YOUNG, GIFTED AND BLACK: Motown cast members in action
THE WEST End production of Motown: The Musical will hold open auditions this month for the opportunity to portray the young Michael Jackson with the adult cast of the hit musical at the Shaftesbury Theatre.
A once in a lifetime opportunity, organisers have told The Voice they are on the hunt for someone who can move like Jackson.
Natalie Gallacher at Pippa Ailion Casting, casting director for Motown: The Musical, said:
“Since we opened the show here in London we have had the pleasure of working with some great children.
“We are now looking for the next group of boys to join us at the Shaftesbury Theatre to play one of the most iconic roles in the music industry. If you are male, black or mixed-race, aged 8-to-13 with an unbroken voice and you can to commute to London, then we would love to hear from you.”
Director Charles Randolph-Wright added:
“We have previously found extraordinary talent to play Michael Jackson, as well as young Berry Gordy and Stevie Wonder. We are looking for boys who have excellent singing and acting skills and, of course, must also be able to move like Michael! I am excited to meet the next young cast members.”
Open auditions will take place on Saturday, March 18 at Hackney Empire. Registration is between 9.30am-10.30am and auditions will finish at 1pm.
With music and lyrics from the Motown catalogue and book by Motown founder Berry Gordy, the production features a 16-piece orchestra playing 50 Motown tracks, including Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, I’ll Be There, Dancing In The Street, Stop! In The Name Of Love, My Girl and I Heard It Through The Grapevine.
Randolph-Wright’s production tells the story behind the classic hits. With just $800 borrowed from his family, Gordy goes from featherweight boxer to heavyweight music mogul, discovering and launching the careers of Diana Ross, Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and many more.
Motown: The Musical uncovers the true story of the legendary record label that changed music history and created the soundtrack of a generation.
The Tony-nominated show received its world premiere in April 2013 in New York, with Gordy and legendary artists Ross, Robinson, Mary Wilson, Gladys Knight and Stevie Wonder attending opening night, with the show beginning its West End run in February last year.
Subsequently, during the London run, The Four Tops and Martha Reeves have also visited the production.
The first US national tour opened to critical acclaim in spring 2014 in Chicago and continues to play to packed houses across America.
The production has music supervision, orchestrations and arrangements by Ethan Popp, co-orchestrations and additional arrangements by Bryan Cook, dance arrangements by Zane Mark and music direction by Gareth Weedon. Choreography is by Patricia Wilcox and Warren Adams, scenic design by David Korins, costumes by ESOSA, lighting by Natasha Katz, sound by Peter Hylenski and projections by Daniel Brodie. The UK associate director is Tara Wilkinson, set designer is Andrew Edwards and lighting Designer is Alistair Grant.
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