Motown: The Musical, which celebrates the musical careers of many artists of the 1960s and 1970s, will return to Broadway starting on July 12 at the Nederlander Theatre. The play includes famous songs by artists such as Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Diana Ross and the Supremes, Michael Jackson and The Jackson Five, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, and The Temptations, whose music was released by Motown Records.
Motown: The Musical debuted on Broadway on March 11, 2013 and officially opened on April 11. The play was nominated for four awards at the 67th Tony Awards. The original Broadway run ended on January 18, 2015. It later opened in London.
The book was written by Berry Gordy, the founder of Motown Records. It is based on Gordy’s autobiography To Be Loved: The Music, the Magic, the Memories of Motown and traces his professional and personal relationships with many of the Motown artists he discovered and made famous. Gordy co-produced the play with Tony winner Kevin McCollum and Doug Morris, the CEO of Sony Music. It is directed by Charles Randolph-Wright.
The new production will include changes to the book and structure that were also included in the production on the national tour and in London. It will not include a formal opening night. A limited 18-week run will be built into the national tour.
Members of the company performing on the national tour will also perform on Broadway. Chester Gregory will star as Berry Gordy, Allison Semmes will play Diana Ross, Jesse Nager will play Smokey Robinson, and Jarran Muse will take on the role of Marvin Gaye.
OnBroadway.com has tickets to upcoming performances of Motown: The Musical. Order your tickets now to see this limited-run production including many classic songs by famous Motown artists.