CHESTER GREGORY (Berry Gordy)
Chester is thrilled and honored to return in the role of Berry Gordy, after portraying him last summer on Broadway in Motown The Musical! Broadway credits include Hairspray, Tarzan, Cry-Baby and Sister Act. He has toured nationally with several shows including Dreamgirls and his one-man show The Eve of Jackie Wilson. Chester has received many awards including the NAACP Theatre Award, and has been presented the key to the city of his hometown of Gary, Indiana and East Chicago. He has also been chosen as an Honorary State Representative and has received a Honorary Doctorate from his alma mater Columbia College in Chicago. Chester is also a songwriter and producer. Join the journey @ChesterGregory and chestergregory.com.
ALLISON SEMMES (Diana Ross)
Thrilled to be traveling the nation with this show again! Proud AEA member. Chicago Native. B.M.Opera at UIUC, M.M. from NYU-Steinhardt. Broadway credits: Motown The Musical (Florence Ballard) and The Book of Mormon (Nabalungi u/s, Swing). Other credits include The Color Purple National Tour, Dreamgirls, Bubbling Brown Sugar, The Wiz, Candide. BroadwayWorld Chicago award for Best Female Lead, and an NAACP Theatre Award nomination for Best Female Lead for Diana Ross in Motown. Thanks to Mr. Gordy, Charles, KM, and my family. Follow her journey @ladysemmes & www.allisonsemmes.com
JARRAN MUSE (Marvin Gaye)
A native Jersey boy couldn’t be happier living his dream. God is good y’all. Broadway/N.Y.C.: Motown The Musical, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Dreamgirls. Tours: American Idiot, Dreamgirls, Hairspray, 42nd Street. Check jarranmuse.com for the complete resume. “Thank you to Mr. Gordy, Charles and Telsey for this new opportunity to bring Marvin to stage every night; to the Motown legends that lived the story we are telling; to KMR for representing me and to my family and friends for being there. I LOVE YOU! Proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. Follow me on Instagram: @JaeMuse or Twitter: @JarranMuse.”
DAVID KAVERMAN (Smokey Robinson)
is honored to make his Equity and National Tour debuts with Motown! Native of Ohio. Favorite credits (Regional): Sister Act, Dreamgirls, Carousel, Chicago, Godspell, & Disney Cruise Line. Proud graduate of Otterbein University (BM) & the Manhattan School of Music (MM). Eternal thanks to Mr. Gordy & Wojcik|Seay Casting. Shout out to The Mine, his superMama, Manda, and invaluable friends & teachers who have given him the world! Love. Instagram: @deighvidk. www.davidkaverman.com
CJ WRIGHT (Young Berry Gordy/Young Stevie Wonder/Young Michael Jackson)
is an 11-year musician from Upland CA, is beyond excited to join the Motown cast and make his national tour debut. He has appeared in a commercial, print, voice overs, and has performed in local theater and venues. He would like to thank his family, friends, and teachers who have supported him along this amazing journey.
RAYMOND DAVIS JR. (Young Berry Gordy/Young Stevie Wonder/Young Michael Jackson)
A 12 year old native of Indianapolis, Raymond is humbled and extremely grateful to join the Motown cast. He has appeared in commercials and has won many singing contests in Indianapolis. He would like to thank God, family, and friends.
MICHELLE ALVES (Ensemble)
Broadway /National Tour: West Side Story (Anita 2012-2014), Carmen, RENT, Hairspray, Godspell, Hair, Chicago, Nine; Ricky Martin, Black Eyed Peas, Pitbull, Nelly Furtado; Grammy/Billboard Awards; LA Broadwayworld Best Featured Actress in a Musical Winner (Anita-2013). www.michellemalves.com
MALCOLM ARMWOOD (Ensemble)
National Tour: Smokey Joes Cafe (Adrian). Regional: Grease (Teen Angel), Show Boat, Ragtime, Hairspray, Kiss Me Kate. ECU alum! Praises to God for his continuous blessings! Thanks Dad, Mom, Mckenzie, family and friends for all the love and support.
ERICK BUCKLEY (Swing)
Broadway/national tours: Les Misérables (Valjean); The Addams Family (Uncle Fester); The Full Monty (Dave); The Phantom of the Opera (Piangi); Kiss Me, Kate (Gangster #1); Grease! (Roger). Favorite roles: husband to Robin, dad to Miranda.
