Telling the story of the early days of Motown, the sound, and the legendary beginnings of Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder's careers, Berry Gordy's life story will be told through the new Broadway show, Motown: the Musical, set to open in the Spring of 2013.
Motown: the Musical tells the amazing story behind the hits of the 1960's and 1970's that included the top names in the recording industry. Gordy helped Smokey Robinson find his unique voice, helped Diana Ross as she soared to stardom, and discovered music icons Michael Jackson, the Jackson Five, and Stevie Wonder. Against the odds, Gordy fought to bring the Motown sound to the masses, turning his impossible dream into a history-making reality. Motown was dubbed the "Sound of Young America," and broke societal and cultural barriers that still impacts music and society today.
Directed by acclaimed director Charles Randolph-Wright, Motown: the Musical features a book by Berry Gordy himself along with music and lyrics from the stellar Motown catalogue of Top 40 hits. Motown: the Musical is the real story of the unique sound that burst through the airwaves in 1959, changing the beat America danced to forever. This production follows Motown Founder Berry Gordy's incredible journey from a featherweight boxer to knock-out record producer and star-maker. As a music mogul, he launched the careers of Diana Ross and The Supremes, Michael Jackson and The Jackson Five, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, Marvin Gaye, and many more famous performers and bands of that era.
Charles Randolph-Wright recently staged the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Ruined as well as the record-breaking musical production of Sophisticated Ladies at the renown Arena Stage. Randolph-Wright also helmed the lauded 75th anniversary international tour of The Gershwins' famed Porgy and Bess. The New York staging of his play Blue has been produced regionally throughout the United States.
The Broadway premiere of this production will star Tony Award nominee Brandon Victor Dixon as "Berry Gordy" with Valisia LeKae as "Diana Ross." Brandon Victor Dixon was nominated for a Tony Award for his work in The Color Purple and received a Drama Desk Award nomination for The Scottsboro Boys. Valisia LeKae has appeared in the Broadway musical productions of The Book of Mormon, Ragtime, 110 in the Shade, and The Threepenny Opera.
Motown: the Musical will play at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre located at 205 West 46 Street. Preview performances will begin March 11, 2013, with the official Opening Night set for April 14, 2013.
Motown: the Musical features an impressive creative team behind the scenes. Scenic Design is by David Korins who designed Bring It On: The Musical and Annie. Costume Design is by Tony Award nominee ESosa who worked on The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess and Topdog/Underdog. Lighting Design is by Tony Award winning Lighting Designer Natasha Katz who designed the Tony-winngin Once as well as Sister Act. Sound Design is by Tony Award nominee Peter Hylenski of Rock of Ages and The Scottsboro Boys.
Choreography is by Patricia Wilcox of Blues in the Night and Warren Adams who worked on Toy Story. Rock of Ages' Ethan Popp will lead the 18-piece orchestra to reproduce the classic “Sound of Young America” that became the hallmark of the Motown flavor.
Motown: the Musical is produced for the Broadway stage by Kevin McCollum, Doug Morris, and Berry Gordy himself.
For more information, to get tickets, or to see the show's posted schedule, visit Motown: the Musical's website.