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MOWTOWN The Musical Featuring Michael Jackson
« on: July 06, 2012, 04:02:23 PM »
http://articles.nydailynews.com/2012-06-24/news/32396832_1_jackson-estate-musical-tour-music-business

Musical to hit some hot Jax notes
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Sunday, June 24, 2012


The former right-hand man of Michael Jackson’s late manager aims to spill a few industry secrets.

Mark Lamica , who spent nine years working with Frank Dileo, tells us he’s planning a musical tour that will be loosely based on dealings between the King of Pop and the legendary cigar-chomping music man Dileo, who died in August 2011.

Lamica tells us the “dramical,” which he calls “The Man,” will follow the blueprint of the Oscar-winning movie “Dreamgirls” by showing the “ins and outs and ups and downs” of the music business, with “some of the dirt” sprinkled in for added drama.

It’s a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into the making of a superstar client through the eyes of a manager,” Lamica says.

The Jackson and Dileo characters will bear some resemblance to the actual men, but the musical’s story will purposely be “vague,” Lamica explains, so producers won’t have to deal with Jackson’s estate.

“People who know will know, and others won’t,” says Lamica.

Dileo served as Jackson’s manager during the superstar’s heyday in the ’80s. They parted ways at the end of the decade, but reunited shortly before Jackson’s death in 2009.

Prior to his death at 64 from heart complications, Dileo was working on an autobiography that was intended to expose music industry secrets. We reported last August that Dileo had grown increasingly disenchanted with the co-executors of Jackson’s estate.

Lamica says part of the play will be “very loosely based” on secrets his former partner planned to expose.

While the inspiration for the play can be traced to the Jackson-Dileo relationship, Lamica says it could be about “any manager and his iconic, major star.”

“This could be [manager] Freddy [DeMann] and Madonna. This could be [manager] Scooter [ Braun] and Justin Bieber ,” he says.

Lamica will team with Grammy Award-winning composer and singer Larry Hart to produce original music for the show. None of Jackson’s iconic works will be used, again because Lamica doesn’t want to deal with the Jackson estate.

“I’m not getting involved with those clearances,” he says.

Casting has not begun, but Lamica, who’s now lining up producers, does have certain actors in mind. Auditions are tentatively set for next year, and while he wouldn’t provide any names, he did say the play will likely feature familiar faces from “The Sopranos” and “Goodfellas.” (Dileo played gangster Tuddy Cicero in the latter.)

When we first got wind of the play, we were told Broadway was its target, but Lamica says he’d prefer to take the show on the road and eventually turn a “cautionary tale for future artists” into a movie.
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Re: New Musical about Michael ???
« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2012, 05:07:12 PM »
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/motown-musical-broadway-341739

Berry Gordy-Inspired 'Motown' Musical to Launch on Broadway in 2013
12:30 PM PDT 6/26/2012 by David Rooney


A bio-show based on the life of the legendary music mogul, the production will feature hits from Diana Ross and the Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and Michael Jackson, among others.

NEW YORK -- The life of legendary Motor City music empire founder Berry Gordy will get stage treatment when Motown: The Musical opens on Broadway in spring 2013.

Producers Kevin McCollum, Sony Music Entertainment chairman and CEO Doug Morris and Gordy confirmed plans for the show Tuesday. Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright and written by Gordy, it will feature songs from the Motown catalogue made famous by recording artists such as Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Diana Ross and the Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Michael Jackson and The Jackson Five.

The production is scheduled to open on Broadway at a Nederlander theater to be announced, along with casting and additional creative team.

Motown will trace the story of Gordy from his beginnings as an ambitious young African-American songwriter in 1959, when he founded Tamla Records in Detroit with an $800 loan from his family. That company became the cornerstone of an influential music-industry force that crossed over to mainstream success at a time when segregation and racial tension still divided the country. Motown has generated more than 180 No. 1 hits worldwide.

"Broadway is the pinnacle of live theater and provides a challenging and exciting opportunity to tell my story and share the magic of Motown," said Gordy.

"Motown and Berry Gordy's influence on music and our culture is unparalleled," added McCollum, a producer of such shows as Rent, Avenue Q and In the Heights.

While Randolph-Wright has an extensive background as a writer and director for film, television and theater, Motown will be his first major Broadway production. He began his career as an actor and was part of the original Broadway ensemble of the 1981 hit Dreamgirls, a show which, despite assertions from its creators that it was purely fictional, contained close parallels to the story of Gordy and his supergroup The Supremes.

Several jukebox musicals have found success on Broadway, notably the ABBA anthology Mamma Mia!, the biomusical of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Jersey Boys, and '80s glam-metal comedy Rock of Ages.

