Berry Gordy to hold auditions at Motown museum Oct. 21



    Detroiters: Is that you singing “Stop! In the Name of Love” as if you were a junior Diana Ross? Or maybe you can croon “What’s Going On” with some of the silky heartbreak of Marvin Gaye?

    Now’s your chance to show off your Hitsville chops, as Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr. and his co-producers of “Motown: The Musical” will hold auditions in Detroit at 9 a.m. Tuesday Oct. 21, at the Motown Historical Museum.

    Gordy, Kevin McCollum and Doug Morris announced an open call casting search Thursday for African-American singers for both the Broadway production of “Motown: The Musical” (currently on hiatus), and the national tour. A London production will also launch in 2015.

    The auditions will be held Oct. 21 at 2648 W. Grand Blvd., the historic Hitsville U.S.A. location, where so much Motown music was recorded in Studio A. Aspiring performers will audition in Studio A.

    Producers are seeking African-American men and women, from their 20s to their 40s, “with exceptional voices.”

    They are also seeking an 8-13-year-old African-American boy to play a triple role, enacting the young Michael Jackson, the young Berry Gordy and the young Stevie Wonder. Prior theatrical experience is not necessary, and all vocal parts are encouraged to attend.


    ■When: Tuesday, Oct. 21

    ■Time: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. (sign-in begins at 8:30 a.m.)

    ■Location: Motown Historical Museum, 2648 W Grand Blvd., Detroit.

    What to Bring:

    ■Sheet music for a song of choice from the Motown songbook that best features vocal range.

    ■A picture and resume including contact information (cellphone, email) stapled together. A recent snapshot is sufficient in the absence of a formal headshot. An accompanist will be provided.

    For more information on the open call auditions, go to

    For more details about what to bring and what to prepare, email

    “Motown: The Musical” will run at Detroit’s Fisher Theatre from Oct. 21 – Nov. 16, 2014. Single tickets are now on sale, available at all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 1-800-982-2787 or online at

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