those various areas.”
To qualify, the right actor/singer/dancer will need a “phenomenal high tenor singing voice and be able to move and sound like Michael Jackson in his Jackson 5 days.”
Full details are on the “Motown The Musical” website casting page:
Producers are seeking:
• Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, was discovered in 1968 by Berry Gordy as part of the “pop phenomenon” The Jackson 5, when he was 10 years old.
• Stevie Wonder, who was 11 years old when he first recorded for Motown in 1961
• Berry Gordy, mischievous youngster from a middle-class family in ’30s Detroit, a bit of a hustler and a bit of a dreamer.
“Motown The Musical,” produced by Kevin McCollum, Doug Morris and Berry Gordy, and directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, is “a gripping story about the protégés and stars of a uniquely talented musical family who, under Berry Gordy’s guidance, began the ‘Sound of Young America’ and went on to become some of the greatest superstars of all time.”
The musical will feature a book by Gordy, as well as music and lyrics from the Motown catalogue, featuring dozens of hit songs made famous by Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, Diana Ross and The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Michael Jackson, The Jackson 5 and many more.