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Re: New Musical about Michael ???
« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2012, 07:15:47 PM »
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120717/ENT04/207170413

July 17, 2012 at 12:12 pm
Gordy to hold auditions for young Michael Jackson, others in 'Motown' musical
By Susan Whitall
The Detroit News


For some young hopeful, it's the starmaking role of a lifetime: Motown founder Berry Gordy is seeking a young, African-American male, age 8 to 11 years old, to play several roles in the forthcoming Broadway production "Motown: The Musical."

One youngster will play Michael Jackson, Little Stevie Wonder and a pre-teen Berry Gordy.

As previously announced, the musical will premiere in the spring of 2013 in one of the Broadway theaters owned by the Nederlanders.

The full story on the auditions will be available on the website, www.MotownTheMusical.com/Casting, which goes live at 3 p.m. Tuesday, but the successful candidate will have to have a stunning high tenor voice and be able to move like Jackson when he was busting his James Brown moves.

The producers describe the roles thusly:

Michael Jackson: "The King of Pop, discovered in 1968 by Berry Gordy as part of the pop phenomenon the Jackson 5, when he was 10 years old."

Stevie Wonder: "Eleven years old when he first recorded for Motown in 1961."

Berry Gordy. "Mischievous youngster from a middle-class family in 1930s Detroit, a bit of a hustler and a bit of a dreamer."

"Motown: The Musical" will be produced by Kevin McCollum ("Rent," "Avenue Q"), Doug Morris (Chairman and CEO of Sony Music Entertainment) and Gordy.

The musical will be directed by Charles Randolph-Wright from a book by Gordy, and will feature dozens of hit Motown songs by such artists as Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Diana Ross and the Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, the Temptations and Michael Jackson and the Jackson Five.

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Re: New Musical about Michael ???
« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2012, 09:54:52 PM »
http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/music-arts/broadway-musical-launches-online-auditions-play-michael-jackson-stevie-berry-gordy-article-1.1116294

Broadway musical launches online auditions to play Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and Berry Gordy 
Search for multi talented young African-American to portray three roles in upcoming production
TUESDAY, JULY 17, 2012, 3:09 PM
BY JOE DZIEMIANOWICZ / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS


If you look, sound and move like a young Michael Jackson, your shot to star in the upcoming Broadway musical “Motown” is a click away.
The show’s producer, music mogul Berry Gordy, is looking for a multi talented African-American youth to play three roles, They include a young Michael Jackson, little Stevie Wonder and a pre-teen Gordy in the show coming to Broadway in 2013.

The nation-wide search begins today with the launch of an audition website at MotownTheMusical.com/Casting.

The actor with the right stuff will be age 8-11. Candidates will perform one of the following songs — “I Want You Back,” “I’ll Be There” or “Who’s Loving You.”

“I’m not looking for imitators,” says Gordy. “What I’m looking for is people that are smart, and can be themselves in the role.”

The actor who wins the role, he adds, “has to give me the same chills that I got when I saw Michael Jackson in the first place.”

Gordy says that the qualities he’s looking for in the actor who plays him as a kid include being “funny, a scamp, a little bit of a hustler.”
“Motown” tells the story of Gordy protégés who went on to become some of the greatest superstars of all time.

The show will feature a book by Berry Gordy and hits from the Motown catalogue, including 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.

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Re: New Musical about Michael ???
« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2012, 09:56:32 PM »
http://www.heraldextra.com/entertainment/producers-seek-young-man-to-play-michael-jackson/article_736dab6c-17d3-596e-80a2-b679271e581d.html

Producers seek young man to play Michael Jackson
1 hour ago  •  Associated Press


Producers of a musical based on the life of Motown Records founder Berry Gordy are seeking an exceptionally talented young actor _ one who can play a preteen Gordy, a young Michael Jackson and a precocious Stevie Wonder.

Gordy launched an audition website on Tuesday to help find the young man between the ages of 8 and 11 who can sing, dance and act like the King of Pop in his Jackson 5 days and Wonder at about age 11.

"Motown" will open on Broadway next spring.

Gordy says he's not looking for imitators, but someone who "can be themselves in the role" and give him "the same chills" he experienced when he first saw Jackson at age 10 in 1968.

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Re: New Musical about Michael ???
« Reply #5 on: July 17, 2012, 11:28:20 PM »
In his dreams. I can't stand that bloke he makes me  :puke:

He's going to be searching a long time for someone to play the role of Michael and himself. The kid that plays Michael will have to be an exception. Can't ever see that coming off at all. There was only one MJ in my eyes.

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Re: New Musical about Michael ???
« Reply #6 on: July 21, 2012, 09:16:01 AM »
that's a real tough casting job. i think if there are boys somewhat looking like lil Mikey and having that voice, too, they'd have already exploded on You Tube by now. or maybe i haven't seen if there are.  anyway, sending them some fairy dust  :moony: for luck

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Re: New Musical about Michael ???
« Reply #7 on: July 21, 2012, 10:23:48 AM »
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yes we all know that, but I look on this the same way as THRILLER LIVE. They have the same wording in their publicity blurbs and audition ads.

