Presented by Zeola Gaye
"The play is intended as a retrospective on the man behind the music…it unfolds as a series of short scenes in which we glimpse key moments in Marvin’s career - his success with Barry Gordy and Motown records, his introduction to the drug scene, his failed marriages, and the tragic death of his beloved singing partner, Tammy Terrell, to brain cancer. This gives the show one of its best moments - a rendering of “His Eye Is on the Sparrow” by the bereaved Marvin."
- The Examiner
"The choreography was sheer perfection as was the music played by a talented orchestra that took me back to those times of new-born political awareness and hopes for social change."
- DC Metro Theater Arts
The musical genius of Marvin Gaye is undisputedly documented in the annals of music history with his continual string of number one and top ten hits, unforgettable duets and larger than life persona. No doubt, from his auspicious introduction to music at an early age until his premature and untimely death at the age of 45, one fact remained undeniably true—Marvin was the voice of his generation. But, what about the man? What about the influences and people who shaped Marvin, those forces which destroyed Marvin, those who loved Marvin and the family who now carries on the legacy of Marvin? What about that story, the real story, the true story of the marvelous Marvin Gaye! The world knows his music, but they don't know the man behind the music.
In this shocking and spellbinding new version of 'My Brother Marvin', audiences will experience the most candid and revealing story of life with this musical icon that has NEVER been told. Based on the first-hand accounts of Marvin's sister Zeola Gaye, 'My Brother Marvin' pushes the envelope by revealing Marvin's internal battles, greatest fears and most salacious family secrets.
Action-packed and inspirational, 'My Brother Marvin' brilliantly unfolds on stage as it highlights not the music, but the MIND of Marvin Gaye; even revealing the heart of his mother, the only person who actually witnessed his untimely death. It was believed that she took her secrets to her grave, until the recent discovery of her hidden journals, in which she writes candidly about her husband, her family and of course her superstar son.
Starring Emmy Award winning actress Lynn Whitfield; Image Award winning actor Clifton Powell; R&B sensation Keith Washington; vocal powerhouse Tony Grant and platinum selling R&B Group Az Yet, 'My Brother Marvin' will grip your soul as it takes you on a riveting ride through the life and times of one of the most intriguing and mysterious musical legends the world has ever known.