MOTOWN visionary Berry Gordy has launched an online search for a budding star to portray himself, Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder in a soulful new musical.The music executive has taken to YouTube.com in an effort to “discover” an African-American performer, aged eight to 11, who can play all three roles in upcoming Broadway production, Motown The Musical.
Candidates will perform one of the following songs — I Want You Back, I’ll Be There or Who’s Loving You.
Launching the audition process on the video sharing website on Tuesday, Gordy said, “I’m not looking for imitators. 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 says that the qualities he’s looking for in the actor who plays him as a kid include being “funny, a scamp, a little bit of a hustler.”
Motown tells the story of Gordy protégés who went on to become some of the greatest superstars of all time.
The show will feature a book by Berry Gordy and hits from the Motown catalogue, including songs made famous by Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, Diana Ross and The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Michael Jackson and The Jackson Five.