LATRISA HARPER (Ensemble)
Broadway: The Color Purple, The Lion King. 1st National Tours: The Color Purple, Motown The Musical. Off Broadway: Invisible Thread, Second Stage Theater NYC. Regional: The Wiz, Arkansas Repertory, Witness Uganda, American Repertory Theater. Was a member of Ailey II. Proud AEA member. Love to family and Susan Batson Studios.
JUDITH FRANKLIN (Ensemble)
Houston Texas Native. Regional: Dreamgirls, Memphis The Musical, Little Shop of Horrors, Company Tours: Todrick Hall's Straight Outta Oz, Tyler Perry's Madea On The Run Grateful! @judithfranklin.
JEREMY GASTON (Ensemble)
National/International Tours: Sister Act 1st national (Eddie u/s, Curtis u/s, TJ u/s), Shrek (Donkey), Smokey Joe's Café (Victor u/s), We Will Rock You (Britney), Jesus Christ Superstar (Priest u/s), Sunfish (Monk). Jeremiah 29:11 @JeremyAllynGaston
ALYSSA V. GOMEZ (Swing)
A NY Native, Alyssa is delighted to join the company of Motown! Regional: In The Heights (Nina), Rent (Mimi), American Idiot (Whatsername). BA Emerson College. Much love to mi familia!
GARFIELD HAMMONDS (Ensemble)
is elated to join the Motown family! Fave Credits: Kiss Me, Kate (Nat'l Tour), Ragtime (Coalhouse), Smokey Joe's Cafe, Big River. Love to Chris and Mom. Thanks Bobbie!
ROD HARRELSON (Dance Captain/Swing)
Proud AEA member! Originally from Greensboro, NC., trained/studied at UNC-Chapel Hill. "Golden Rule" at all times. Love and thanks to God and family - always for Cynthia!
JARED HOWELTON (Ensemble)
Credits include: International Tour - Shrek the Musical (Donkey), Off-Broadway - Urinetown (Bobby Strong). Otterbein University (BFA). Thanks be to God, family, and TPG!
LOUIS JAMES JACKSON (Ensemble)
International Tour: SHREK The Musical (u.s. Donkey & perf'd/Papa Bear). Regional: Beauty and The Beast (Ensemble)-Ogunquit Playhouse. Dance: Luna Negra Dance Theater, DanceWorks Chicago. The Ailey School.
ELIJAH AHMAD LEWIS (Ensemble)
is thrilled to return to Motown! Broadway: Motown. Off Broadway: Mama I Want To Sing, Sing Harlem Sing. Tours: Motown (1st Nat) Mama I Want To Sing (Japan). Music: Mario, Ariana Grande, Mary Mary, Madonna. @eal360 eal360.com
RAMONE OWENS (Assistant Dance Captain/Ensemble)
Broadway; Motown. Off-Broadway; Finian’s Rainbow (Irish Rep) Regional: Disney’s Aladdin, Hairspray, Dreamgirls, Man of La Mancha. Countless thanks to God, his family and The About Artist Agency. B.F.A., Boston Conservatory. Psalm 16:8
DEVIN L. PRICE (Ensemble)
Born and raised in Lansing, Michigan. Graduated from Oakland University in Rochester Hills, MI, with BFA Musical Theatre (MT '15). Special thanks always to God, Family and Friends.
ALANA RANDALL (Swing)
Toronto native thrilled to be joining the Motown family! Off-Broadway/Tours: Vagina Monologues (Jerry Orbach), Dirty Dancing, The Wizard Of Oz. Theatre: West Side Story, Hairspray, Hair, High School Musical. TV: Series regular on Hellcats (CW). Love to family & Bloc NYC.
TAVIA RIVEÉ (Ensemble)
is thrilled to join the Motown family! Favorite credits include: Hairspray, Seussical, All Shook Up. Thanks to Wojcik|Seay, Brian Graziani, and my amazing parents. Glory to God! @TaviaRivee
MATTHEW SIMS JR (Swing)
Graduate of AMDA. International performer for Carnival Cruise Lines. Wailin’ Joe in Memphis, Leroy in Hairspray, and The Band Leader in the NAACP Award winning musical, Recorded In Hollywood.
