Detroit boy wraps up Broadway run in Motown the Musical

One of the cast members of Motown the Musical is proof that Detroit is still producing stars.

Most children dream of singing on Broadway, but for 11-year-old Samuel Robert Pickens that dream was real.

"When I finally knew that I got it, I screamed into my pillow," he said.

For the past six months Sam, a sixth-grader at the Academy for Arts and Sciences, has played multiple roles on Broadway in New York for Motown the Musical.

"I had young Stevie Wonder, young Michael Jackson and young Berry Gordy," he said. "To play three outstanding people in the world, that was awesome. It's what I wanted to do since I was 2 years old and I finally got to do it. 

"It was one of my dreams come true."

FOX 2: "You weren't nervous?"

"No, I wasn't nervous," he said.

That confidence has taken him a long way. Sam was part of his school choir's national television appearance for the Ellen Show. 

But to make it Broadway he had to work.

With help from teachers and family, he sent an audition tape to New York singing "I Want You Back" by the Jackson 5.

The production soon called, Sam auditioned in Chicago and a few months later he was on Broadway - meeting stars, taking pictures with the cast and singing the songs that he loves.

"I don't always like fast songs, songs that are slow and like, that have soul to it," he said. "Those are the songs that I like."

After six months on the Broadway stage, Sam is back home. 

Despite all his success, Sam has more goals than just performing.

"What do I want to be when I grow up?" he said, repeating the question. "I want to be an entomologist and I want to be a professor at a college."

FOX 2: "What about singing and acting?"

"Singing and acting, it is something I love," Sam said. "I want to do more. I don't want to be just singing, acting and dancing. (There's) more stuff that I'm into, than just singing, acting and dancing.

"Like studying bugs. I like bugs. And I like science."
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