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Motown The Musical Star Brandon Victor Dixon Stops By The Couch

April 14, 2014 – CBS News

The hit Broadway show, Motown: The Musical, tells the story of Berry Gordy Jr. -- the man behind music legends like Diana Ross, Michael Jackson and Smokey Robinson. The play's star, Brandon Victor Dixon -- who portrays the music mogul, joins us on The Couch to chat about the show. Read More

Motown’s Link to Civil Rights Movement on Display

March 19, 2014 – NYTimes.com

THE story of Motown Records can be told in many ways. It can be presented as a tale of musical revolution, the creation of a sound steeped in gospel and blues but packed with endlessly inventive pop hooks. There is also the business story of the founder, Berry Gordy Jr.; for a time in the 1960s, Motown was the largest black-owned company in America. Read More

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With memories of a Broadway show, Duke continues to thrive

March 15, 2014 – SportsIllustrated.CNN.com

A Broadway theater isn't a typical venue to prepare a college basketball team for a tournament run. But Mike Krzyzewski didn't become the all-time winningest D-I men's coach by following the same script as everyone else.

Just before the start of this season, Coach K took the Blue Devils to New York, where they interacted with cadets at West Point, visited Ground Zero and held a shootaround at Harlem's Rucker Park. Each stop was intended to teach his players something about attention to detail, sacrifice and gratitude. Read More

BET Honors Highlights: Berry Gordy’s Motor City Movement and Acceptance Speech

February 24, 2014 – BET.com

While reflecting on the extraordinary journey of how he made it, Berry Gordy imparts wisdom on the definition of vision, passion and success. Read More


Watch His Acceptance Speech

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Motown The Musical star performs ‘Can I Close the Door (On Love)’

February 18, 2014 – FoxBusiness.com

Motown the Musical star Brandon Victor Dixon sings ‘Can I Close the Door (On Love).’ Read More

The Beatles and Motown: A story that spans the decades

February 8, 2014 – Freep.com

There’s always been some Detroit coursing through the Beatles’ musical veins.

It makes sense that Motown The Musical is sponsoring a commemorative Beatles event tonight at New York’s Ed Sullivan Theater, marking the 50th anniversary of the band’s “Ed Sullivan Show” debut. The strong links between Motown and the Fab Four have flourished through the decades — a rich web of influences, collaborations and tributes that boosted the fortunes of both.

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Motown The Musical stars surprise mom on TODAY

February 6, 2014 – Today.com

Singers from the hit Broadway show perform fora single mom featured on TODAY’s “Wishing Well” series, which helped her realize her dream of seeing a musical on the Great White Way. Motown founder Berry Gordy also makes a surprise appearance. Read More

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Motown Cast Launches THE TRUTH IS A HIT at Schomburg Center

February 5, 2014 – BroadwayWorld.com

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture just launched its first exhibition of 2014, MOTOWN: THE TRUTH IS A HIT. Featuring items that highlight Motown's inimitable founder Berry Gordy and the institution's most beloved musical acts, the multi-media showcase chronicles one of the most significant record labels in American music history. Earlier this week, the company of the show gathered to launch the exhibition with a special performance. BroadwayWorld was there for the festivities and you can check out photos below! Read More

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Can you help mom, daughters with Broadway dream? Tell us how!

February 2, 2014 – Today.com

Lysanias Taylor won the hearts of thousands when an emotional video of her accepting a Christmas gift from her daughters — a ticket to Motown the Musical, a Broadway show she’s dreamed of seeing — made the rounds online. Read More

BET to honor Aretha Franklin and Berry Gordy

January 16, 2014 – USAToday.com

Legendary singer Aretha Franklin and Motown founder Berry Gordy will be honored at the 2014 BET Honors.

The network announced Thursday that rapper-actor Ice Cube, American Express CEO Ken Chenault and photographer and video artist Carrie Mae Weems will also receive tributes at the event. The show will take place at the Warner Theatre in Washington on Feb. 8.

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Motown The Musical Nominated for Best Musical Theater Album for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards

December 7, 2013 – Broadway.com

Grammy nominators showed their stingy side this year, only honoring three Broadway cast albums in the category of Best Musical Theater Album for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, a race that traditionally contains up to five contenders. Read More

Berry Gordy: The man, the music, the legacy, from Chronicle paperboy to international music mogul

December 5, 2013 – michronicleonline.com

He has been called a musical genius, a dream weaver, an international pop culture icon, and a pioneering entrepreneur, all of which only begin to define Berry Gordy, founder of Motown Record Corporation, perhaps the world’s most beloved record label in history. Read More

Berry Gordy and Smokey Robinson Saluted at First Grammy Museum Gala, Architects of Sound: Motown

November 11, 2013 – HuffingtonPost.com

Smokey Robinson sang for us Monday night, and specifically to his best friend, Motown Records founder Berry Gordy, Jr. Let me tell you: the terms "singer," "businessman" and "record label" may clue you in a bit, but this was more. Much more. These men got the whole world dancing, swaying, singing along (and they still do). Mr. Robinson's angelic vibrato may sing words, but in attempts to define it, it defies them! And words cannot convey the beauty and import of this event. But for you, I'll give it a go. Read More

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Perez Reviews - Motown The Musical

November 13, 2013 – PerezHilton.com

Momma Perez is going back to Los Angeles for a bit, but before she leaves us we wanted to take her to see a show! We couldn't have made a better choice than Motown, the musical. The new Broadway show gave us everything we were hoping for - and so much more!!!! Read More

Berry Gordy Speaks!