KIMBERLY ANN STEELE (Ensemble)
Favorite credits: Hair (Hollywood Bowl), Kiss Me, Kate! (Pasadena Playhouse), Carrie: The Killer Musical Experience (Los Angeles Theatre), Spring Awakening (UCLA). UCLA Alumni. www.electricsteele.com. Thanks Mom!
DOUG STORM (Ensemble)
Broadway: Motown, Les Misérables, Jekyll & Hyde, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Dance of the Vampires, Chess in Concert. Off-Broadway: Bat Boy (original cast). Other: Disney’s Tarzan, Because of Winn Dixie. Notre Dame de Paris – Vegas (Quasimodo). Trained at HB Studios (NY) & Second City (Chicago)
DANIEL ROBERT SULLIVAN (Ensemble)
Over 1000 performances as Tommy DeVito in Jersey Boys. Author of award-winning play Prospect High: Brooklyn, and theatrical memoir Becoming a Jersey Boy. Say hello at DanielRobertSullivan@gmail.com!
GABRIELLA WHITING (Ensemble)
Previous credits include; National Tours: Saturday Night Fever (Candy). Regional: Sister Act (Michelle/ Delores u.s), Sweet Charity (Helene) RENT(Mimi). Big thanks to mom for always being so supportive.
GALEN J. WILLIAMS (Swing)
Favorite past credits: Motown the Musical (Broadway) Passing Strange, Three Little Birds. Huge thanks to my loving family, amazing friends, and my stellar team at Apex Talent Group! B.F.A., Howard University.
RICARDO A. ZAYAS (Ensemble)
Brooklyn, NY. Honors graduate Fordham. "25 to Watch"-Dance Magazine. Dance: Ailey II, Lar Lubovitch, LINES Ballet, Metropolitan Opera, Shen Wei. Theater: In The Heights, Queen of the Night, West Side Story (Carnegie Hall), Broadway's Hamilton.
BERRY GORDY (Book, Producer)is the founder of Motown, the hit-making enterprise that reached out across a racially divided, politically and socially charged country to trans- form popular music. He is also a songwriter, producer, director, innovative entrepreneur, teacher and visionary. Actively involved in the Civil Rights movement, he released the recorded speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. His films include Lady Sings the Blues (five Academy Award nominations) and Mahogany. Gordy has received four honorary doctorates in philosophy (Occidental College), the humanities (Morehouse College, Michigan State University) and music (Eastern Michigan University). Other awards include the Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Award, the Gordon Grand Fellow from Yale University, induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, the Rainbow Coalition’s Man of the Millennium Award, the Rhythm and Blues Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the T.J. Martell Foundation’s Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award and the Grammy Salute to Industry Icons President’s Merit Award. In 2011, President Obama honored him with a Salute to Motown evening at the White House. He is also the recipient of the 2013 Marian Anderson Award, BET’s Visionary Award, Ebony’s first Lifetime Achievement Award, and Major League Baseball’s 2014 Beacon of Change Award and The NAACP 2016 Theatre Award for Best Playwright. In a White House ceremony in September 2015, President Barack Obama presented Gordy with the National Medal of Arts for a lifetime of achievement that “transformed music and American life and still reverberates today. Berry Gordy’s unparalleled contribution to popular culture is chronicled in his autobiography, To Be Loved: The Music, The Magic, The Memories of Motown.
SONY/ATV MUSIC PUBLISHING
Sony/ATV Music Publishing, established in 1995 as a joint venture between Sony and Michael Jackson, is the world’s leading music publisher. Together with EMI Music Publishing, Sony/ATV owns or administers more than two million copyrights, including those from such iconic music catalogs like Leiber Stoller, Mijac Music, Motown and Famous Music. Sony/ATV also controls many of the best-known songs ever written, such as “New York, New York,” “All You Need Is Love,” “You’ve Got a Friend,” “Moon River,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “The Mission Impossible Theme,” “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “Over the Rainbow,” “Stand By Me,” “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” and “Singin’ in the Rain.” In addition, Sony/ATV represents the copyrights of such legendary artists as the Beatles, Leonard Cohen, Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, Carole King, Kraftwerk, Joni Mitchell, Willie Nelson, Roy Orbison, Queen, the Rolling Stones, Richie Sambora, Sting, the Supremes, Wyclef Jean, Hank Williams and Stevie Wonder, among others. Its ever growing list of chart-topping artists, writers and producers includes Akon, Fall Out Boy, Jessie J, Norah Jones, Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga, John Mayer, Pink, RedOne, Shakira, Ed Sheeran, Stargate, Taylor Swift and Kanye West.
