A nationwide casting call for Motown the Musical will stop in Atlanta on Nov. 10. Producers are seeking African-American men and women, from their 20s to 40s, with “exceptional” voices. They’re also seeking an African-American boy, age 8 to 13, to play the young Michael Jackson / Berry Gordy / Stevie Wonder.

Motown-The-Musical-LogoMotown the Musical is based on the life of Motown founder Berry Gordy, and features music and lyrics from the Motown catalog — “ABC,” “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “Come See About Me,” “Dancing in the Street,” “Ball of Confusion,” “Baby I Need  Your Loving,” “I Hear a Symphony,” “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” and many others.

The Nov. 10 open call runs 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (sign-in begins at 10 a.m.) at the 14th Street Playhouse, Stage 3, 173 14th St. N.E. (at Juniper Street). Producers are seeking candidates with “amazing soulful voices” who can play various performers from Motown history. All vocal parts are encouraged to attend. Those auditioning should bring:

SHEET MUSIC  for a song of their choice from the Motown songbook that best features their vocal range. An accompanist will be provided.

A PHOTO AND RESUME including contact information (cellphone, email) stapled together. A recent snapshot is sufficient in the absence of a formal headshot.

Producers also are accepting auditions via YouTube. Details HERE.

For more details about what to bring and prepare for the audition, email casting@motownthemusical.com.

Motown the Musical opened April 14 on Broadway and continues to fill the 1,500-seat Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. These auditions are potentially for the Broadway production but primarily for the first national tour, which commences in April 2014 in Chicago, and will visit Atlanta at some point.

For more on the show itself, go HERE.

About Kathy Janich

Kathy Janich is a longtime arts journalist who has been seeing, working in or writing about the performing arts for most of her life. She's a member of the Theatre Communications Group, the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, Americans for the Arts and the National Arts Marketing Project. Full disclosure: She’s also an artistic associate at Synchronicity Theatre.

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