The Musical is a smash hit in Detroit, the town where it
all started. The musical is based on Berry Gordy's autobiography,
"To be loved: the Music, the Magic, the Memories of Motown."
Berry Gordy is a songwriter, producer, director, innovative entrepreneur,
teacher and visionary and has won many awards during his career
such as the 2013 Marian Anderson Award, BET's Achievement Award
and Major League Baseball's 2014 Beacon of Change Award. His films
include "Lady sings the Blues" and "Mahogany."
begins in 1983 when Berry Gordy celebrates the 25th Anniversary
of Motown Records. Then backtracks to 1938 when young Berry wanted
to be a boxer like Joe Louis (after watching the heavyweight fight
between Joe Louis and Max Schmeling). When that fizzled out, he
calls on his family to borrow him money to start a record company.
He wants $1,000, but his mother gives him $800. Then he tries
to think of a name for his record company such as Motor City,
Motor town city, and eventually came up with Motown Records. The
rest is history.
The Musical starred Clifton Oliver as Berry Gordy, Allison
Semmes as Diana Ross, Nicholas Christopher as Smokey Robinson
and Jarran Muse as Marvin Gaye. The role of young Berry was played
by Leon Outlaw, Jr.
Gordy signed on such famous artists as: Smokey Robinson, Mary
Wells, the Supremes, Martha and the Vandellas, Stevie Wonder,
Four Tops, just to name a few. There were about 60 songs performed,
while the audience sang along and clapped to many of them.
people have auditioned for the show at open calls held in New
York City, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Charlotte.
The national tour travels with 33 actors, 15 crew members, 10
musicians, and 3 stage mangers. Local crew members and musicians
join the touring company in each city. The production travels
from city to city on 8 semi-trailer trucks.
were fantastic as there were many costume changes. There was a
15-minute intermission between the two acts. The show lasted two
hours and 45 minutes. A fog machines was used during the performance.
the story and the music was fantastic, the best I've seen. I would
definitely recommend it. Just remember to get your tickets early,
it sells out fast!
prices begin at $49.35 - $142.90. The show runs from October 21,
2014 through November 16, 2014. Tickets can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com,
the Fisher Theatre Box office or by phone at 1-800-982-2787. The
Fisher Theatre is located at 3011 W. Grand Blvd. in Detroit.
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