Berry Gordy’s “Motown: The Musical,” which grossed over $1 million ($1.03 million) after its first week of previews on Broadway, at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in New York, in 2013, will return to Broadway for a second run starting in July 2016 at the Nederlander Theater, for 18 weeks.
The production, which first opened on April 14, 2013, starred Brandon Victor Dixon as the older Berry Gordy, and Valisia LeKae as Diana Ross.
Morgan James, Saycon Sengbloh, John Jellison and N’Kenge rounded out the starring cast, with child actors Raymond Luke Jr. and Jibreel Mawry playing a young Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and Berry Gordy.
Motown Records founder Berry Gordy Jr. is producer of the Broadway musical which is based on his life, and which he previously said will “set the record straight on the inception of the iconic label.”
The musical features music hits from the likes of Diana Ross and the Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and Michael Jackson, among others.
It’s co-produced by Kevin McCollum), Sony Music Entertainment chairman and CEO Doug Morris, and of course Gordy himself, with Charles Randolph-Wright directing the original Broadway run.
Patricia Wilcox and Warren Adams are co-choreographers.
For the initial Broadway run, an 18-piece orchestra reproduced “the classic ‘Sound of Young America’ for the Broadway stage,” according to producers.
The retooled return to Broadway comes after a North American and upcoming UK tour.
Given how immensely successful the show has been, I can only wonder whether an announcement of a film adaptation is just around the corner. It most certainly wouldn’t be the first time that a Broadway musical has been adapted for the screen. So it’s a strong possibility, I think, especially as Gordy wants to reach as wide an audience as possible. A film only makes the story even more accessible.