motown the musical young michael jackson auditions shaftesbury theatreMotown the Musical to hold open auditions to find a new young Michael Jackson

The West End production of Motown the Musical will hold open auditions next month on Saturday 18 March 2017 for the opportunity to portray the young Michael Jackson with the adult cast of the hit musical at the Shaftesbury Theatre.

Natalie Gallacher at Pippa Ailion Casting, Casting Director for Motown the Musical said: “Since we opened the show here in London we have had the pleasure of working with some great children. We are now looking for the next group of boys to join us at the Shaftesbury Theatre to play one of the most iconic roles in the music industry. If you are male, black or mixed race, aged 8 to 13 years old with an unbroken voice and you can to commute to London, then we would love to hear from you.”

Charles Randolph-Wright, Director of Motown the Musical, said: “We have previously found extraordinary talent to play Michael Jackson as well as young Berry Gordy and Stevie Wonder. We are again looking for boys who have excellent singing and acting skills and of course, must also be able to move like Michael!”

With music and lyrics from the Motown catalogue, the production features a sixteen-piece orchestra playing 50 tracks including Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, I’ll Be There, Dancing In The Street, Stop! In The Name Of Love, My Girl and I Heard It through the Grapevine.  Charles Randolph-Wright’s production tells the story behind the classic hits.

With just $800 borrowed from his family, Motown founder Berry Gordy, goes from featherweight boxer to heavyweight music mogul, discovering and launching the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and many more.  This Musical uncovers the true story of the legendary record label that changed music history and created the soundtrack of a generation.   T

 The Tony nominated Motown the Musical received its world premiere in April 2013 in New York with Berry Gordy and legendary artists Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, Mary Wilson, Gladys Knight and Stevie Wonder attending opening night.  The show began its West End run in February 2016 with Gordy, Robinson and Wilson once again supporting the show on opening night.  Subsequently, during the London run, The Four Tops and Martha Reeves have also visited the production.  The first US National Tour opened to critical acclaim in Spring 2014 in Chicago and continues to play to packed houses across America.

Open auditions for t he West End production will take place on Saturday 18 March 2017 at Hackney Empire, 291 Mare St, London E8 1EJ. Registration is between 9.30 – 10.30am. Auditions will commence from 10.15am and finish at 1pm. For further information please visit

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is playing at the Shaftesbury Theatre until 24 February 2018. Book tickets