Motown: The Musical
Legendary diva Diana Ross, founder of The Supremes and girlfriend of Motown mogul Berry Gordy
LeKae began her Broadway career as a swing in The Threepenny Opera in 2006. She followed up with roles in 110 in the Shade, Ragtime, The Book of Mormon and her starmaking turn in Motown.
Other Honors for This Role:
—Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Musical
—Drama League nomination for Distinguished Performance Award
—Theatre World Award for Outstanding Debut Performance
LeKae didn’t get to meet Diana Ross until opening night of Motown—in fact, the first time they spoke was on the stage during curtain call!
“I really wanted to do right by [Diana]. I know that she’s never really been portrayed publicly in this fashion, on such a large scale, and I wanted to make sure that I didn’t let her fans down. People are very protective of her, as well as Mr. Gordy. Everyone loves her, and I just wanted to do her justice. I feel like [the Tony nomination] is a full circle moment that allows me to celebrate her and all her fabulousness and glory.” — Valisia LeKae, in an interview with Broadway.com, 4/13