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Motown the Musical - further casting announced

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CHARL Brown (as Smokey Robinson) and Sifiso Mazibuko (Marvin Gaye) will join the previously announced Cedric Neal (Berry Gordy) and Lucy St. Louis (Diana Ross) in the West End production of Motown the Musical, which runs at the Shaftesbury Theatre from March 8 (previews from February 11) to October 22, 2016.

Charl Brown’s previous portrayal of Smokey Robinson in the Broadway production of Motown the Musical earned him a 2013 Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Musical.

His earlier theatre credits include the role of Hud on the European Tour of Hair, Jersey Boys on Broadway and in Las Vegas and the Off-Broadway production of Walmartopia. Brown, who made his Broadway debut in 2011 in the original cast of Sister Act, is currently travelling across the United States with his group The Doowop Project.

Brown is appearing with the support of UK Equity, incorporating the Variety Artistes’ Federation, pursuant to an exchange program between American Equity and UK Equity.

Sifiso Mazibuko’s UK theatre credits include The Tempest for Flute Theatre, A Land Without People and The First Actress for Palindrome Productions, Hector at The Courtyard Theatre and Dancers performed in both London and New York. His American theatre credits include the theatre is a blank page produced by Anne Bogart, Ann Hamilton and the SITI company.

Mazibuko also performed in Shaka Zulu the Musical at the State Theatre in South Africa, was part of the Asian Tour of African Footprint and was in Dreamgirls the Musical in South Africa. He has also appeared in the film Pretville.

With just $800 borrowed from his family, Motown founder Berry Gordy, goes from featherweight boxer to heavyweight music mogul, discovering and launching the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and many more. Motown the Musical uncovers the true story of the legendary record label that changed music history and created the soundtrack of a generation.

Featuring a sixteen piece 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, Charles Randolph-Wright’s production tells the story behind the classic hits.

Earlier this week it was announced that Motown the Musical will return to Broadway for an 18 week run in July next year.

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