CHARLES RANDOLPH-WRIGHT (Director)
Theatre directing credits include Motown The Musical (on Broadway, the national tour, and London), the new musical Born For This (co-written with Bebe Winans), the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Ruined and Sophisticated Ladies at Arena Stage, the 75th Anniversary International Tour of Porgy and Bess, Love/Life at Lincoln Center (with Brian Stokes Mitchell), the National Tour of Guys and Dolls (starring Maurice Hines), and They’re Playing Our Song (in Brasil in Portuguese). Randolph-Wright wrote the plays Blue (starring Phylicia Rashad and Diahann Carroll), The Night Is A Child (starring JoBeth Williams), Cuttin’ Up, co-wrote Just Between Friends - Bea Arthur on Broadway, and the upcoming new play Love in Afghanistan. Charles directed the award-winning film “Preaching to the Choir,” and has written screenplays for HBO, Showtime, Disney, and Fox. Television credits include directing the series “Greenleaf,” “Lincoln Heights,” “South of Nowhere,” the music special “America America,” the “Freestyle” football commercial for Nike, and producing and writing the Showtime series “Linc’s.” www.Randolph-wright.com
PATRICIA WILCOX (Choreographer)
Broadway: Motown The Musical (Astaire Award and NAACP Awards) and A Night with Janis Joplin. Off-Broadway/national tours: Little Shop of Horrors (Encore/City Center starring Jake Gyllenhaal), Children’s Letters to God, Bowfire (and PBS television special), Blues in the Night (NAACP nomination), and Seussical. West End: Motown The Musical. Selected Regional: The Kennedy Center, Pasadena Playhouse, Arizona Theatre Company, Pioneer Theatre Company, Missouri Repertory Theatre, The Alley Theatre, Goodspeed Opera House, and Paper Mill Playhouse. She has staged original works for the Houston Symphony, Minnesota Pops, Phoenix Symphony, Norwegian Cruise Line, and she has also created numbers for ice skating gold medalists Viktor Petrenko, Ilia Kulik, Katya Gordeeva, Miki Ando and ice dancing teams for the 2006, 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics.
WARREN ADAMS (Choreographer)
MOTOWN: Broadway, US TOURS, West End (Fred Astaire Award, NAACP Theatre Award) BORN FOR THIS (Alliance and Arena ) Adams is an award winning producer director, choreographer and an adjunct professor at NYU and Princeton University in the theater department. He recently directed the film documentary Africa Straight Up and also choreographed the Pulitzer Prize-winning Off-Broadway plays How I Learned to Drive and Ruined. Other notable credits include the opera Magdalena at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris, Toy Story the Musical for Disney and Nora Ephron’s last film Julie & Julia starring Meryl Streep. His theatrical work has been presented at New York City Center, the Joyce, 2nd Stage, South Coast Rep, Teatro du Municipal Sao Paulo, Theatre for a New Audience, the Intiman, the Geffen and several dance companies. Upcoming Works include directing Michael Ogborn’s TRIAL OF THE CENTURY and Gilbert Bailey’s BOUT TO BLOW. Born and raised in South Africa, he won the Nelson Mandela/Sainsbury Scholarship to study at the Rambert Ballet in London. He is a graduate of Brunel University in England and winner of the Rudolf Nureyev Award. www.WarrenAdams.me.
