Motown is invading Broadway.
Producers Kevin McCollum, Doug Morris and Berry Gordy announced yesterday that Motown: The Musical, based on the life of Motown founder Gordy, will open on Broadway at The Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on April 14, 2013. Preview performances will begin March 11, 2013.
As far as casting, Tony Award® nominee Brandon Victor Dixon and Valisia LeKae have been cast in the leading roles of Berry Gordy and Diana Ross. Additional casting will be announced shortly.
Brandon Victor Dixon received a Tony Award® nomination for his performance in The Color Purple on Broadway and received a Drama Desk Award nomination for The Scottsboro Boys Off-Broadway.
Valisia LeKae has appeared in the acclaimed Broadway musicals The Book of Mormon, Ragtime, 110 in the Shade and The Threepenny Opera.
The show tells the story behind the hits as Smokey finds his unique voice, Diana skyrockets to stardom and Berry fights against the odds to turn his improbable dream into a triumphant reality. The music that shattered barriers and shaped our lives finally comes to the Broadway stage in the season’s most highly anticipated world-premiere event.
Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, Motown: The Musical will feature a book by Berry Gordy and music and lyrics from the Motown legendary catalogue.
For more info, check out the website: www.MotownTheMusical.com. Tickets will go on sale exclusively to Citibank® cardholders on Sunday, September 23. Tickets will be available to the general public beginning Monday, October 1.