Krystal Joy Brown is coming out to play Diana Ross in Motown The Musical, and she wants the world to know! The Big Fish alum will take over the role of the iconic diva in the Broadway production on January 23 from Felicia Boswell, who stepped in when Tony nominee Valisia LeKae departed the show upon discovering she has ovarian cancer.
Brown made her Broadway debut in Hair, and was most recently seen as Josephine Bloom in Big Fish. She also originated the role of Ornella Sturdevant in Leap of Faith. Her TV credits include Castle and Storyforia.
Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright and featuring a book by Motown founder Berry Gordy, Motown The Musical is a journey through the history of the world’s most famous record label. With a score that includes over 50 beloved hits from the Motown catalogue, the show tells the story of Gordy’s rise from small-town dreamer to big-time record mogul. Along the way, he discovers a slew of musical talent including Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson and the legendary Diana Ross, with whom he sparks a romance.
Motown The Musical currently stars Tony nominees Brandon Victor Dixon and Charl Brown, as well as Bryan Terrell Clark, Ryan Shaw and Raymond Luke Jr. The show opened at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on April 14, 2013.