ETHAN POPP (Music Supervision, Orchestrations, Arrangements)
Awards: 2016 NAACP Theatre Award (Motown The Musical), 2014 Grammy Award Nomination (Motown The Musical Original Cast Recording, Music Producer), 2013 Tony Award Nomination (Motown The Musical, Best Orchestrations). Theater: Jay Chou’s The Secret (Beijing; Orchestrator), School Of Rock (Broadway; Music Supervisor), Hedwig And The Angry Inch (2014 Tony Award Winner, Best Revival of a Musical Broadway; Music Supervisor), Motown The Musical (Broadway, U.S. Tour, London; Music Supervisor, Arranger, Orchestrator), Rock Of Ages (2009 Tony Award Nomination, Best Musical; Broadway, U.S. Tour, London, Australia; Music Supervisor, Arranger, Orchestrator), Disney’s Tarzan (Broadway), We Will Rock You (German Premiere), Disney’s Aida (European Premiere), Mamma Mia! (German Premiere) among others. Film: “The Greatest Showman” starring Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron and Zendaya (20th Century Fox, Music Director). Television: “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” (HBO; Music Director, Composer, Arranger), “Smash” (NBC/Universal; Music Producer, Arranger, Orchestrator), “A Capitol Fourth” (PBS; Arranger, Orchestrator), “The 2011 Primetime Emmy Awards” (FOX; Conductor), “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” (NBC; Music Director, Arranger, Orchestrator), “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” (NBC; Music Director, Arranger, Orchestrator). Love to Vanessa and Aldrin! www.ethanpopp.com
DAVID KORINS (Scenic Design)
Broadway: Dear Evan Hansen, Hamilton (Tony Nom.), War Paint, Misery, Motown, Vanya and Sonia…, Annie, Bring It On, Magic/Bird, An Evening with Patti Lupone and Mandy Patinkin, Godspell, Chinglish, The Pee-wee Herman Show, Lombardi, Passing Strange & Bridge and Tunnel. TV: Grease: Live! (Emmy Award). Concert: Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga, Kanye West, Sia, Mariah Carey, Andrea Boccelli. Extensive off-Broadway/Regional theater, hospitality, event & experience design. Dad: Stella & Vivian. @davidkorins
EMILIO SOSA (Costume Design)
Radio City Spectacular (2015- 2016). Broadway: On Your Feet!; Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, Motown: The Musical (West End, 1st National Tour, NAACP Theater Award); Porgy and Bess (Tony nomination, NAACP Theatre Award), Topdog/Underdog. Off-Broadway:By the Way, Meet Vera Stark (Lucille Lortell Award, NAACP Theatre Award), Invisible Thread,Sex With Strangers, Crowns, The Invisible Hand, Sunset Baby, Detroit ‘67, The Misanthrope. Regional: Twist (L.A. Ovation Award), Immediate Family, Marley, American Night: The Ballad of Juan José, Ruined, Cutting Up, Señor Discretion Himself (Helen Hayes nomination), Witness Uganda, Fences, Turandot: The Rumble for the Ring, Pippin, Ain’t Misbehavin,’ Sense & Sensibility The Musical. Project Runway finalist; Trustees, American Theatre Wing.
NATASHA KATZ (Lighting Design)
has designed extensively for theatre, opera, and dance around the world. She is a six-time Tony Award winner whose recent Broadway credits include: Cats, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, School of Rock, An American in Paris, Aladdin, Skylight, The Glass Menagerie, Once, Follies, The Coast of Utopia: Salvage, and Aida. Opera/dance/other include: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Royal Ballet), Cinderella (Dutch National Ballet), Buried Child (National Theatre, London), Cyrano (the Met), Carnival of the Animals (NYCB), Swan Lake (Edinburgh Festival). Concert acts: Shirley MacLaine, Ann-Margret and Tommy Tune. Permanent lighting installations: Niketown NYC and London and the Big Bang at the Museum of Natural History in NYC.
PETER HYLENSKI (Sound Design)
Grammy, Olivier and four time Tony award nominated. Selected Designs include: Something Rotten, Rock of Ages, After Midnight, Motown, The Scottsboro Boys, Side Show, Rocky, Bullets Over Broadway, Shrek the Musical, On A Clear Day, Lend Me A Tenor, Elf, Wonderland, Cry Baby, The Times They Are A-Changin’, The Wedding Singer, Sweet Charity, Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, Little Women, Brooklyn. Other credits: Le Reve and ShowStoppers at Wynn Las Vegas, Ragtime (London), Rocky Das Musical (Hamburg, Stuttgart), King Kong (Melbourne), Bull Durham, Mame, Gotta Dance, Anastasia. International arena tours of How To Train Your Dragon and Walking with Dinosaurs.
DANIEL BRODIE (Projection Designer)
Designs include Basil Twist’s Behind the Lid, Arias with a Twist and The Rite of Spring, as well as Christopher Wheeldon’s Cinderella and The Winter’s Tale. His designs for Broadway include Motown the Musical, Jekyll & Hyde and Disney’s Aladdin. He has also created large-scale video designs for hip-hop artist Kanye West and for the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.