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In the UK THRILLER LIVE have been able to find some amazing performers over the years for their Michael's at different ages characters, so I'm sure this one in America will be able to as well. Most of these performers are scouted from stage schools and especially for the top shows like this & Thriller Live, the casting directors have contacts all over the place.

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Re: New Musical about Michael ???
« Reply #8 on: July 21, 2012, 10:46:32 AM »
good for them, then. i think Berry raised the bar when he said the lucky boy has got to give him "the chills."

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Re: New Musical about Michael ???
« Reply #9 on: October 27, 2012, 12:58:29 PM »
http://www.playbill.com/news/article/171341-Motown-Launches-Casting-Call-for-Actors-to-Play-Michael-Jackson-Stevie-Wonder-Marvin-Gaye-and-Smokey-Robinson

Motown Launches Casting Call for Actors to Play Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and Smokey Robinson
By Adam Hetrick
19 Oct 2012


Producers of the upcoming Broadway musical Motown are launching a nationwide casting search for African-American actors to portray young versions of Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder as well as such music legends as Marvin Gaye and Smokey Robinson.

In addition to a previously launched online casting campaign, the creative team has announced open auditions in Detroit, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York City in advance of Motown's Broadway debut this spring at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. The musical is based on the life of record mogul Berry Gordy.

The casting breakdown is seeking one actor between the ages of 8 and 11 with a "phenomenal high tenor" voice who can sing and move like Jackson at 10-years-old, during his Jackson 5 days and also portray 11-year-old Stevie Wonder and a pre-teen Gordy himself, described as a "bit of a hustler and bit of a dreamer."

In addition, adult actors are being sought to portray the physical and vocal likenesses of Marvin Gaye and Smokey Robinson. An additional African-American actor with a low bass range (solid low C) and female African-American singers who can cover the songs of Diana Ross are also being sought during these calls.

Auditions will take place in Detroit and New York City on Nov. 3; followed by Los Angeles on Nov. 10; Chicago on Nov. 18; and Atlanta on Dec. 1.
Click here http://www.motownthemusical.com/casting.html for more information on the auditions. Online submissions are also being accepted.

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. The jukebox musical will begin Broadway previews March 11, 2013, towards an April 14, 2013, opening.

Charles Randolph-Wright will direct Motown, which will be 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.

Tony 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.

The musical promises "a gripping story about the protégés and stars of a uniquely talented musical family who, under Berry Gordy's guidance, began as 'the Sound of Young America' and went on to become some of the greatest superstars of all time."

For tickets visit Telecharge.com.

Visit MotownTheMusical.com.

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Re: MOWTOWN The Musical Featuring Michael Jackson
« Reply #10 on: February 23, 2013, 03:19:49 PM »
Motown: The Musical Finds Its Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye
 By Marc Snetiker February 6, 2013 - 4:00PM


Casting is complete for Broadway's Motown: The Musical as newcomers Raymond Luke Jr. and Jibreel Mawry will play Young Berry Gordy, Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder, with Bryan Terrell Clark also joining the cast as Marvin Gaye. The three actors—who will all make their Broadway debuts —join previously announced stars Brandon Victor Dixon and Valisia LeKae.

Featuring a book by Motown mogul Berry Gordy, Motown: The Musical charts the rapidfire ascent of Gordy (Dixon) from a featherweight boxer to a heavyweight music producer, whose career-launching credits include Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and more. The musical will feature some of Motown’s chart-topping classics as it follows Gordy’s life, including his romance with Ross (LeKae).

The complete cast of Motown includes Charl Brown as Smokey Robinson and an ensemble including Timothy J. Alex, Nicholas Christopher, Rebecca E. Covington, Ariana DeBose, Andrea Dora, Preston W. Dugger III, Wilkie Ferguson, Dionne Figgins, Marva Hicks, Sasha Hutchings, Lauren Lim Jackson, Morgan James, John Jellison, Crystal Joy, Grasan Kingsberry, Marielys Molina, Sydney Morton, Jarran Muse, Jesse Nager, Milton Craig Nealy, N’Kenge, Dominic Nolfi, Saycon Sengbloh, Ryan Shaw, Jamal Story, Eric LaJuan Summers, Ephraim Sykes, Julius Thomas III, Daniel J. Watts and Donald Webber, Jr..

Clark appeared opposite Laurence Fishburne and Angela Bassett in Fences. His TV credits include The Unit and Tyler Perry’s House of Payne. Mawry, a Detroit native, served as a co-host for YE TV. Luke Jr. can be seen on national commercials for Toys R Us and Volkswagen, as well as on film in Bad Father and Failure is Not an Option.

