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Motown Musical Searches for Little Michael Jackson

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Jul 18, 2012 03:58 PM EDT |

File photo of pop star Michael Jackson performing during a show at the Mill Run Playhouse

File photo of pop star Michael Jackson performing during a show at the Mill Run Playhouse (Photo : Reuters)

Motown Records founder Berry Gordy is looking for a young musical star to play little Michael Jackson, young Stevie Wonder, and pre-teen Gordy himself.

The music mogul  launched an audition website on Tuesday to find a multi-talented African-American youth between 8 and 11 who can play three roles in upcoming production.

"I'm not looking for imitators," Gordy said in a video interview in the audition website. "What I'm looking for is people that are smart, and can be themselves in the role."

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"He has to be extremely talented, plus he has to give me the same chills that I got when I saw Michael Jackson in the first place," Gordy added.

Written by Gordy and directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, the show will feature a book by Berry Gordy and music from the Motown catalogue, including songs made widely-known by Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, Diana Ross and The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Michael Jackson, and The Jackson Five.

The audition website for the nation-wide search is MotownTheMusical.com/Casting. Candidates will perform one of the three songs - "I Want You Back," "I'll Be There," or "Who's Loving You."

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