Sunday, May 5, 2013

Gordy Tells His Story His Way in 'Motown The Musical'


upon a time, Detroit’s assembly lines rolled out lots of big cars. In those days the Motor City was also home to a big sound that caught on across the nation and the world.

You might say it had folks, as the title of the famous Martha Reeves and the Vandellas song goes, “Dancing In The Streets.”

The reminiscences of those halcyon days by Motown record company founder Berry Gordy inform “Motown The Musical.” Based on his book, “To Be Loved: The Music, the Magic, the Memories of Motown, the musical is in an open run at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. (See video above).

“Motown The Musical” begins with BG’s youth and culminates with the 1983 television special, Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever. By now, almost every one of BG's contract writers and singers has abandoned him for richer paydays at larger record company companies.

Berry (Brandon Victor Dixon, center) convinces sister, Esther (Marva Hicks, left), and the rest of the Gordy family to believe in his dream in "Motown The Musical." Photo by Joan Marcus.

The story BG (Brandon Victor Dixon) tells in “Motown The Musical” is from his point of view. His most lasting legacy is distinctive music known and loved as the “Motown Sound.” He cultivated many stars-to-be like Stevie Wonder (Ryan Shaw). BG’s formula for his music studio, like the formula for this show, was splash and pizzazz, wowing audiences with fancy dance moves and stunning outfits.

The Tony-nominated “Motown The Musical” is agog with fantastic choreography by Patricia Wilcox and Warren Adams, fabulous sets by David Korins and breathtaking costumes by Esosa also known as Emilio Sosa who came to fame on Season 7 of “Project Runway.” More shortly

Visit to learn more about “Motown The Musical.” Rx

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