Motown: The Musical
Music legend Smokey Robinson, founder and frontman of The Miracles and best friend to Motown label founder Berry Gordy.
Brown made his Broadway debut in 2005, joining the cast of Jersey Boys, and appeared in the original cast of Sister Act before taking on his breakout role as Smokey Robinson in Motown: The Musical.
This is Brown's first Tony nomination.
Brown's college best friend Stark Sands (Kinky Boots) is also a 2013 Tony nominee for his third Broadway show.
“Smokey Robinson! It’s an honor just to get to represent him in this way on Broadway. He’s such a great man. I got a chance to hang out with him on opening night and he’s just the kindest, sweetest, nicest superstar I think there is. So it’s a thrill to get to be him.” —Brown in an interview with Broadway.com, 4/30