Motown The Musical comes to Salt Lake City
From the time Jarran Muse was a teenager, people told him his voice reminded them of Marvin Gaye’s. “I connected to his voice, and I connected to his lyrics at an early age,” says Muse, 32, who says Motown music was what his parents and grandparents were listening to as he grew up in New Jersey.
Actor Jarran Muse plays Marvin Gaye in “Motown the Musical.” Courtesy Joan Marcus
(Courtesy photo) “Motown the Musical” plays Salt Lake City June 28 through July 3 at the Capitol Theatre.
Krisha Marcano, Allison Semmes and Trisha Jeffrey perform as The Supremes in “Motown the Musical,” Photo courtesy Joan Marcus
About seven years ago, Muse was performing in the national tour of “Dreamgirls” when a fellow actor, Chester Gregory, offered him some career advice: Go buy every Marvin Gaye record and learn the songs. “It’s going to work for you as an artist,” Gregory promised.
In a full-circle moment that has the ring of a musical theater plot point, Muse performs as Gaye in the touring show “Motown the Musical.” And for several months, he has been sharing the stage with Gregory, who now plays the show’s lead character, Gaye’s brother-in-law and influential Motown Records founder Berry Gordy.