November 7, 2013 – Ebony

Miles Marshall Lewis speaks to the iconic EBONY Power 100 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient about his relationship to EBONY and more. Read More

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Looking Good! Tony Nominee Brenda Braxton’s Grooming Company BBraxton Named Official Barber of Motown

October 30, 2013 – Broadway.com

The men of Motown the Musical now have absolutely no excuse not to look perfectly turned out at all times: BBraxton, the men’s grooming company founded by Tony nominee Brenda Braxton, has been named official barber for the hit musical. The new collaboration was inspired by the 30-year friendship between Braxton and Motown director Charles Randolph-Wright, who were castmates in the original Broadway production of Dreamgirls. Read More

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Miracle Man: Backstage at Motown with Charl Brown

October 18, 2013 – Broadway.com

Farewell, Charl! On the very last episode of Miracle Man, Motown star Charl Brown hits the street to meet his fans, shows off his favorite outfit and bids Broadway.com adieu with a special goodbye song. To watch all eight episodes, click here!

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Playwright Charles Randolph-Wright redefines the boundaries of romance during wartime

September 26, 2013 – Modern Luxury

Charles Randolph-Wright can’t believe his good fortune. He’s about to introduce the world premiere of Love in Afghanistan at Arena Stage; he’s already getting overtures for screen adaptations of the play; and he recently watched musical luminaries Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder and Smoky Robinson rush the stage to praise his direction of Motown on Broadway. “The curtain call for Motown was one of those inexplicable moments—one you hope to come remotely close to once in your career,” says Randolph-Wright, who, along with producing for film and TV, is a resident playwright at Arena Stage. Read More

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Audition Hopefuls Go Dancin’ in the Street for Motown The Musical’s Nationwide Casting Call

September 16, 2013 – Broadway.com

Motown The Musical is looking for new faces to join the Broadway and national tour casts, so we hit the open call to find out what motivated these aspiring actors to audition (and before they wow the casting director, they wowed us with a preview!). Read More

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Changing the world: what Motown, Apple have in common

September 9, 2013 – The Guardian

I recently had the pleasure of seeing Motown The Musical on Broadway. Besides marveling at how great the music (still) is, I realized anew the importance of business to the continuum of history. Read More

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Motown The Musical’s Donald Webber Jr.

September 7, 2013 – NYTheatreGuide.com

In just a few short years, this talented young actor/singer/dancer has been a teacher, competed on American Idol, toured the country in the Broadway smash Jersey Boys and is currently cast in one of the biggest shows to hit Broadway in years  – the wildly popular Motown The Musical. Donald Webber Jr. wears many hats in the production as an ensemble player. He is honored to step into the role of the iconic Berry Gordy for the first week of September. NYTheatre Guide talks to this rising young star and true gentleman about his career so far. Read More

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Michelle Obama & Daughters Visit Motown on Broadway!

August 26, 2013 – BroadwayWorld.com

Motown The Musical  hosted First Lady Michelle Obama and her daughters Sasha and Malia at the matinee performance on Sunday, August 25, 2013. The Obama family was joined by poet Elizabeth Alexander (who composed and delivered "Praise Song for the Day" for the first inauguration of President Obama), and the party was greeted by a standing ovation upon recognition by the audience inside the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. Read More

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Motown Producers Announce NYC and Chicago Open Casting Call

August 20, 2013 – Playbill.com

Producers of Motown the Musical will launch a nationwide open casting call for African-American performers to join the Broadway and upcoming national tour of the musical that traces the life of music mogul Berry Gordy. Read More

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Ryan Shaw on His Road from Grammy-Nominated Soul Singer to Playing Stevie Wonder in Motown

August 8, 2013 – Broadway.com

Born to Sing: Southern charmer Shaw has been thrilling audiences since he spontaneously began singing harmony in the church choir at age five. His mother, a Pentecostal minister, nixed top 40 at home, but Shaw listened to Aretha and Michael Jackson at the supermarket. “I never sang pop music until I moved to New York,” he recalls, “but my first gig here was at the Motown Cafe, which is kind of full circle.” Read More

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Harlem Week: 'Motown The Musical' director Charles Randolph-Wright makes sure to get it right for perfectionist Berry Gordy

August 4, 2013 – Daily News

Even though Berry Gordy is on vacation, he finds time to check in with Charles Randolph-Wright, the director of “Motown The Musical.” Read More

Motown The Musical on "Live with Kelly and Michael"!

