July 17, 2012


Is Your Child the Next Michael Jackson?

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Are you a proud parent who beams to your friends about how much your child "sounds EXACTLY like Michael Jackson when he sings?" First off, you're probably wrong; you're just blinded by his cuteness. But if he actually does a decent King of Pop imitation, you may able to cash in on your child's gift, as Motown Records founder Berry Gordy is launching a nationwide hunt for roles in the upcoming Motown: The Musical.

Gordy is looking to cast younger versions of himself, Stevie Wonder and Jackson. As the musical's website notes, Gordy wants to hear from you if you satisfy the following conditions: "You are ages 8–11, have a phenomenal high tenor singing voice, have rhythm and can move and sound like Michael Jackson in his Jackson 5 days."

Oh. And one other minor thing. "He has to give me the same chills that I got when I saw Michael Jackson in the first place," Gordy says in the video below, effectively knocking out 100% of auditioners. Aspiring MJs can upload a video of themselves to the site performing either "I Want You Back," "I'll Be There" or "Who's Loving You." Though if your 8-year-old does "Dirty Diana," that is ironic and hysterical and you should send that directly to us.  

Motown: The Musical, written by Gordy himself, is scheduled to open next spring on Broadway and covers the pioneering entrepreneur's founding and expanding of the label.