Charl Brown (Sister Act) will play Smokey Robinson in Motown: The Musical, producers announced today. Morgan James (Godspell) and Saycon Sengbloh (Hair) also join the ensemble cast of 40. Motown: The Musical begins performances March 11 at the Lunt-Fontanne.
Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, Motown: The Musical features a book by Berry Gordy and music and lyrics from the legendary Motown catalogue. The show is billed as "the real story of the one-of-a-kind sound that hit the airwaves in 1959 and changed our culture forever."
As previously announced, Tony Award nominee Brandon Victor Dixon (The Color Purple) and Valisia LeKae (The Book of Mormon) will star as Berry Gordy and Diana Ross. In addition to Morgan James and Saycon Sengbloh, the ensemble features Timothy J. Alex, Nicholas Christopher, Bryan Terrell Clark, Rebecca E. Covington, Ariana DeBose, Andrea Dora, Preston W. Dugger III, Wilkie Ferguson, Dionne Figgins, Marva Hicks, Sasha Hutchings, Lauren Lim Jackson, John Jellison, Crystal Joy, Grasan Kingsberry, Marielys Molina, Sydney Morton, Jarran Muse, Jesse Nager, Milton Craig Nealy, N'Kenge, Dominic Nolfi, Ryan Shaw, Jamal Story, Eric LaJuan Summers, Ephraim Sykes, Julius Thomas III, Daniel J. Watts and Donald Webber, Jr. Additional casting will be announced.
The creative team will feature choreography by Patricia Wilcox and Warren Adams, scenic design by David Korins (Bring It On: The Musical), costume design by Tony Award nominee ESosa (The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess), lighting design by Tony Award winner Natasha Katz (Once), sound design by Tony Award nominee Peter Hylenski (Rock of Ages), and projection design by Daniel Brodie (Jekyll and Hyde).
Motown: the Musical will feature arrangements and orchestrations by Ethan Popp (Rock of Ages), with co-orchestrations and additional arrangements by Bryan Crook (Smash), dance arrangements by Zane Mark (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) and music direction by Joseph Joubert (Nice Work If You Can Get It).