July 23, 2013 – LIVE with Kelly & Michael

The cast of Motown The Musical performed for the LIVE audience. Watch Michael join The Temptations and learn more about the incredible story behind the hits! Read More

Director Charles Randolph-Wright Speaks On Motown The Musical

July 18, 2013 – LifeAndTimes.com

Few eras of music have been able to capture the ears and hearts of a nation the way Motown did during the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s. The immense reach of the music is fully apparent at Motown The Musical, which has broken almost every Broadway box office record since opening in April 2013, drawing rave reviews and diverse, sold out audiences every night to see the story behind the music that many grew up on. Read More

Ain't Too Proud to Fetch! Motown Star Valisia LeKae Shows Off Her Trio of Dynamite Dogs

July 8, 2013 – Broadway.com

Broadway stars greet dozens of fans daily at the stage door, but sometimes their biggest fans are waiting at home: their dogs! In honor of the annual Broadway Barks dog and cat adoption event (on July 13 in Shubert Alley), we reached out to some of our favorite pet-owning performers and asked them to spill about their loyal four-legged friends. Read More

Backstage Snapshots from "A Capitol Fourth" With Motown's Ariana DeBose

July 4, 2013 – Playbill.com

The cast of Broadway's Motown may have been off from the theatre in honor of Independence Day, but they instead had the privilege of traveling to DC to take part in the "Capitol Fourth" celebration on the West Lawn. Ariana DeBose shares some memories from an unforgettable experience. Read More

A Two-Show Day at Broadway's Motown With Tony Nominee Charl Brown

July 1, 2013 – Playbill.com

Charl Brown, a 2013 Tony Award nominee for his performance as Smokey Robinson, shares a recent two-show day at Motown The Musical. He offers readers an up-close look at his transformation into the music icon and documents how he makes the most of his time between shows and backstage. Read More

Smooth and Soulful! Motown Stars Wow the Crowd at the SoHo Apple Store

June 28, 2013 – Broadway.com

This summer, you don’t have to sit in a Broadway theater to enjoy the smooth sounds of Motown The Musical! Members of the incredible cast paid a visit to the Apple Store in SoHo to discuss their recently released cast album—and of course, to perform a handful of songs from their box office-busting show. Valisia LeKae, Brandon Victor Dixon, Ryan Shaw and Raymond Luke Jr. took the stage and blew the audience away, and Broadway.com was there to catch all the soulful action! Click through the gallery below to get a taste of the crowd-pleasing hit MotownRead More

Becoming Diana Ross: Valisia LeKae in Motown The Musical

June 25, 2013 – HuffingtonPost.com

I had the amazing opportunity of seeing Motown The Musical on Broadway. The play pays homage to music mogul Berry Gordy and the history of Motown. The musical was extremely entertaining and will have you singing along to your favorite oldies-but-goodies from beginning to end. Read More

Playbill Goes Backstage With Motown Star Bryan Terrell Clark (Video)

June 20, 2013 – Playbill.com

Bryan Terrell Clark — who plays legendary soul singer Marvin Gaye — took video camera in hand and led Playbill on a backstage tour of the Broadway hit Motown. Read More

Berry Gordy, Elton John, Bernie Taupin, Aerosmith, More Honored at Songwriters Hall of Fame Event

June 14, 2013 – Billboard.com

NEW YORK -- The Songwriters Hall of Fame dinner is pretty much the do of the year for the music publishing industry, and in addition to virtually everyone who’s anyone in the executive side of that world, there’s always a jaw-dropping array of legendary talent in the house, from superstars (Elton John, Sting, Billy Joel, Smokey Robinson, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, to name just a few) to legendary but less-universally recognized songwriters (Bernie Taupin, John David Souther, Paul Williams, Tony Hatch). Read More

Motown Records Founder Berry Gordy Honored with Philadelphia's 2013 Marian Anderson Award

June 11, 2013 – Playbill.com

The 2013 Marian Anderson award will go to Motown Records founder Berry Gordy, according to PhiladelphiaCBSlocal.com. Gordy, who is a producer and songwriter, played a large role in the development of R&B music. Read More

Cast of Motown The Musical Performs on Wendy Williams

June 11, 2013 – Wendy Williams

The cast of Motown the Musical perform a medley of Jackson 5 songs that will make you nostalgic for your childhood! Plus, Raymond Luke Jr., who plays a young Michael Jackson, gives Wendy some advice for her Broadway debut in Chicago: The Musical. Read More

Cast of Motown The Musical Perform ‘Do You Love Me’

June 11, 2013 – Katie Couric

Motown is a new musical on Broadway that has everybody dancing in the streets. It is about the incredible music that defined a decade and the maestro behind all those hit songs, Berry Gordy.. Read More

Cast of Motown The Musical Performs at 67th Annual Tony Awards

June 10, 2013 – CBS.com

The cast of Motown The Musical performed a medley of songs from the Broadway hit including "Get Ready," "Dancing In The Street," "Want You Back," and "The Love You Save," on last night's 67th Annual Tony Awards. Read More

Behind-the-Scenes At Motown The Musical

June 7, 2013 – Inside Edition

INSIDE EDITION went behind-the-scenes at the Motown The Musical on Broadway to meet the actors who are portraying some of music's most iconic stars. Read More

Valisia LeKae on Channeling Diana Ross in Motown: 'My Entire Life Has Prepared Me for This Role'

June 7, 2013 – Parade

Eight times a week, LeKae channels her inner diva as the legendary performer in Motown, the hit musical that shines a light on the incredibly journey of music mogul Berry Gordy, who launched the careers of Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, and many more. The Broadway production picked up four Tony nominations, including a Leading Actress nod for LeKae. (Tune in June 9 on CBS at 8 p.m. ET to see who wins!) Read More

