Chris Tucker to Lead All-Star Line-up Honoring Motown Founder Berry Gordy
Hosting the 2013 Award Gala will be critically-acclaimed actor and comedian Chris Tucker, seen most recently in the Academy Award-nominated film "Silver Linings Playbook," set in Philadelphia. To honor the musical legacy of Motown founder Berry Gordy, the performance line-up will feature stars of American pop music. The program will include two multiple Grammy-winning groups: Philadelphia's own Boyz II Men plus Kool and the Gang. Joining them will be Philadelphia up-and-comer, Cody Wise, who starred in the "Lion King" on Broadway. Motown superstar Smokey Robinson will present a tribute, along with "Philly Sound" songwriting and producing pioneers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, followed by a special performance by Tony Award nominee Brandon Victor Dixon, who stars as Gordy himself in "Motown The Musical." Finally, to mark the 15th anniversary of the Marian Anderson Award, Governor Ed Rendell will be honored as its founder and for his impact on the arts in Philadelphia.
In announcing Gordy as the Marian Anderson Award's 2013 recipient, Award Chair Pamela Browner White said that "This year we will be honoring an individual who created a new genre of American music that is beloved around the world, by young and old, black and white. Just as Marian Anderson did for classical music, Berry Gordy created an extraordinary common ground for all music lovers. Through his work with so many great artists, our society was brought closer together and we continue to sing the classic songs of the genre he created."
Tickets for the Gala and Concert, listed by Philadelphia Magazine among the top 10 annual social events, are on sale now and can be purchased through Ticket Philadelphia at http://bit.ly/1fz6Sw3 or by calling 215-893-1999.
MARIAN ANDERSON AWARD
The Marian Anderson Award, sponsored by Wells Fargo, honors artists whose leadership on behalf of a humanitarian cause(s) or issue(s) benefits society. Previous recipients include James Earl Jones (2012), Mia Farrow (2011), Bill Cosby (2010), Maya Angelou and Norman Lear (2008), Richard Gere (2007), Sidney Poitier (2006), Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis (2005), Oprah Winfrey (2003), Danny Glover (2002), Quincy Jones (2001), Elizabeth Taylor (2000), Gregory Peck (1999), and Harry Belafonte (1998). No award was given in 2004 or 2009.