MOTOWN THE MUSICAL TO HOLD OPEN CALL AUDITIONS IN CHICAGO SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 AT THE ORIENTAL THEATRE

image002 (1)Producers Kevin McCollum, Doug Morris and Berry Gordy are proud to announce“Makin’ It Motown,” a nationwide open call casting search for African American singers for both the Broadway production of MOTOWN THE MUSICAL and the upcoming national tour, with a rare opportunity to audition for this hit Broadway musical at the Oriental Theatre (24 W. Randolph) on Saturday, September 14. The first national tour will launch in Chicago in April 2014 at the Oriental Theatre.

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is seeking African-American men and women, ages 20s-40s, with exceptional voices.  Also seeking an African-American boy, age 8 to 13, to play young Michael Jackson / Berry Gordy / Stevie Wonder. No prior theatre experience is necessary.

All candidates must have amazing soulful voices to play different performers from Motown history. All vocal parts are encouraged to attend.

What to bring

1.  Bring sheet music for a song of choice from the Motown songbook that best features vocal range.

2.  Bring a picture and resume including contact information (cell phone, 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 visit: http://www.motownthemusical.com/castin

For details about what to bring and what to prepare, email [email protected]

CHICAGO

Date: Saturday, September 14, 2013

Time: 11:00am – 2:00pm

Sign-In begins at 10:00am (unofficial sign-in will not be honored)

Location: Oriental Theatre

James M. Nederlander Way (North Alley behind the Oriental Theatre) Stage Door.

24 Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60601

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL, based on the life of iconic Motown founder Berry Gordy, featuring music and lyrics from the legendary Motown catalogue and a book by Berry Gordy, began performances March 11 at The Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (205 West 46th Street), and officially opened April 14.

Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is the real story of the one-of-a-kind sound that hit the airwaves in 1959 and changed our culture forever. This exhilarating show charts Motown Founder Berry Gordy’s incredible 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 many more.

Featuring all the classics you love, 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. Now, experience the next electrifying chapter in the Motown story, Broadway’s record-breaking smash hit MOTOWN THE MUSICAL!

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL’s creative team features choreography by Patricia Wilcox (Blues in the Night) 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 (OnceSister Act), sound design by Tony Award® nominee Peter Hylenski (Rock of AgesThe Scottsboro Boys), projection design by Daniel Brodie (Jekyll and Hyde).

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL features arrangements and orchestrations by Tony Award® nominee Ethan Popp (Rock of Ages), who also serves as musical supervisor for the 18 piece orchestra that reproduces the classic “Sound of Young America” for the Broadway stage, with co-orchestrations and additional arrangements by Tony Award® nominee Bryan Crook (“Smash”), dance arrangements by Zane Mark (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) and music direction by Joseph Joubert(Nice Work If You Can Get It).

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is produced by Tony Award® winning producer Kevin McCollum (RentIn the HeightsAvenue Q), Chairman and CEO of SONY Music Entertainment Doug Morris and Motown founder Berry Gordy.

TICKET INFORMATION

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is part of the Broadway In Chicago 2014 Spring Season.  Group tickets for 10 or more are now on sale by calling Broadway In Chicago Group Sales at (312) 977-1710. Individual tickets for MOTOWN THE MUSICALwill go on sale at a later date.  For more information, visit www.BroadwayInChicago.com orwww.MotownTheMusical.com/Chicago.