If you missed “Motown The Musical” during its first run on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre for nearly two years from March 2013 until January 2015, you can catch the popular show again in New York City starting in July.
The musical is making its triumphant return to The Great White Way after a year and a half of sold-out shows all across the U.S.; in addition to launching a version of the production in the U.K. at the Shaftesbury Theatre on London’s West End.
“Motown The Musical” will start an 18-week limited run on July 12 at New York’s Nederlander Theatre.
Broadway favorite Chester Gregory will star as the iconic music executive Berry Gordy in the production. The Gary, Indiana native joined the touring cast of the production in January of this year.
Also coming to Broadway are Allison Semmes (Diana Ross), Jesse Nager (Smokey Robinson) and Jarran Muse (Marvin Gaye); as well as a 33-member ensemble that includes Nik Alexander, Erick Buckley, Chante Carmel, Chadaé, Lynorris Evans, Anissa Felix, Talya Groves, Rod Harrelson, Robert Hartwell, Rodney Earl Jackson, Jr., Trisha Jeffrey, Jamie LaVerdiere, Elijah Ahmad Lewis, Loren Lott, Jarvis B. Manning, Jr., Krisha Marcano, Marq Moss, Rashad Naylor, Ramone Owens, Olivia Puckett, Nicholas Ryan, Jamison Scott, Joey Stone, Doug Storm, Martina Sykes, Nik Walker, and Galen J. Williams.
“Motown The Musical” is the story of the famed record label and the man behind it through the eyes of Gordy himself. The musical is the journey of the man who went from being a featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul and launched the careers of Ross, Robinson, Gaye, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Teena Marie, Rick James, and so many more.
This music-heavy production depicts how the whole Motown family had to fight against the odds to create the soundtrack of change in America.
When it originally launched, the Charles Randolph Wright-directed musical was panned in reviews by critics. Despite the bad reviews, theatergoers flocked to see the show and “Motown The Musical’s” box office surpassed weekly grosses of over $1 million regularly. The show has also made millions in revenue on tour.