Berry Gordy memoir that inspired Broadway hit Motown The Musical being reissued as e-book

June 6, 2013 – Washington Post

Gordy’s “To Be Loved,” first published in 1994, had been out of print. The e-edition is scheduled for release Thursday by RosettaBooks, a digital publisher. The book covers Gordy’s rise from high school dropout to head of a record label that featured Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and Diana Ross and turned out scores of hits in the 1960s and ‘70s. The book was adapted for Motown The Musical, which Gordy co-produced. The show has been nominated for 4 Tonys, with the awards ceremony scheduled for Sunday. Read More

The Billy Elliot of Africa Finds His Feet On Broadway

June 5, 2013 – Forbes Africa

Warren Adams dared to dream where many feared to dance.  His passion for ballet took him from a sleep South African town to the bright lights of Broadway. Read More

Motown wins big at the 2013 Astaire Awards

June 4, 2013 – Playbill.com

The 31st Annual Fred & Adele Astaire Awards were held June 3 at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. The high-grossing musical Motown took home top honors. Read More

Diana Ross and Katie Couric Join the Party Backstage at Motown The Musical

June 3, 2013 – Broadway.com

Diana Ross made a triumphant return to the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre to catch a second showing of Motown The Musical, which recounts Ross’s real-life romance with Motown founder Berry Gordy. Ross caught the show on opening night, but she returned with daughter Rhonda Ross Kendrick on June 1 for a second helping of the box office-busting smash. Read More

Melissa Harris-Perry:Hottest show on Broadway comes to Nerdland

May 30, 2013 – MSNBC

Watch Melissa Harris-Perry chat with Charles Randolph-Wright, Brandon Victor Dixon and Valisia LeKae on Nerdland.   Read More

Motown The Musical the No. 1 box office breaking hit of the season!

May 30, 2013 – Fox NY

The New York Times just crowned Motown The Musical the No. 1 box office breaking hit of the season. So naturally we wanted to see what all hype is about. Read More

Motown The Musical Broadway Cast Recording: Exclusive First Listen

May 29, 2013 – Parade.com

The hits keep coming! Motown The Musical shines a light on the incredibly journey of music mogul Berry Gordy, who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, and many more. Read More

Motown Stunner Valisia LeKae Talks Raiding Diana Ross' Closet, Singing at Dollywood and Kissing Cyndi Lauper

May 20, 2013 – Broadway.com

Valisia LeKae, who steals the spotlight in Motown the Musical, talks about channeling Diana Ross, enjoying unexpected audience participation and her childhood in Memphis. Read More

Motown The Musical Sets June Release Date for Original Broadway Cast Album

May 13, 2013 – Broadway.com

The original Broadway cast recording of Motown The Musical, which features a slew of favorites from the Motown music catalogue, will be released on June 4 by Motown/Universal Music Enterprises. Read More

Motown The Musical's Jackson 5 Perform On Access Hollywood Live

May 9, 2013 – Access Hollywood Live

The Jackson Five from the Tony-nominated Broadway show Motown The Musical treat Billy Bush and Kit Hoover to a live performance on Access Hollywood Live. And do Billy & Kit have the dance moves to join the group? Motown The Musical is currently playing at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in New York. Read More

Watch: An Exclusive Look at the Swarovski-Embellished Costumes in Motown The Musical

May 7, 2013 – Elle

Diana Ross fans should know by now that Motown The Musical is one of this season's must-see Broadway hits. The show's stunning lead Valisia LeKae, who plays Ross, was just nominated for a Tony Award in the category of "Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical." And Motown is also in the running for "Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musica" (for Charl Brown's performance as Smokey Robinson), as well as "Best Orchestration" (Ethan Popp and Bryan Crook) and "Best Sound Design of a Musical" (Peter Hylenski). Read More

Valisia LeKae wins Theatre World Award

May 7, 2013 – Playbill.com

Theatre World's 2013 honorees for Outstanding Broadway or Off-Broadway Debut Performance, the Fifth Annual Dorothy Loudon Award for Excellence in the Theater for an Outstanding Performance in a Broadway or Off-Broadway Production, and the newly established John Willis Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre were announced May 7. Read More

Fashion and Beauty: Stylin’ and Profilin’ With Emilio Sosa

May 6, 2013 – BET

Clip : The designer brings his fashion flavor to Motown The Musical. Read More

Motown Man

May 3, 2013 – New York Post

Doug Morris, the chairman and CEO of Sony Music, has had his hands on plenty of hits over the years — most recently Justin Timberlake’s “20/20 Experience.” But few, he said, can match the intensity of Motown The Musical, the smash Broadway hit he invested $16.5 million in, which is playing to sellout crowds at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater. Read More

Motown The Musical has been nominated for four Tony Awards®

April 30, 2013 – Tony Awards

Motown The Musical has been nominated for four Tony Awards including Best Actress (Valisia LeKae), Best Featured Actor (Charl Brown), Best Orchestrations and Best Sound Design! Read More