CHARLES G. LAPOINTE (Hair & Wig Design)
Broadway: Hamilton, On Your Feet, Allegiance, Color Purple (Revival), Holiday Inn, Violet, Gentleman’s Guide…, After Midnight, Of Mice and Men, Julius Caesar, Fences, Clybourne Park, Newsies, The Columnist, Magic/Bird, Bonnie & Clyde, The Mountaintop, Women on the Verge, The Merchant of Venice, Memphis, Henry IV, The Rivals, Cymbeline, Lombardi, Looped, The Miracle Worker, Superior Donuts, 33 Variations, Guys and Dolls, In the Heights, Jersey Boys, The Color Purple, Martin Short, Good Vibrations, The Apple Tree, A Raisin in the Sun, Cat…, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Radio Golf, Sight Unseen, High Fidelity, Xanadu and Bring It On.
BRYAN CROOK (Orchestrations, Additional Arrangements)
is a Tony-nominated orchestrator, producer, composer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist for Broadway, TV and films. In addition to playing woodwinds for The Book of Mormon on Broadway, his work can be heard in Ice Age 4 (FOX), “Smash” (NBC), The 2011 Billboard Music Awards and the 2011 Emmy Awards. He has several projects in development, including Mighty Cindy Cypress, a children's show. His most important credits, however, are as a husband to Hilary and father to Liam, Ethan and Henry.
ZANE MARK (Dance Music Arrangements)
Broadway: Hollar If You Hear Me; Motown The Musical; Pippin; Leap of Faith; All ShookUp; Dirty Rotten Scoundrels; Never Gonna Dance; The Full Monty; Bring in ’da Noise, Bring in ’da Funk (Tony and Grammy nominations); Bubblin’ Brown Sugar; The Wiz. Off-Broadway and regional: Smart People; Frog Kiss, Crowns, The Brother/Sister Plays, Ray Charles Live, Imagine Tap, Radiant Baby, George Wolfe’s Harlem Song (AUDELCO Award), Thunder Knocking on the Door, Insurrection, Betsy Brown. Movies: Rosenwald; The Dancer Chronicles, Lackawanna Blues, Frances Ford Coppola’s The Cotton Club.
JOSEPH JOUBERT (Music Director/Conductor)
MOTOWN (Broadway 2016 and first national tour), MEMPHIS Broadway tour; WICKED at the Pantages Theater (substitute conductor); DREAMGIRLS national tour (associate conductor); Disney’s THE LION KING tour (vocal coach/assistant conductor); INNOCENCE (Banff Centre and Manhattan Theatre Club); NEXT TO NORMAL, SWING! (McCoy/Rigby); CAROUSEL, LI’l ABNER (Reprise); CAMELOT, 1776 (Utah Shakespearean Festival); guest conductor for ERASURE (Palm Springs Convention Center).
DARRYL ARCHIBALD (Musical Director, Conductor)
Credits as orchestrator, arranger, conductor, producer, musical director include Broadway’s Nice Work If You Can Get It, Leap of Faith; Caroline or Change; The Color Purple; Billy Elliot. Off-Broadway: Violet, Three Mo’ Tenors; Three Mo’ Divas. TV: “We Shall Not Be Moved;” “Macy’s Fireworks 2010.” Film: Nights in Rodanthe. Recording: Fantasia’s “I’m Here;” Century Men’s Beautiful Star; Total Praise, Broadway Inspirational Voices’ Great Joy. Accompanist/arrangements include Patti Labelle, Ashford & Simpson, Diana Ross, George Benson, and Kathleen Battle (White House and Carnegie Hall). Grammy, Emmy and Drama Desk Award nominee.
WOJCIK|SEAY CASTING (Casting)
is Scott Wojcik and Gayle Seay. Along with Holly Buczek, they cast all mediums. Tours: Vocalosity, Flashdance, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Jekyll & Hyde (national and Korean), Dreamgirls (Korean tour), Joseph…Dreamcoat, Oklahoma! and A Chorus Line. Off-Broadway current and past: Othello: The Remix, The Portal, Tennessee Williams’ The Two Character Play with Amanda Plummer and Brad Dourif, Handle with Care with Carol Lawrence, Triassic Parq, National Pastime, 666 and more. Regional: multiple seasons/shows for Riverside Theatre, Fla.; The Engeman Theatre, N.Y.; Theatre Raleigh, N.C.; Stages St. Louis, Mo.; Theatre Aspen, Colo.; and Tuacahn PAC, Utah. Pilots: “Upstate” and “Stand-In.” Films: Best Man in the Dark, Tommy Battles the Silver Sea Dragon, My Prologue. Webseries: “The Fuzz.” Many commercials. Currently: “The Hunt with John Walsh” on CNN. wscasting.com.
