In Marvin’s Memory: Lynn Whitfield & Clifton Powell Star In Play About Gaye

Emmy Award-winning actress Lynn Whitfield and NAACP Image Award-winning actor Clifton Powell star in the theatrical production about the late soul icon Marvin Gaye.

The play, “My Brother Marvin,” is the “uncut” and “untold story” of the R&B icon who died on April 1, 1984 after being murdered by his father.

Conceived by his sister Zeola Gaye, the production is a dramatic account of the life of the man who transformed and revolutionized the soul music landscape.

“My Brother Marvin” features two entertainers starring as Gaye. R&B singer Keith Washington plays Gaye in his latter years and veteran urban theatre actor/singer Tony Grant plays Gaye during his early years.

Zeola & Marvin Gaye

Whitfield stars in the production as Gaye’s mother, Alberta, and Powell, who also directs the show, plays Gaye’s father, Marvin Gaye, Sr.

The Angela Barrow-Dunlap-produced play originally launched in 2006 and is told from the sole perspective of Zeola and her book.

“Through the years, I became taken aback and disappointed with everything that had been written, said and published about my family, especially my brother Marvin that wasn’t accurate,” said Zeola. “In the play, I simply wanted to set the record straight. I wanted to leave a true account about Marvin the man and our family. People need to know what really happened and Marvin would want his fans to really know what happened. We are finally bringing the truth the world needs and must know.”

The show is currently playing Detroit and has scheduled dates in Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, DC, Cleveland, St. Louis, New York City and Atlanta.

For complete details on “My Brother Marvin,” visit

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