Corporate Sponsorship Is a Broadway Hit

April 25, 2013 – Bloomberg Businessweek

During a recent commercial break from the warbling singers of The Voice, you might have caught an ad featuring Motown Records founder Berry Gordy, riding statesman-like in a white Chrysler 300 Motown Edition. The cinematic spot follows Gordy, 83, as he and his Chrysler soar from his label’s original Hitsville U.S.A. building in Detroit to the Lunt-Fontanne Theater in New York, home of Gordy’s new Broadway show, Motown The MusicalRead More

Exclusive Photos! Get Down with the Sound at Motown The Musical’s Cast Album Recording Session

April 23, 2013 – Broadway.com

Broadway.com is thrilled to bring you an exclusive look behind the scenes at the recording session for the upcoming original cast album of Motown The Musical. The new tuner is currently driving audiences wild at Broadway’s Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, with stars Valisia LeKae and Brandon Victor Dixon leading the cast as Diana Ross and Berry Gordy. Read More

Smokey Robinson: ‘Feels good’ hearing others sing my songs

April 18, 2013 – TODAY

Acclaimed singer-songwriter Smokey Robinson is no stranger to success after more than four decades of hits, and his accomplishments are portrayed in a new Broadway show called Motown The Musical. He tells Kathie Lee and Hoda that it’s “amazing” seeing his life played out on the stage. Read More

Star-Packed Red Carpet for Motown The Musical

April 16, 2013 – BET

A part of American music history hit Broadway on Sunday and BET.com had a front row seat. We had our cameras at the red carpet premiere of Motown The Musical and caught up with Detroit legends like Gladys Knight, Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson and, of course, Berry Gordy. Read More

Motown The Musical Opens On Broadway

April 16, 2013 – Access Hollywood

A new, bright light on Broadway is Motown The Musical and Access was there for Sunday’s opening night, which brought out the legends in this celebration written by Motown founder Berry Gordy. Read More

Starry Opening for Motown

April 16, 2013 – New York Post

Before curtain Jesse Jackson worked the crowd. Then looked to squeeze into his aisle, which was two ahead of me. Wrong seat. Wrong row. Rescued, an usher led the Rev away. Behind me, barely seeing through my shellacked updo, Sting and Mrs. Sting. This gent, who knows from music, swayed and grooved to the music. Smokey Robinson in a tux: “I knew Berry Gordy and Motown before stardom, before Motown, before Berry got famous. He was just a songwriter when we met. He was my manager.” Read More

Music Legends Galore Get Into the Groove at Motown The Musical’s Broadway Opening Night

April 15, 2013 – Broadway.com

Dozens of music icons hit the red carpet outside the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre to celebrate the much-anticipated Broadway opening night of Motown The Musical, the brand new tuner that charts the story of Motown founder Berry Gordy and the birth of the sound that changed the nation. Read More

Get Ready...

April 15, 2013 – NBC New York

Get ready for a toe tapping, finger-snapping good time. Motown The Musical officially opened on Broadway, and all the stars were out to celebrate. Read More

Broadway's Motown Magic

April 15, 2013 – Wall Street Journal

Roseland Ballroom has seen some major musical talent over the decades, but the opening night party for Motown The Musical on Sunday was an event of an entirely different order. Read More

Berry Gordy recalls one night with Diana Ross that wasn’t a big hit

April 15, 2013 – NY Daily News

When we caught up with Motown mastermind Gordy at Roseland Ballroom, he was man enough to talk about a scene in the play where he wasn’t … man enough. At one point in the show, after Gordy tells Robinson he’s going to spend a night in Paris with Ross and “knock it out of the ball park,” Ross is seen comforting Gordy in bed, when he apparently failed to step up to the plate. Read More

Photo Coverage: Music Legends Join Motown The Musical for Opening Night Curtain Call!

April 15, 2013 – BroadwayWorld.com

Motown The Musical opened last night, April 14, 2013, at Broadway's The Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (205 West 46 Street). Many of the legendary stars that were part of the actual MOTOWN sound came out to celebrate the show, including the curtain call; check it out below! Read More

Berry Gordy on Motown The Musical

April 2013 – CBS This Morning

Record producer Berry Gordy speaks to the "CBS This Morning" co-hosts about the opening of Motown The Musical on Broadway in New York City. Watch Here

Smokey Weighs in on Motown The Musical

April 2013 – ET

Motown The Musical, written by renowned producer and record executive Berry Gordy, is getting a lot of buzz from early previews leading up to its April 14 premiere. One the great talents profiled in the show, Smokey Robinson, told ET what he thinks about his story heading to Broadway. Watch Here

Stevie Wonder and Motown’s Real-Life Mega-Stars Step Out for Family Night at Motown The Musical

April 8, 2013 – Broadway.com

A show like Motown The Musical doesn’t hit Broadway without a legion of music legends coming out to support it! In a special pre-opening event, label founder (and the musical's book writer) Berry Gordy welcomed a slew of stars from the Motown music catalogue to the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre for a special "Family Night," which celebrated the artists, employees and family that built the legendary label. Read More

Sense, Sensibility and Elbow Grease

April 4, 2013 – The New York Times

When it comes to demanding clients, Diana Ross has nothing on Jane Austen. Imagine the pressures faced by the dressmaker Emilio Sosa, who, when he was not competing on “Project Runway All Stars” over the last year, was designing costumes simultaneously for Motown The Musical (now in previews on Broadway) and a new musical adaptation of the novel “Sense and Sensibility" that opens in Denver on Friday. Read More

