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Alumna to play Diana Ross in national tour of 'Motown'

by Johnny Oleksinski

The national tour of “Motown The Musical,” kicking off in Chicago in April, has found its Diana Ross and Berry Gordy, representatives for the tour announced on Monday.

Allison Semmes, a Chicago native and graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will play Diana Ross. In fall 2013, Semmes stepped into the role of another Supreme, Florence Ballard, in “Motown” on Broadway. And Clifton Oliver will play Berry Gordy, the founder of Motown Records (and the writer-producer of this musical). Oliver has been seen on Broadway in “In The Heights,” “The Lion King” and “Wicked.”

“Motown The Musical” begins performances  April 22 at the Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St. Tickets are now on sale.

Story from the Chicago Tribune.

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