Motown The Musical To Hold Open Auditions For Upcoming UK Tour

The producers of Motown the musical are to hold open auditions in June for their upcoming UK and Ireland tour.

Motown The Musical at the Shaftesbury Theatre

The Cast Of Motown The Musical. Photo: Alastair Muir

This autumn, Motown the Musical will embark on its first ever UK and Ireland Tour whilst the show continues to play at Shaftesbury Theatre in London’s West End.

The producers announced today that they will be holding open auditions for talented child and adult performers to play iconic Motown artists in the touring production.

The open auditions will take place on Saturday 16 June on stage at Manchester Opera House and Sunday 17 June at the workshop spaces in Birmingham Conservatoire.

The producers are looking for black and mixed-race boys, aged between 8-13 with unbroken voices and under 4’11” to play Little Michael Jackson, Little Stevie Wonder and Little Berry Gordy. Children auditionees will be taught a short dance routine and the song I Want You Back. Please bring trainers, comfortable clothes to dance in and plenty of water. The children’s auditions will be from 10.00am-1.00pm with registration from 9.00am to10.00am.

In addition, producers are also looking for black and mixed-race male and female performers aged over 18 to portray the iconic stars of the Motown era. They must have fantastic singing voices with dance/movement and acting skills. Auditionees need to prepare two Motown songs with the sheet music (no backing tracks) and will need to bring a CV and recent photograph/headshot. The adult auditions will be from 2.00pm to 5.00pm with registration from 1.00pm to 2.00pm.

Charles Randolph-Wright, Director of the show said: “Not only will you get to play Michael Jackson, you will also step into the shoes of young Berry Gordy and Stevie Wonder.  We are looking for boys who have excellent singing and acting skills and of course, you must also be able to move like Michael!”.

Natalie Gallacher at Pippa Ailion Casting, Casting Director of Motown the Musical said “Since we opened the show in London we have had the pleasure of working with some great children. We are now looking for the next group of boys from across the UK to join us in our brand-new tour to play one of the most iconic roles in the music industry, Michael Jackson.  If you are male, black or mixed race, aged 8 to 13 years old, then we would love to see you at our open auditions. We are also always excited to find brand new undiscovered talent for our adult company. If you’re black or mixed race, aged over 18 and have a passion for singing and performing we’d love to see you”.

Saturday 16 June at Manchester Opera House: 3 Quay St, Manchester M3 3HP

  • Children’s auditions will be from 10.00am-1.00pm with registration from 9.00am to10.00am
  • Adult auditions will be from 2.00pm to 5.00pm with registration from 1.00pm to 2.00pm

Sunday 17 June at Birmingham Conservatoire: The Workshop Spaces, Birmingham City University, 200 Jennens Rd, Birmingham B4 7XR

  • Children’s auditions will be from 10.00am-1.00pm with registration from 9.00am to10.00am
  • Adult auditions will be from 2.00pm to 5.00pm with registration from 1.00pm to 2.00pm

The tour opens at the Birmingham Alexandra Theatre on 11 October 2018 and will play in venues across the country until late 2019. Click to view the UK Tour schedule.

The London production of Motown the Musical continues to play to standing ovations at the Shaftesbury Theatre where it has entered its third year and is currently booking until 5 January 2019.

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