Motown The Musical Cast Bring Classic Hits to Times Square

April 4, 2013 – "Good Morning America"

New Broadway musical's cast give "GMA" a special preview of the show. Watch Here

Brandon Victor Dixon on Ballin' with Berry Gordy, Meeting Oprah and Making Motown Sing on Broadway

March 29, 2013 – Broadway.com

Tony nominee Brandon Victor Dixon talks his new gig as Berry Gordy in Motown The Musical, his starmaking turns in The Color Purple and The Scottsboro Boys and why people don't recognize him at the stage door. Watch Here

Motown The Musical Features A Young Berry Gordy, Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson

March 28, 2013 – Huffington Post

If making your Broadway debut at age 12 doesn't sound scary enough, imagine doing it in an iconic role. Now triple it. That's what Raymond Luke Jr. and Jibreel Mawry are facing. They're taking turns portraying a preteen Michael Jackson, a young Motown founder Berry Gordy and an adolescent Stevie Wonder in Motown The Musical. Read More

VIDEO: Bringing Motown to Broadway

March 27, 2013 – Wall Street Journal

When word spread that Motown The Musical was coming to Broadway, the big question was what would happen to the classic songs that defined a generation. For Music Supervisor Ethan Popp, the answer was simple: nothing. Watch Here

A Supreme being

March 21, 2013 – New York Post

Attention all aspiring Broadway stars: Valisia LeKae’s story will either serve as an inspiration — or make you very, very jealous. “I’m not a trained actress, dancer or singer,” says LeKae. “I was the first of my family to go to college [at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville] and was pre-med initially, then changed to psychology. I never even knew you could major in theater.” Read More

Motown's Funk Brothers honored with Hollywood Walk of Fame star

March 21, 2013 – Detroit Free Press

The band that made grooves for the stars now has its own Hollywood immortality.  A star commemorating Motown’s Funk Brothers was revealed in the sidewalk on the Hollywood Walk of Fame during an upbeat but emotional ceremony this afternoon. Read More

“Stop! In the name of style”

March 16, 2013 – New York Post

The actors in the new Broadway musical, Motown The Musical, may not have been born in the ’60s (or even ’70s), but the stars portraying Diana Ross, Berry Gordy, Smokey Robinson and Martha Reeves are definitely cut from the same cloth as the groundbreaking icons they play, with the help of a Motown-worthy wardrobe that is still smokin’ today. Read More

DIVA TALK: A Chat With Motown The Musical Star Valisia LeKae

March 15, 2013 – Playbill.com

Valisia LeKae, who made her Broadway debut in the most recent revival of Threepenny Opera, is currently portraying Grammy-winning icon Diana Ross in the new musical Motown, about the life and career of music mogul Berry Gordy, at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. Read More

Motown The Musical star Valisia LeKae strikes a pose as Diana Ross

March 11, 2013 – New York Daily News

Get ready — cuz here she comes! Valisia LeKae has plunged into her role as Diana Ross in Motown the Musical. In this exclusive first-look photo for the Daily News, LeKae channels the superstar in a Bob Mackie-inspired white gown with deep-diving décolletage and gobs of bugle beads. Read More

Meet the cast of Motown The Musical 

March 10, 2013 – Detroit Free Press

Before he landed on Broadway, Jibreel Mawry was making a name the new-fashioned way: on the Internet. With busy accounts on YouTube and Twitter, the Stout Middle School student loved showing off his skills as a Michael Jackson impersonator, including clips from Hart Plaza and the Boll Family YMCA. Read More

Motown founder readies for 'last major endeavor'

March 8, 2013 – Associated Press

For Berry Gordy, conquering Broadway is the next — and by his own admission, last — major milestone of a magical, musical career. Read More

A Shared History in Detroit Is an Ad Inspiration

February 28, 2013 – The New York Times

The Chrysler Group is bringing to life the advertising theme for its Chrysler brand, “Imported from Detroit,” through an innovative partnership with a coming Broadway show that bears the Detroit-inspired name of one of the most famous brands in music. Read More

Michael Jackson Hits Broadway! First Look at Motown The Musical

February 25, 2013 – People.com

Raymond Luke Jr. plays the young Jackson, who, as part of the Jackson Five with his four older brothers, was signed by Gordy in 1968, when Michael was only 10 – the same age Luke, who is now 12, was when he started "studying" the genuine Jackson.  Read More

Looking Out for the Revelations

February 21, 2013 – The New York Times

The director who chose not to hire Valisia LeKae after her first theater audition a decade ago is now helping her shape the role he says will make her a Broadway star. Some rejections, it seems, lead to happy endings.  Read More

Classic Music Alert! Motown The Musical to Release Cast Album Plus Greatest Hits Collection

February 19, 2013 – Broadway.com

Fans of the classic tunes from Motown The Musical will have plenty of chances to groove along to those soulful oldiesThe ensemble of the Broadway-bound tuner will record an original cast album containing new renditions of Motown songs featured in the show.  Read More

Berry Gordy Talks Diana Ross and Motown The Musical

February 19, 2013 – The Root

When Berry Gordy began Motown Records in Detroit in 1959, few people thought he would be successful, he now says. But decades after ruling the Billboard charts and cementing his place in popular culture with films like Lady Sings the Blues, Gordy is on the cusp of conquering a new stage, Broadway.  Read More

Motown The Musical has 6 of the hottest chorus members on Broadway!

