Rehearsals and staging are already under way on Broadway for the April opening of Motown: The Musical. Previews at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater begin March 11 for an opening on April 14th.
The show will chronical the story of Motown founder Berry Gordy who is a producer for the musical. According to a statement from the producers, “Motown” tells “the story behind the hits,” narrating how Mr. Gordy shaped the careers of Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder and other singers. It begins in 1959, when Mr. Gordy, a struggling prizefighter, borrowed $800 to start an R&B label, then chronicles his mercurial rise in the Detroit music scene. Mr. Gordy also wrote the book for the musical, which will be directed by Charles Randolph-Wright.
The show will feature lots of music from the Motown catelogue. Brandon Victor Dixon will play Berry Gordy Jr. and Valisia LeKae will play Diana Ross.