Motown is set to begin its Broadway run on March 11 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, with opening night set for April 14.

http://www.broadway.com/buzz/167170/motown-the-musical-finds-its-michael-jackson-stevie-wonder-and-marvin-gaye/

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Re: MOWTOWN The Musical Featuring Michael Jackson
« Reply #11 on: April 02, 2013, 08:09:06 PM »
2 guys have a ball as Michael Jackson on Broadway
BY MARK KENNEDY AP DRAMA WRITER
Posted on Thursday, 03.28.13


NEW YORK -- If making your Broadway debut at age 12 doesn't sound scary enough, imagine doing it in an iconic role. Now triple it.

That's what Raymond Luke Jr. and Jibreel Mawry are facing. They're taking turns portraying a preteen Michael Jackson, a young Motown founder Berry Gordy and an adolescent Stevie Wonder in "Motown: The Musical."

"It's a big step," acknowledges a soft-spoken Jibreel backstage at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. "We went from local performances around town to Broadway."

The musical portrays Motown's first 25 years through the eyes of Gordy and is punctuated with a stunning collection of vintage hits and energetic dance numbers.

Jibreel, from Detroit, and Raymond, from Los Angeles, beat hundreds of hopefuls in a national search and now find themselves sharing a tiny dressing room in New York, juggling schoolwork and keeping up with last-minute changes to the show.

"I don't think either one of them had ever seen a Broadway show prior to this," says director Charles Randolph-Wright. "So to all of a sudden be starring in this show where you can't get a ticket, in a theater with 1,500 seats, it's quite a different thing from being in your high-school auditorium or the mall."

A recent visit backstage revealed two happy, polite and remarkably talented youngsters. The door of Room 14 has both an official sign with their names in typeset letters and a homemade one just below with the word "Motown" in bright colored-in letters and their signatures.

Just as a visitor knocked, the sound of the boys singing was heard. They weren't belting out Katy Perry or Kanye West. It was a pretty great version of "You Can't Stop the Beat" from "Hairspray."

"We have a lot of fun in here," says Raymond.

Of the three roles they play, Michael Jackson is the toughest, requiring the most singing and dancing, including several classic Jackson Five hits like "I Want You Back" and "The Love You Save."

They've studied footage of Jackson as well as his influences, including Jackie Wilson and James Brown. "Michael is someone who felt the music. He WAS the music," says Raymond.

Adds Jibreel: "He was always so smooth onstage. He held back when he was offstage, but then when that spotlight hit him onstage, he was a whole different person."

Jibreel was introduced to Jackson's music at age 5 by his mother and has made several appearances mimicking the King of Pop. He helped teach Raymond the finer points, including to keep smiling and to keep moving.

"I wasn't comfortable with smiling. I was the kind of singer that just stands still," says Raymond. Of his co-star, he adds admiringly: "When he's Michael, he's like a whole other Michael. He's like Michael Jr."

Jibreel, whose YouTube handle is JuniorMJ1000, auditioned by sending in a video but, just to be sure, his family drove him to New York to audition in person as well. He was called back to join a workshop and then finally this winter got word he had landed the Broadway gig.

"I didn't believe it when my mom told me," he says.

Raymond, who led his church choir at 8, auditioned on camera in Los Angeles, singing "I Want You Back," "Loving You" and "I'll Be There." He was invited to New York to show off his stuff and was then offered the job just before Christmas break.

His mom got the call. "I just remember her crying, 'You made it! You made it!'" he recalls. "I've been singing since I was 3, so it's kind of amazing for me to actually be here. C'mon? New York? Broadway? That's amazing."

Randolph-Wright helped cast the show and sifted through audition videos as well as visiting Detroit, Atlanta and Los Angeles to see candidates up close. He says he knew he had found gold as soon as Jibreel and Raymond walked in.

"It's daunting to have to play any one of those three characters. To have to do all three of them is, of course, insane," he says. "It's thrilling to see them grow and change and discover what it means to be on Broadway."

Both hope a show-biz career awaits them. Raymond is a veteran of Toys R Us and Volkswagen commercials, and Jibreel plans on finishing his debut album of pop and R&B songs.

Each boy has a parent in the city watching over him, as well as Lisa Swift, their teacher, who tries to squeeze in as many online lessons as possible in between choreography tuneups. Jibreel, in sixth grade, and Raymond, in seventh, are required to get three hours of schooling for every day of classes they miss.

The show keeps changing - a recent cut scrapped the only young Stevie Wonder tune "Fingertips" from the musical - and yet the boys still keep their sense of humor.

Inadvertently funny things said backstage get written on a quote board tacked to a wall in their dressing room. One entry gently needles their good-natured teacher. "Ms. Lisa," Raymond once said. "It doesn't matter how old you are, you can still bring it."

The same, it could be said, applies to Raymond and Jibreel.

http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/03/28/3311152/2-guys-have-a-ball-as-michael.html