Producers seek young man to play Michael Jackson
FILE - This Feb. 11, 2012 file photo shows Motown Records founder Berry Gordy Jr. arriving at the Pre-GRAMMY Gala & Salute to Industry Icons with Clive Davis honoring Richard Branson in Beverly Hills, Calif. A musical based on the life of legendary Motown Records founder Berry Gordy is set to open on Broadway next year. Producers are seeking a talented young actor to play a pre-teen Gordy as well as a young Michael Jackson and a precocious Stevie Wonder. (AP Photo/Vince Bucci, file)
NEW YORK (AP) — Producers of a musical based on the life of Motown Records founder Berry Gordy are seeking an exceptionally talented young actor — one who can play a preteen Gordy, a young Michael Jackson and a precocious Stevie Wonder.
Gordy launched an audition website on Tuesday to help find the young man between the ages of 8 and 11 who can sing, dance and act like the King of Pop in his Jackson 5 days and Wonder at about age 11.
"Motown" will open on Broadway next spring.
Gordy says he's not looking for imitators, but someone who "can be themselves in the role" and give him "the same chills" he experienced when he first saw Jackson at age 10 in 1968.