TELSEY + COMPANY (Original Casting)
Broadway/tours: Anastasia; Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; Hello, Dolly!; War Paint; Present Laughter; Come from Away; Paramour; Waitress; On Your Feet!; Hamilton; Kinky Boots; Wicked; The King and I; An American in Paris; The Sound of Music. Off-Broadway: Atlantic, Classic Stage Company, LAByrinth, MCC, Second Stage, Signature. Regional: A.R.T., La Jolla, McCarter, New York Stage and Film, Paper Mill, Williamstown. Film: Into the Woods, Margin Call, Rachel Getting Married, Across the Universe, Camp, Pieces of April. TV: “Hairspray Live!,” “Conviction,” “This Is Us,” “Grease Live!,” “The Wiz Live!,” “Flesh and Bone,” “Masters of Sex,” “Smash,” “The Big C,” commercials. Telseyandco.com.
J. JARED JANAS (Makeup Design)
Broadway designs include makeup for The Visit and The Real Thing, wigs and special makeup effects for Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, wigs and makeup for The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, hair for Peter and the Starcatcher, and wigs for All About Me and Next to Normal. TV/film includes “30 Rock,” “Gotham,” “Mozart in the Jungle,” “Master of None,” Lola Versus, Angelica, and Six by Sondheim.
DAVID GOLDSMITH (Script Consultant)
Imagine This (lyrics, Theatre Royal, Plymouth and London, West End; a filmed version of the West End production is part of the PBS catalogue); Having It All (book and lyrics, Los Angeles; Ovation nominee, Best Musical, Best Book). Invisible Thread (Story Consultant - 2nd Stage Theatre, Diane Paulus, dir.) Thanks to BG, DS, CB, BB, NNL, CRW and KM.
DICK SCANLAN (Script Consultant)
has been involved with many acclaimed shows as a writer (Everyday Rapture, Thoroughly Modern Millie—2002 Tony Award, Best Musical) and director (Little Shop of Horrors at Encores! Off-Center, starring Jake Gyllenhaal). He has been a Motown fanatic since his mother bought him a Supremes record in 1967. Thanks, mom. Thanks, Berry Gordy.
ROD LEMMOND (Associate Scenic Designer)
has been the lead associate on more than 200 shows and projects. Broadway credits include Hamilton, War Paint, Misery, Motown, Annie, Chinglish, The Pee-wee Herman Show, Lombardi, and Passing Strange. Rod has also worked Off-Broadway, regionally and in TV and film.
SCHELE WILLIAMS (Staging / Associate Director)
has directed numerous Broadway Concerts at the Gershwin Theatre in New York, including Uprising of Love, Defying Inequality, for which she received a New York City Proclamation, and From Broadway to Bourbon Street. She had directed at numerous regional theatres including: The Kennedy Center, The Village Theatre, Human Race Theatre, Weston Playhouse, Ogunquit Theatre, TheaterWorks, NYMTF, and NAMT. Schele is an adjunct professor at NYU New Studio on Broadway and is co founder of Parlor Night, a pop up entertainment experience and Blink Twice Productions.
BRIAN HARLAN BROOKS (Associate Choreographer)
Training at the Dance Theater of Harlem, and The Alvin Ailey American Dance Centre, The William Esper Studio. Since then performing with, Forces of Nature, Philadelphia Dance Company (Philidanco), Joseph Holmes Chicago Dance Theatre, Deeply Rooted Dance Theatre; the tour of Vinette Carole’s Your Arms Too Short Box with God, Donald Byrd/The Group, Williams/Henry Danse Theatre, Earl Moseley’s Diversity of Dance, and The Color Purple first National Tour (Dance Captain). TV and Film, Across the Universe, Lifted a Fox Searchlight Film, and the HBO series Boardwalk Empire. Working as rehearsal director for Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, Donald Byrd/The Group, Ailey Camp Missouri Site Director, and Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet.
