‘Motown’ comes to the Schuster Center


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DAYTON — Producers Kevin McCollum, Doug Morris and Berry Gordy and Victoria Theatre Association will present “Motown the Musical,” April 11-16, in the Schuster Center in downtown Dayton.

Tickets cost $30-$97 and by phone at 888-228-3630 or online at ticketcenterstage.com.

Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, Motown the Musical” is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s 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 so many more.

Featuring more than 40 classic hits, including “My Girl” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “Motown the Musical” tells the story behind the hits as Diana, Smokey, Berry and the whole Motown family fought 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.

“Motown the Musical features” choreography by Patricia Wilcox and Warren Adams, scenic design by David Korins, costume design by Tony Award-nominee ESosa, lighting design by Tony Award-winner Natasha Katz, sound design by Tony Award-nominee Peter Hylenski, projection design by Daniel Brodie and hair and wig design by Charles LaPointe.

“Motown the Musical’s” arrangements and orchestrations are by Grammy- and Tony Award-nominee Ethan Popp, with co-orchestrations and additional arrangements by Tony Award-nominee Bryan Crook. Dance arrangements are by Zane Mark.

“Motown the Musical” is produced by Tony Award-winning producer Kevin McCollum, who produced “Rent,” “In the Heights,” and “Avenue Q,” Chairman and CEO of SONY Music Entertainment Doug Morris and Motown founder Berry Gordy.

Motown the Musical

CLIFTON OLIVER (Berry Gordy)
Clifton Oliver is honored to be a part of the Motown family. Broadway: The Lion King (Simba), In The Heights (Benny opposite Jordin Sparks), Wicked (Fiyero). Nat’l Tours: The Lion King (Simba), Rent (Benny & Collins), Ragtime (Ensemble). Regional: Pal Joey (Arkansas Rep.), Kinky Boots (Lola’s standby for Bill Porter), West Coast Tour of The Scottsboro Boys (Charlie/Victoria), Smokey Joe’s Cafe (Victor), Godspell (Judas) MUNY. Television: "Law and
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ALLISON SEMES (Diana Ross)
Chicago native. B.M. Opera at UIUC, M.M. from NYU-Steinhardt. Broadway credits: Motown the Musical, Florence Ballard & The Book of Mormon, Nabalungi U/S, Swing. Other credits include: The Color Purple National Tour, Dreamgirls, Bubbling Brown Sugar, The Wiz, Candide. I want to thank you Bethany and everyone at Telsey, Renee, my CCC/ KACC/ GIAME families, Momma & Poppa Bear, Emile, QVD, and my friends for the unconditional love and support!
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NICHOLAS CHRISTOPHER (Smokey Robinson)
Born in Bermuda and raised in Boston, MA. Studied at both The Boston Conservatory and The Juilliard School. 1st National Tour: In The Heights. Off-Broadway: Rent, Hurt Village. Thank you family, friends and SMS for your lurve and support.

JARRAN MUSE (Marvin Gaye)
A native Jersey boy couldn’t be happier living his dream. God is good yall. Broadway/NYC: Motown The Musical, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Dreamgirls; International Tours: American Idiot, Dreamgirls, Hairspray, 42nd Street. Regional Theater: Marriott Lincolnshire, Portland Center Stage (Will Parker in Oklahoma!), Goodspeed, Fulton Opera Houses, Pittsburgh CLO. Thank you to Mr. GORDY, Charles, and Telsey for this new opportunity to bring Marvin to stage
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ERICK BUCKLEY (Ensemble)
Broadway/National Tours: Valjean in Les Miserables, Uncle Fester in The Addams Family, Dave in The Full Monty, Piangi in The Phantom of the Opera, Gangster #1 Kiss Me, Kate, Roger in Grease

Motown the Musical

CLIFTON OLIVER (Berry Gordy)
Clifton Oliver is honored to be a part of the Motown family. Broadway: The Lion King (Simba), In The Heights (Benny opposite Jordin Sparks), Wicked (Fiyero). Nat’l Tours: The Lion King (Simba), Rent (Benny & Collins), Ragtime (Ensemble). Regional: Pal Joey (Arkansas Rep.), Kinky Boots (Lola’s standby for Bill Porter), West Coast Tour of The Scottsboro Boys (Charlie/Victoria), Smokey Joe’s Cafe (Victor), Godspell (Judas) MUNY. Television: "Law and
READ MORE ?

ALLISON SEMES (Diana Ross)
Chicago native. B.M. Opera at UIUC, M.M. from NYU-Steinhardt. Broadway credits: Motown the Musical, Florence Ballard & The Book of Mormon, Nabalungi U/S, Swing. Other credits include: The Color Purple National Tour, Dreamgirls, Bubbling Brown Sugar, The Wiz, Candide. I want to thank you Bethany and everyone at Telsey, Renee, my CCC/ KACC/ GIAME families, Momma & Poppa Bear, Emile, QVD, and my friends for the unconditional love and support!
READ MORE ?

NICHOLAS CHRISTOPHER (Smokey Robinson)
Born in Bermuda and raised in Boston, MA. Studied at both The Boston Conservatory and The Juilliard School. 1st National Tour: In The Heights. Off-Broadway: Rent, Hurt Village. Thank you family, friends and SMS for your lurve and support.

JARRAN MUSE (Marvin Gaye)
A native Jersey boy couldn’t be happier living his dream. God is good yall. Broadway/NYC: Motown The Musical, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Dreamgirls; International Tours: American Idiot, Dreamgirls, Hairspray, 42nd Street. Regional Theater: Marriott Lincolnshire, Portland Center Stage (Will Parker in Oklahoma!), Goodspeed, Fulton Opera Houses, Pittsburgh CLO. Thank you to Mr. GORDY, Charles, and Telsey for this new opportunity to bring Marvin to stage
READ MORE ?

ERICK BUCKLEY (Ensemble)
Broadway/National Tours: Valjean in Les Miserables, Uncle Fester in The Addams Family, Dave in The Full Monty, Piangi in The Phantom of the Opera, Gangster #1 Kiss Me, Kate, Roger in Grease

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