Johnny Gill bails on lead as James Brown at Music Hall

The Detroit News

Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts' James Brown musical "I Feel Good Vol. 1" has been postponed because the star of the show, R&B singer Johnny Gill, abandoned the production.

The singer — whose latest song "Behind Closed Doors" peaked at No. 6 on the R&B chart and is a member of the R&B/pop group New Edition — breached his contract to accept a higher-paying concert in Chicago, according to a news release from the Detroit venue.

"He simply walked out on his executed contract," says Vince Paul, says Music Hall president and artistic director. "He even received our deposit and still decided he can just walk away. It was bad business and the people should know that he really left Music Hall and it's producers and cast, in a lurch."

The show was scheduled to run May 7-10. Producers are looking for a replacement and want to reschedule "I Feel Good Vol 1" for a fall opening.

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