Thursday, 26 November 2015

Further casting announced for Motown The Musical

Further casting has been announced for the West End production of Motown The Musical.

Former Broadway cast member Charl Brown (Smokey Robinson) and Sifiso Mazibuko (Marvin Gaye) join the previously announced Cedric Neal (Berry Gordy) and Lucy St. Louis (Diana Ross).

Newly announced cast members also include Portia Harry (Teena Marie) and Jordan Shaw (Stevie Wonder) who join Keisha Amponsa Banson (Mary Wells), Cherelle Williams (Mary Wilson), Cindy Belliot (Anna Gordy), Samuel Edwards (Jackie Wilson), Aisha Jawando (Martha Reeves), Joshua Liburd (Eddie Kendricks), Simeon Montague (Jermaine Jackson),  Cleopatra Rey (Gladys Knight) and Brandon Lee Sears (Tito Jackson).

12 year old Eshan Gopal from Kingsbury, London, 13 year old Kwame Kandekore from Leicester and 11 year old Joshua Tikarefrom Bromley will alternate the role of Young Michael Jackson. 

Newly announced ensemble members/swings are Christopher Fry, Alex Hammond, Edward Handoll, Elias Hendricks, Brian James Leys, Jayde Nelson, Simone Mistry Palmer, Carl Spencer and Marcel J Whyte who join Daniel Bailey, Edward Baruwa, Tanya Nicola Edwards, Eddie Elliot, Portia Harry and Simon Ray Harvey.

Earlier this week it was announced that Motown the Musical will return to Broadway for an 18 week run in July next year. The West End production will open at the Shaftesbury Theatre on 8th March 2016 (previews from 11th February) and is booking until 22nd October 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’s Broadway debut in 2011 was in the original cast of Sister Act. Brown is currently travelling across the United States with his group The Doowop Project.

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 & 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. His film credits include Pretville.

Photo Credit: Hugo Glendinning

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