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Currently playing to sold-out houses at the Shaftesbury Theatre in London’s West End, and soon to embark on its first ever UK and Ireland Tour, Motown the Musical producers have today announced they will be holding open auditions for talented child and adult performers to play iconic Motown artists such as Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, and many more, in the upcoming the touring production.
The open auditions will take place on Saturday 16 June on stage at Manchester Opera House.
With music and lyrics from the Motown catalogue and book by Motown founder Berry Gordy, Charles Randolph-Wright’s production features a live 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 and tells the story behind the classic hits.
The producers are looking for black and mixed-race boys, aged between 8-13 with unbroken voices and under 4’11” to play Little Michael Jackson, Little Stevie Wonder and Little Berry Gordy. Children auditionees will be taught a short dance routine and the song I Want You Back. Please bring trainers, comfortable clothes to dance in and plenty of water. The children’s auditions will be from 10.00am-1.00pm with registration from 9.00am to10.00am.
In addition, producers are also looking for black and mixed-race male and female performers aged over 18 to portray the iconic stars of the Motown era. They must have fantastic singing voices with dance/movement and acting skills. Auditionees need to prepare two Motown songs with the sheet music (no backing tracks) and will need to bring a CV and recent photograph/headshot. The adult auditions will be from 2.00pm to 5.00pm with registration from 1.00pm to 2.00pm.
Natalie Gallacher at Pippa Ailion Casting, Casting Director of Motown the Musical said:
“Since we opened the show in London we have had the pleasure of working with some great children. We are now looking for the next group of boys from across the UK to join us in our brand-new tour to play one of the most iconic roles in the music industry, Michael Jackson. If you are male, black or mixed race, aged 8 to 13 years old, then we would love to see you at our open auditions. We are also always excited to find brand new undiscovered talent for our adult company. If you’re black or mixed race, aged over 18 and have a passion for singing and performing we’d love to see you”.
The tour opens at the Birmingham Alexandra Theatre on 11 October 2018 and will play in venues across the country until late 2019.
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