krystal joy brown*When one door closes another opens goes the age old saying. Well, there’s a lot of truth to it.

Such is the case with budding Broadway star Krystal Joy Brown. The Washington, DC area bred actress/singer has been rewarded with the biggest role of her young career.

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Brown has taken over the part of Diana Ross in “Motown The Musical” because Tony nominee Valisia LeKae had to leave the show after being diagnosed for ovarian cancer.

Krystal Joy Brown made her Broadway debut in “Hair,” and was most recently seen as Josephine Bloom in “Big Fish.” She also originated the role of Ornella Sturdevant in “Leap of Faith.”

“Motown The Musical” is a journey through the history of the world’s most famous record label. With a score that includes over 50 hits from the Motown catalogue, the show tells the story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s rise to world renown record mogul. And as history notes, on the way to becoming that mogul, he discovered and shaped some of the biggest names in modern music including Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson and the legendary Diana Ross, with whom he sparks a romance.

“Motown The Musical” also stars Tony nominees Brandon Victor Dixon and Charl Brown, as well as Bryan Terrell Clark, Ryan Shaw and Raymond Luke Jr. It’s playing at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.