Motown legend Berry Gordy is looking for talent that will give him “chills,” including a child between the ages of 8 and 11 that will play Michael Jackson.
Gordy and producers behind a just confirmed Broadway production titled “Motown: The Musical” launched a nationwide video search Tuesday.
“I’m not looking for imitators,” says Gordy. “What I’m looking for is people that are smart and can be themselves in the role. He has to be extremely talented, plus he has to give me the same chills that I got when I saw Michael Jackson in the first place.”
Gordy is also looking for talent that can take on the role of Stevie Wonder and himself in the upcoming production.
Scheduled to open Spring 2013, the show is written by Gordy with several songs lifted from the extensive Motown catalogue, including songs from Diana Ross and the Supremes, Smokey Robinson, The Temptations and Jackson.
Charles Randolph Wright will direct the production, tracing Gordy’s story as he assembled the legendary Motown roster of talent, building the Detroit music empire that crossed over to the mainstream.