Producers of Motown The Musical have announced further casting for the London bound production.
Joining the previously announced Cedric Neal (Berry Gordy) and Lucy St. Louis (Diana Ross) are Charl Brown and Sifiso Mazibuko who will play Smokey Robinson and Marvin Gaye respectively.
Charl Brown previously portrayed Smokey Robinson in the Broadway production earning a 2013 Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Musical. His previous theatre credits include the 2011 original cast of Broadway smash hit Sister Act, Jersey Boys on Broadway and Las Vegas, European tour of Hair, and the Off-Broadway production of Walmartopia, US tours of Dream Girls, The Wizz, A Chorus Line, Jesus Christ Superstar, Chorus Line. 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.
Also joining the cast are Keisha Amponsa Banson (Mary Wells), Cindy Belliot (Anna Gordy), Samuel Edwards (Jackie Wilson), Portia Harry (Teena Marie), Aisha Jawando (Martha Reeves), Joshua Liburd (Eddie Kendricks), Simeon Montague (Jermaine Jackson), Cleopatra Rey (Gladys Knight), Brandon Lee Sears (Tito Jackson), Jordan Shaw (Stevie Wonder), Cherelle Williams (Mary Wilson). The role of Young Michael Jackson will be played by 12 year old Eshan Gopal from Kingsbury, London, 13 year old Kwame Kandekore from Leicester and 11 year old Joshua Tikare from Bromley.
Motown The Musical will begin previews from 11 February 2016, with press night on 8 March 2016 and is currently booking to 22 October 2016 at the Shaftesbury Theatre.