February 13, 2013 – Time Out New York

Ephraim Sykes, Wilkie Ferguson III and Eric LaJuan Summers made the "10 hottest chorus boys opening in Broadway musicals this Spring" list. Read More

Lauren Lim Jackson, Ariana DeBose and Marielys Molina made the "10 hottest chorus girls opening in Broadway musicals this Spring" list.  Read More

Valisia LeKae channels the sound and look of Diana Ross for Motown The Musical on Broadway

February 10, 2013 – New York Daily News

For Valisia LeKae, who stars as Diana Ross in Motown The Musical, fashion reigns supreme.  “I love vintage clothes,” she says. “I’ve collected pieces for years.”  LeKae especially likes to reach out and touch — and wear — styles from the 1960s.  Read more

Brandon Victor Dixon, Berry Gordy and the Stars of Motown The Musical Strut Their Soulful Stuff

February 7, 2013 – Broadway.com

In a special press preview, Gordy showed off his talented cast of crooners and dancers as they performed a selection of musical numbers from the high-energy tuner. Before Motown The Musical opens on Broadway this April at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, take a sneak peek at this sure-to-be crowd pleaser! Read more

Motown The Musical To Offer Broadway Plenty Of Soul

February 7, 2013 – NY1

The behind-the-scenes story of Motown is heading to Broadway as Motown The Musical prepares for its previews next month. Last week, the company invited On Stage's Frank DiLella to take a sneak peek. Read more

Motown The Musical Taps Raymond Luke Jr. and Jibreel Mawry to Play Young Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder

February 6, 2013 – Playbill.com

Child actors Raymond Luke Jr. and Jibreel Mawry will take on the roles of young Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and Berry Gordy in the new Broadway musical Motown, which will begin previews March 11 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. Read more

Music takes center stage as legendary Motown comes to life on Broadway

February 6, 2013 – New York Daily News

Back in the day, the Temptations sang “Get Ready,” and that title is doubly appropriate as previews of Motown The Musical are slated to start March 11 on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. Read more

From Detroit to Broadway

February 3, 2013 – Crains New York

Broadway producer Kevin McCollum should be dancing in the streets: He and his partners are paying for only one of the two Times Square billboards that will both be up by next month touting their latest production, Motown The Musical, which highlights the life of the record label’s legendary founder, Berry Gordy. Read more

Berry Gordy mixes it up with the actor playing him in Broadway's Motown The Musical

February 1, 2013 – Entertainment Weekly

In an exclusive video clip to promote the Broadway-bound Motown The Musical, actor Brandon Victor Dixon (The Color Purple) sits face to face with the big man himself: Berry Gordy, the founder of the legendary R&B record label that made stars of artists like Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, the Temptations, Michael Jackson, and the Jackson Five. Read more

Brandon Victor Dixon and Valisia LeKae Feature in "Vanity Fair"

January 31, 2013 – Vanity Fair

Octogenarian impresario Berry Gordy, whose autobiographical Motown The Musical opens in April, knows exactly why Valisia LeKae was cast as Diana Ross.  "Valisia is Diana Ross," says Gordy. Read more

First Look: Motown The Musical on Broadway!

January 29, 2013 – TheGrio.com

Motown The Musical will make it’s Broadway debut this spring, and by the looks of things, fans of the legendary Motown sound are for a treat. Read more

Smokey Robinson Talks Motown The Musical on CBS News

January 19, 2012 – CBS News “This Morning”

Singer Smokey Robinson, who will be performing Monday night at one of Washington D.C.'s, inaugural balls, shares his thoughts on the historic re-election of Barack Obama. Watch here

Motown Exclusive! See Brandon Victor Dixon and Valisia LeKae in Costume as Berry Gordy and Diana Ross

January 16, 2013 – Broadway.com

One of the spring’s most anticipated new shows is Motown The Musical, a brand new Broadway tuner that charts the career of music mogul Berry Gordy Jr., and his relationship with the legendary Diana Ross. Rehearsals for the soulful show began this week, and Broadway.com has an exclusive studio shot of Tony nominee Brandon Victor Dixon (The Color Purple) and Valisia LeKae as 1980s-era Gordy and Ross, introduced here in full costume (and wigs!) for the first time. Read more

Broadway star Brandon Victor Dixon talks portraying legendary Motown creator Berry Gordy

January 15, 2013 – Entertainment Weekly

Not many people know that prior to founding Motown, Gordy was a featherweight boxer. But it’s just that idea that’s behind an EW exclusive promo image from the new Broadway show Motown: The Musical, which tells the real-life story of Gordy and feature hits from Diana Ross and The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, and many others. Gordy will be portrayed by Brandon Victor Dixon (The Color Purple), also in the photo (left). Read more

