For Grammy nominated singer/actress Lashundra Trenyce Cobbins, known to fans as Trenyce, a major career break occurred back in 2002 when she finished fifth on the second season of the reality show American Idol. Sixteen years later she continues to enjoy a shining stage presence in the role of Diana Ross in the touring production of Motown the Musical, which makes its Montreal debut June 19 to 24 at the Place des Arts.
“This show is a beautiful trip down memory lane,” said Trenyce. “And for me to be portraying Diana Ross, one of my idols, is a dream come true. It is ironic because I had been talking to a couple of people about doing a Diana Ross tribute show. Here I was listening to her music and studying her interviews and this role came along. I guess my tribute show will have to wait.”
The hit Broadway musical features music and lyrics from the legendary Motown catalogue. Leading this new tour is Kenneth Mosley as Berry Gordy, Matt Manuel as Marvin Gaye, and Justin Reynolds as Smokey Robinson, with Kai Calhoun and Chase Phillips portraying Berry Gordy’s boyhood counterpart and the roles of young stars Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder.
This is actually the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Ross, Jackson, Wonder, Robinson, Gaye and more.
This show features more than 50 classic hits such as My Girl and Ain’t No Mountain High Enough and tells the story behind the hits as the performers fight against the odds to create the soundtrack of change in America.