Rashawn Thompson stars in ‘The Marvin Gaye Story’ at Chicago’s Black Ensemble Theater

The Marvin Gaye Story

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Jackie Taylor‘s new musical ‘The Marvin Gaye Story’ (Don’t Talk About My Father Because God Is My Friend), which highlights the legendary music catalogue of late Motown singer Marvin Gaye, officially opened May 20 at the Black Ensemble Theater in Chicago.

The show, written and directed by Taylor, will play through July 29 in a limited run. The production chronicles Gaye’s eventful personal life and career, which spanned three decades before his untimely death at the hands of his father.

The cast includes Rashawn Thompson as Marvin Gaye, Yahdina Udeen as Alberta Gaye, Donald Barnes as Marvin Gaye Sr., Lawrence Williams as Frankie Gaye, Rueben Echoles as Berry Gordy, Rashaad Hall as Smokey Robinson, Lyle Miller as Harvey Fuqua, Dawn Bless as Gwen Gordy, Katrina Miller as Anna Gordy and Melanie McCullough as Tammi Terrell/Jan Gaye with A’rese Emokpae, Stori Johnson and Cory Wright.

The Marvin Gaye Story is currently playing thru July 29. For tickets, call 773-769-4451 or visit TheMarvinGayeStory.com. The Black Ensemble Theatre is located at 4450 N. Clark St in Chicago, IL.