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Memphian looking to snap up Tony Award

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Valisia Lakae has been nominated for her role as Diana Ross in the Broadway production "Motown The Musical". Valisia Lakae has been nominated for her role as Diana Ross in the Broadway production "Motown The Musical".
No one is prouder of Valisia than her grandfather Warren Lewis. No one is prouder of Valisia than her grandfather Warren Lewis.
Lakae is making her mark on Broadway, and has the reviews and standing ovations to prove it. Lakae is making her mark on Broadway, and has the reviews and standing ovations to prove it.
Singer Diana Ross is portrayed by Lakae in "Motown: The Musical". Singer Diana Ross is portrayed by Lakae in "Motown: The Musical".
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) – East High School graduate Valisia Lakae has been nominated for her role as Diana Ross in the Broadway production "Motown The Musical".

"I feel honored that I was able to bring back such wonderful memories," stated Lakae.

Perhaps no one is prouder of Valisia than her family, especially her grandfather Warren Lewis.

"Oh I'm very proud," said Lewis.  "When I went up there to New York, I was up there crying because I was so happy," he added.

Lewis is a star in his own right.  We've done several stories on him as the barber who cuts hair by burning it.

He says after graduating from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, entertainer Dolly Parton was one of the first people to help his granddaughter break into show business.

Now she's making her mark on Broadway, and has the reviews and standing ovations to prove it.

"I think everybody thinks they know the story.  They are really going to hear it through Mr. Gordy's eyes," said Lakae.

It was just a few years ago that Valisia was a stand-out student at East High School.  Now, she's dancing and singing on the big stage and winning over fans - including the superstar she's playing in the musical.

"Well I think the girl is so talented," said singer Diana Ross.  "Really beautiful and talented and a sweetheart, so it's good love - really nice," Ross added.

Lakae's grandfather says he always knew his granddaughter would be a success.

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