Chester Gregory To Play Berry Gordy As Motown The Musical Returns To Broadway

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Chester Gregory To Play Berry Gordy As Motown The Musical Returns To Broadway
Posted by Wilson Morales

July 8, 2016

Chester Gregory

Distinguished actor, Chester Gregory, will return to Broadway this summer as he leads the 2016 return of the highly popular stage play: Motown the Musical as Berry Gordy. Performances begin on Tuesday, July 12 at the Nederlander Theatre at 208 West 41st Street, New York, NY.

Motown The Musical stars Chester Gregory (Hairspray, Sister Act) as Berry Gordy, Allison Semmes (Motown The Musical, The Book of Mormon) as Diana Ross, Jesse Nager (Motown The Musical, Mary Poppins) as Smokey Robinson, Jarran Muse (Motown The Musical, Dreamgirls) as Marvin Gaye, and J.J. Batteast (The Lion King) and Leon Outlaw, Jr. (Motown The Musical) as Young Berry Gordy/Stevie Wonder/Michael Jackson, leading a 33-member ensemble cast.

Motown The Musical

Featuring the music of the legendary Motown catalogue and a book by Berry Gordy, Motown The Musical is the real story of the one-of-a-kind sound that hit the airwaves in 1959 and changed our culture forever. Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, this exhilarating show charts Motown Founder Berry Gordy’s incredible journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and many more.

Featuring all the classics you love, Motown The Musical tells the story behind the hits as Diana, Smokey, Berry and the whole Motown family fight against the odds to create the soundtrack of change in America. Motown shattered barriers, shaped our lives and made us all move to the same beat.

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Motown The Musical concluded its original world premiere Broadway engagement on January 18, 2015 following 775 performances at The Lunt Fontanne Theatre. The original Broadway production grossed over $1 million a week regularly throughout its run and concluded as both a critical and audience favorite and a commercial success, having recouped its $18 million investment at the end of 2014.

Chester Gregory most recently starred in the Goodman Theatre’s revival of August Wilson’s Two Trains Running. His Broadway credits include Hairspray, Tarzan, Cry-Baby and Sister Act. He has toured nationally with Dreamgirls and Sister Act, and has starred in the one-man show, The Eve of Jackie Wilson, which he produced.

Chester Gregory Berry Gordy Motown The Musical

Gregory’s interminable talent, including an eight-octave vocal range, allowed him to earn the lead role in the The Jackie Wilson Story for Chicago’s Black Ensemble Theatre, for which he received critical acclaim. A showing of the same production at one of New York’s most celebrated stages, The Apollo Theater, earned Gregory high praise from the New York Times.

In 2013, Gregory’s The Eve of Jackie premiered in New York City and eventually went on to Chicago’s Black Ensemble Theater for a sold out premiere. That summer, his production was selected to headline The National Black Theatre Festival. Immediately after, Gregory returned to his originating role as “Officer Eddie Souther” in the 2013-2014 national tour of Sister Act. In March 2015, Gregory was cast in the revival of August Wilson’s Two Trains Running in the role of “Sterling” at the Goodman Theatre.

Before he got his Broadway start, Chester Gregory, a native of Gary, Indiana, taught acting classes and directed several productions at East Chicago Central High School and Indiana University Northwest.

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Gregory is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Joseph Jefferson Award; a NAACP Theatre Award and the Black Theater Alliance Award Winner for Best Actor in a Musical. He was presented with the key to the city of his hometown of Gary, Indiana and in East Chicago and has been chosen as an Honorary State Representative of Indiana. He also received an Honorary Doctorate from his alma mater Columbia College in Chicago.

Chester Gregory shows no signs of slowing down. He recently launched a creative company, Lucid Life™, and is currently producing several theater projects of his own and working on an upcoming album to be released in 2017.

Gregory’s other meaningful projects include charitable work with a focus on organizations that support individuals with special needs, specifically those individuals with Autism


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