Leads, director of Motown musical visit Hitsville

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on November 28, 2012 at 4:04 AM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 28 at 4:06 AM

DETROIT (AP) — The two lead actors and the director of the upcoming Broadway musical about Motown Records soaked up all things Motown in the place where it all began.

Brandon Victor Dixon plays the role of the trailblazing Detroit record label's founder, Berry Gordy. And Valisia LeKae portrays the label's legendary songstress, Diana Ross.

The actors along with director Charles Randolph-Wright were at the Motown Museum on Tuesday.

Dixon and LeKae visited Hitsville, U.S.A., to do some research for this spring's "Motown: The Musical," while Randolph-Wright was holding callback auditions for some minor parts and understudy roles.

Gordy is a producer of the show and also is contributing some original music that he wrote.

"Motown: The Musical" opens April 14 at New York's Lunt-Fontanne Theatre with preview performances to begin March 11.

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http://www.motownthemusical.com

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