NEW YORK (AP) — The night of June 17, 2014, won't be easily forgotten by Broadway star Josh Tower.
He both made his debut in 'Motown the Musical' and hours later welcomed the birth of a daughter.
'It was insane,' said a smiling and exhausted Tower backstage recently at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, where he happily offers visitors chilled bubbly and cigars.
The night started with Tower officially stepping into the musical's lead role of Berry Gordy after just two full rehearsals. By intermission, his wife Karen was texting that she was having contractions.
By the middle of Act 2, Tower's wife texted a stage manager backstage that she was heading to the hospital but insisted that her husband not be disturbed.
'She said, 'No, don't tell Josh until the show's done. He has to be able to do this,'' her husband recalled. 'She's just a rock.'
The show, which tells the story of how Gordy's Motown Records empire rose and fell and then rose again, ended with Tower still somewhat in the dark about his wife's location.
'The curtain comes down at the end of the show and I hear everyone go 'Yeah! Go! Go!'' he said. 'I was like, 'Yeah, woo-ho! Go!' They were like, 'No, GO! GO!''
Tower slipped off his costume and sprinted to a waiting car that took him to St. Luke's Hospital, where his wife and mother-in-law were waiting. In a twist, it turns out their doctor, Maria Teaiwa-Rutherford, is Diana Ross' gynecologist.
A gorgeous daughter arrived at 4:45 a.m., weighing 7 pounds, 14 ounces. They named her Marlowe Rose — a mix of her parents' middle names of Arlo and Rosario. He was back at work two nights later, listening to the cast sing a suddenly appropriate tune: 'My Girl.'
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