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'Motown: The Musical' Is A Hit - Grosses Over $1 Million In Its First Week Of Previews

by Tambay A. Obenson
March 20, 2013 9:36 PM
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'Motown: The Musical'
Berry Gordy must be ecstatic! His Motown: The Musical grossed over $1 million ($1.03 million) after its first week of previews on Broadway, at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in New York.

And this was just after 7 preview performances! Clearly, there's demand for it.

The production, which doesn't actually open officially until  April 142013, stars Tony nominee Brandon Victor Dixon (The Color PurpleThe Scottsboro Boysas the older Berry Gordy, and Valisia LeKae (RagtimeThe Book of Mormonas Diana Ross

Morgan James, Saycon Sengbloh, John Jellison and N'Kenge round out the starring cast, with child actors Raymond Luke Jr. and Jibreel Mawry playing a young Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and Berry Gordy.

For the week ending 3/17 - it's first week (previews began 3/11) - it sold the 6th highest number of seats (out of 23 shows currently on Broadway). 10,554 to be exact. The 5 ahead of it were Broadway stalwarts in Wicked, The Lion King, Cinderella, The Phantom of The Opera, and Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark.

So, by all accounts, an impressive week of preview sales for the musical.

As a quick recap...  Motown Records founder Berry Gordy Jr. is producing a Broadway musical based on his life "to set the record straight on the inception of the iconic label.

The musical features music hits from the likes of Diana Ross and the SupremesStevie WonderMarvin Gaye and Michael Jackson, among others.

It's produced by Kevin McCollum (producer of such shows as Rent, Avenue Q and In the Heights - all 3 Tony Award-winning musicals), Sony Music Entertainment chairman and CEO Doug Morris, and of course Gordy himself, with Charles Randolph-Wright directing.

Patricia Wilcox and Warren Adams are co-choreographing the show.

An 18-piece orchestra is reproducing "the classic 'Sound of Young America' for the Broadway stage," according to producers.

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  • kenneth taylor | March 26, 2013 3:09 PMReply

    How could you even show turncoat Barry Gordy as a part of this article. He sold the rights to all of Motown music years ago... Even when there were black music moguls (sp) in the business who could have taken advantage of this opportunity. He tried to turn this collection into wealth and he only got rich by it because the true worth wont be passed down to his siblings as a building block... Money comes and goes those "art"ifacts lasts way beyond generations.

  • D.A. | March 21, 2013 12:32 AMReply

    I'll definitely see it when it comes to my town even though I'm well aware of how he treated the very people that created his iconic Motown sound. i.e. The Funk Brothers. Without them there wouldn't be such a thing.


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