ANNA R. KALTENBACH (Production Stage Manager)
Broadway/NY: Motown, Broadway Advocacy Coalition, Broadway Inspirational Voices. Tours: Once, Memphis, Shrek, A Chorus Line, Mamma Mia!, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Joseph... (Tokyo). West End: Motown. Regional: Marriott Lincolnshire, Chicago Shakespeare, Other Theatre Company, Western Stage, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, Colorado Ballet, Opera Colorado. Proud AEA member.
RALPH STAN LEE (Stage Manager)
is pleased to join Motown. Some of his favorite credits are: National tours of Dreamgirls; Hello, Dolly!; Cinderella; A Christmas Story; and Nice Work If You Can Get It. Regional: Whorl Inside a Loop (Second Stage), Porgy & Bess (Spoletto) and A Christmas Carol (N.C. Shakes). Ralph would like to thank Work Light and Mr. Gordy for this opportunity.
AMBER JOHNSON (Assistant Stage Manager)
is thrilled to be working with MOTOWN again. Touring Credits: The Phantom of the Opera (North American Tour), MOTOWN The Musical (1st National), The Book of Mormon (Chicago Tour), and Jersey Boys (Chicago Tour). Chicago credits include West Side Story, Mamma Mia!, and Oklahoma! (Paramount Theatre) and GYPSY, Seussical The Musical, and SHREK the Musical (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre). Other regional credits include Williamstown Theatre Festival and Antelope Valley Ballet. Amber graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a BFA in Theatre. As always, Boomer Sooner!
ALLIED LIVE (Marketing and Press)
is a full-service marketing/advertising agency representing national tours, performing arts institutions and experiential entertainment entities throughout North America. Current touring clients: Hamilton, The Book of Mormon, An American in Paris, Something Rotten!, Rent 20th Anniversary Tour, Kinky Boots, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, Mamma Mia!, Motown The Musical, Once, Elf and Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. Upcoming tours include School of Rock and The Humans.
WORK LIGHT PRODUCTIONS (General Management)
Dedicated to creating and producing live entertainment. General management for Something Rotten! and Motown. Producers of Rent 20th anniversary tour, Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella, Mamma Mia!, White Christmas. Currently developing Clue, a new stage play based on the Paramount movie. Produced Julie Andrews, The Gift of Music at The Hollywood Bowl and London’s O2 Arena. Other recent touring productions include the Tony Award-winners American Idiot, In the Heights and Avenue Q. WLP is led by founding partner and President Stephen Gabriel and Vice President Nancy Gabriel. worklightproductions.com.
PORT CITY TECHNICAL (Production Management)
is a production management company based in Charleston, S.C. Current tours with Work Light Productions include Mamma Mia!, Rent, Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella and White Christmas. “We are thrilled to be working with them again on Motown and Something Rotten
KEVIN MCCOLLUM (Producer)
has received three Tony Awards for Best Musical for In the Heights (2008), Avenue Q (2004), and Rent (1996), which was also awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. He also produced The Drowsy Chaperone (2006, winner of 5 Tonys), and most recently, Something Rotten!, Hand To God, and Motown the Musical on Broadway. He will be represented on Broadway this spring by The Play That Goes Wrong and also on tour by Something Rotten! Mr. McCollum was trained at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music and earned his master’s from the University of Southern California.
DOUG MORRIS (Producer)
is widely considered the most influential executive in the music industry. Currently CEO of Sony Music Entertainment, he has worked with many of the most popular artists of the past four decades, including the Rolling Stones, Phil Collins, Pete Townshend, Led Zeppelin, Stevie Nicks, Bette Midler, Tori Amos, INXS, Mariah Carey, Jay-Z, Stevie Wonder and U2. He is on the board of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, he has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and he has been recognized by numerous organizations for his outstanding contributions to music. Morris is also the founder of VEVO, the top music entertainment destination on the web, and previously spent 15 years as worldwide chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group. He began his career as a songwriter and producer, with credits including the Chiffons’ “Sweet Talkin’ Guy” and Brownsville Station’s “Smokin’ in the Boys Room.”
NANSCI NEIMAN-LEGETTE (Executive Producer)
After a noteworthy career as Executive Vice President and Publisher of Warner Books and West Coast Publisher of Penguin Putnam, Nansci became Berry Gordy’s Chief Operating Officer in 2004. She has helped shepherd the show from first pages to this production.