Photo Flash: MOTOWN THE MUSICAL Tour Comes to the Adrienne Arsht Center
Performances for the Miami premiere of MOTOWN THE MUSICAL begin Tuesday, February 2 for a limited one-week run through Sunday, February 7, 2016 at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County. Currently celebrating its 10th Anniversary Season, the Arsht Center, along with Broadway Across America and presenting sponsor Bank of America, are proud to continue the 2015-2016 Broadway in Miami season with the hit musical that CBS Sunday Morning describes as, "More than a Broadway show, a celebration of music that transformed America!"
To purchase tickets, visit www.arshtcenter.org, call 305.949.6722 or visit Arsht Center Box Office, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33132. Ticket prices start at $29*.
Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy's 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 so many more.
Chester Gregory, most recently seen at the Arsht Center as Jackie Wilson in The Eve of Jackie where he performed to rave reviews, and Allison Semmes will star in the leading roles of Berry Gordy and Diana Ross. Portraying groundbreaking Motown artists, Jesse Nager will play Smokey Robinson and Jarran Muse will play Marvin Gaye. J.J. Batteast and Leon Outlaw, Jr. will portray Berry Gordy's boyhood counterpart and the roles of young stars Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder.
MOTOWN THE MUSICAL will also feature Nik Alexander, Erick Buckley, Chante Carmel, Stephen Cerf, Chadaè, Darius Crenshaw, Preston W. Dugger III, Lynorris Evans, Anissa Felix, Talya Groves, Robert Hartwell, Rodney Earl Jackson, Jr., Trisha Jeffrey, Elijah Ahmad Lewis, Loren Lott, Jarvis B. Manning, Jr., Krisha Marcano, Marq Moss, Rashad Naylor, Ramone Owens, Olivia Puckett, Nicholas Ryan, Jamison Scott, Joey Stone, Doug Storm, Martina Sykes, Nik Walker and Galen J. Williams.
Featuring more than 40 classic hits such as "My Girl" and "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," MOTOWN THE MUSICAL tells the story behind the hits as Diana, Smokey, Berry and the whole Motown family fight against the odds to create the soundtrack of change in America. Motown shattered barriers, shaped our lives and made us all move to the same beat.
MOTOWN THE MUSICAL features choreography by Patricia Wilcox (A Night with Janis Joplin) and Warren Adams (Toy Story), scenic design by David Korins (Bring It On: The Musical, Annie), costume design by Tony Award® nominee ESosa (The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess, "Project Runway"), lighting design by Tony Award® winner Natasha Katz (Once, Sister Act), sound design by Tony Award® nominee Peter Hylenski (Rock of Ages, The Scottsboro Boys), projection design by Daniel Brodie (Jekyll and Hyde), hair and wig design by Charles LaPointe (Memphis) and casting by Telsey + Company.
MOTOWN THE MUSICAL's arrangements and orchestrations are by Grammy and Tony Award® nominee Ethan Popp (Rock of Ages), who also serves as music supervisor in reproducing the classic "Sound of Young America," with co-orchestrations and additional arrangements by Tony Award® nominee Bryan Crook ("Smash") and dance arrangements by Zane Mark (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels).
MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is produced by Tony Award®-winning producer Kevin McCollum (Rent, In the Heights, Avenue Q), Chairman and CEO of SONY Music Entertainment Doug Morris and Motown founder Berry Gordy.
For more information, visit www.MotownTheMusical.com.
Photo credit: Joan Marcus
Reed L. Shannon (center) with MOTOWN THE MUSICAL's 'Jackson 5'
Jarran Muse and Cast