Producers Kevin McCollum, Doug Morris and Berry Gordy recently announced “Makin’ It Motown,” a nationwide open call casting search for African-American singers and dancers for both the flagship Broadway production of “Motown the Musical” and the upcoming national tour, with a rare opportunity to audition on stage at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, home of the hit musical, on Friday, Sept. 13.

Open call auditions will also be held in Chicago at The Oriental Theatre on Saturday, Sept. 14, where the national tour will launch with an engagement from April 22 to July 13, 2014 before continuing across the country with additional cities to be announced.

“Motown the Musical” is seeking African-American men and women, ages 20-40s, with exceptional voices. Producers are also seeking an African-American boy, age 8 to 13 to play young Michael Jackson/Berry Gordy/Stevie Wonder. No prior theatre experience is necessary. All candidates must have “amazing soulful voices” to play different performers from Motown history, and all vocal parts are encouraged to attend.

The New York auditions will be held 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, 205 West 46th St. (between 7th Ave. & 8th Ave,). Sign-in begins at 10 a.m.

Candidates must bring sheet music for a song of choice from the Motown songbook that best features vocal range, as well as a picture and resume including contact information stapled together. A recent snapshot is sufficient in the absence of a formal headshot. An accompanist will be provided.

“Motown the Musical,” based on the life of iconic Motown founder Berry Gordy, featuring music and lyrics from the legendary Motown catalog and a book by Berry Gordy, began performances March 11 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre and officially opened April 14. The production received four nominations at the 2013 Tony Awards, including Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Muiscal) - Valisia LeKae; Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role (Musical) - Charl Brown; Best Orchestrations - Ethan Popp and Bryan Crook; and Best Sound Design of a Musical - Peter Hylenski.

Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, “Motown the Musical” is the real story of the unique sound, dubbed “The Sound of Young America,” that hit the airwaves in 1959 and changed American culture. The show charts Motown founder Berry Gordy’s incredible journey “from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul” who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and many more.

For more information on the open call auditions visit http://www.motownthemusical.com/casting.html

For details about what to bring and what to prepare, email casting@motownthemusical.com

 

Contact Entertainment Reporter Kimberly C. Roberts at (215) 893-5753 or kroberts@phillytrib.com.

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