MOTOWN THE MUSICAL star Bryan Terrell Clark is interviewed in the September 2013 issue of Jet Magazine about embodying Marvin Gaye in one of Broadway’s biggest smash hit musicals.
Jet Magazine – September 2013
Made of Shade: All About Motown the Musical
By Quassan Castro
If you are of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s, you had the pleasure of witnessing the rise of Motown Records. The Motown sound became the sound of America. White folks, Black folks, Asian folks and everyone in between danced to the funky sounds of artists like Smokey Robinson, The Supremes, The Temptations, Four Tops, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, The Marvelettes, Stevie Wonder, Teena Marie, Jackson 5 and Marvin Gaye.
Motown was more than just a music empire; the cultural influence of it was strongly evident through the mimicking of fashion, glamour and even hairstyles worn by some of the artists including the fabulous Supremes.
Now, “Motown The Musical” is widely popular and garners thousands upon thousands of fans to witness a legacy come alive on Broadway.
In this week’s edition of “Made of Shade,” I sit with one of the show’s stars, Bryan Terrell Clark. Clark plays a man that was not only a popular artist, but also one who was not afraid to sing about his own inner struggles and that of people of color, Mr. Marvin Gaye. An actor as well as a singer, Clark has appeared on “CSI:NY” and “House of Payne.” He’s also worked with singers such as Mary J. Blige, Ne-Yo, Patti LaBelle, Maxwell, and Yolanda Adams….