Marvin Gaye in 1973
(Photo: c/o Detroit Public Library Digital Collections)
A musical about Motown legend Marvin Gaye is in the works. The late Grammy winner’s son Marvin Gaye III is teaming up with playwright and producer Je’Caryous Johnson for the project, which is slated to premiere in 2023.
The show will trace the singer’s trials, triumphs and tragedies as he rises from a preacher’s som to a local pop singing sensation to an international superstar whose music stirs the soul as well as the conscience.
“Marvin Gaye was a musical genius and a great humanitarian who cared about people and what was happening in the world,” his son said in a statement. “We are thrilled to present this project to the world. »
Known as the Prince of Soul or Prince of Motown, Gaye was instrumental in the American music movement, lending his voice to hits such as “Sexual Healing”, which won him two Grammy Awards in 1983, as well as “Let’s Get It On,” “I Heard It Through The Vine”, “I Want You”, “How Sweet (To Be Loved By You)”, “What’s Going On ?” and more. After his death in 1984, he received a posthumous Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award as well as inductions into the Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame, Songwriters Hall of Fame, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
“His music provided a soundtrack for Black America, setting our collective experience as a people to music,” Johnson said in a statement. “I am thrilled to be able to dig into the depths of his genius and celebrate the legacy of such a deserving man.”
Further details will be announced later.