Motown The Musical in Broadway's Spring Preview

January 13, 2013 - New York Daily News

Broadway works in weird, wonderful ways – and hooray for that. After the lackluster autumn on the Great White Way, we could all use some jolts of excitement, along with shows and stars to look forward to. Read more

Valisia LeKae is one of Entertainment Weekly's 13 to Watch in 2013

January 2, 2013 – Entertainment Weekly

LeKae takes center stage this spring as Diana Ross in the jukebox tribute to Berry Gordy's Detroit hit factory. Those are some big stilettos to fill, but LeKae's Ragtime and The Book of Mormon training should serve her well as she brings Gordy's muse and Michael Jackson's mentor to the Great White Way for the first time. Read more

Berry Gordy Star of new Motown-themed Chrysler Ad

December 20, 2012 – Detroit News

Chrysler recruited hometown star Eminem for a memorable 2011 Super Bowl ad that introduced the tagline "Imported From Detroit." The automaker is going back to that well with an ad campaign it launched Thursday relying on another homegrown entertainment figure: Motown Records founder Berry Gordy. Read more

Broadway's Motown The Musical Will Feature Charl Brown, Morgan James, Saycon Sengbloh and More

December 10, 2012 - Playbill.com

Charl Brown, Morgan James, Saycon Sengbloh, John Jellison and N'Kenge have been cast in Broadway's Motown The Musical, about the life and career of music mogul Berry Gordy, which will begin previews March 11, 2013, at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. Read more

Stars of Broadway's Motown research roles at museum

November 28, 2012 - Detroit News

It's not every day that Berry Gordy Jr. and Diana Ross stop by the Motown Historical Museum. OK, it was Broadway's Berry Gordy and Diana Ross who posed arm in arm for photos on the steps of 2648 W. Grand Blvd. Read more

2 lead actors and director of upcoming Broadway musical about Motown visit Hitsville, USA

November 28, 2012 – Associated Press

The stars of the upcoming Broadway musical about Motown Records have read pretty much every book about and listened to every song from that golden era of American music. The research only took them so far, so they decided to come and see Hitsville, U.S.A., for themselves. Read more

Broadway's Motown The Musical visits Detroit

November 27, 2012 - Detroit Free Press

Motown The Musical is getting a taste of the Motor City today. Director Charles Randolph-Wright, lead actor Brandon Victor Dixon (Berry Gordy Jr.) and lead actress Valisia LeKae (Diana Ross) are in Detroit for a whirlwind visit as the show sprints toward its spring opening on Broadway. Read more

Motown mogul Gordy honored by History Makers

November 19, 2012 – Chicago Tribune

Berry Gordy Jr. always took the unconventional route to success — whether in creating a record company, producing movies or facing a traffic stop, he told an audience Saturday night at the Art Institute of Chicago. Read more

Stevie Wonder to perform Dick Clark tribute at American Music Awards

November 14, 2012 – Entertainment Weekly

This year’s American Music Awards will be the first without its founder Dick Clark. But America’s eternal teenager will still be there in spirit — and in song. Stevie Wonder will be performing a special tribute to Clark at this Sunday’s live ceremony, Dick Clark Productions has announced. The tribute will be introduced by Ryan Seacrest. Read more

Motown The Musical director, Charles Randolph-Wright, featured as one of DC’s Top Men in Arts, Culture and Style

October/November Issue – Capitol File Magazine

In a city driven by politics and policy, 14 of Washington’s leading men reside in a creative class of their own, playing a role in the advancement of the arts, culture and style. Read more

Motown stars, Brandon Victor Dixon and Valisia LeKae, on 107.5 FM

October 6, 2012 – 107.5 FM WBLS

The stars of Motown The Musical were interviewed live on 107.5 FM WBLS radio by host Jeff Foxx after performing at the “Circle of Sisters” convention earlier this month. Listen here

Get ready for Motown The Musical

October 5, 2012 – Caribbean Life News

Motown is coming to midtown. Glamorized, souped-up and ready to go, the Manhattan arrival is not a show about cars but a salute to the motor city and Berry Gordy, its most accomplished record label founder. Spotlighting the music that shattered barriers and shaped lives, “Motown: The Musical” is slated to premiere at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on April 14, 2013. Read more

Motown's Marvelettes Nominated for 2013 R&R Hall of Fame Induction

October 4, 2012 – eurweb.com

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has announced that Motown’s girl group The Marvelettes have been nominated for induction in 2013. The group scored Motown’s fist number one Pop hit with “Please Mr. Postman” in 1961. Read more

Frank Wilson, Motown Songwriter and Producer, Dies at 71

October 3, 2012 – The New York Times

Frank Wilson, a Motown producer and songwriter who wrote or co-wrote some of the label’s biggest hits, including “Love Child,” performed by the Supremes, “All I Need” by the Temptations and “Castles in the Sand” by Stevie Wonder, died on Sept. 27 in Duarte, Calif. He was 71. Read more

Motown The Musical on "New York Live"

September 28, 2012 – WNBC 4

WNBC 4 "New York Live" co-hosts Sara Gore and Jacque Reid attended the Motown The Musical launch event and raved about it during an afternoon broadcast. Watch here

Meet the Cast and Creative Team of Motown! Plus an Exclusive Interview with Aretha Franklin!

September 28, 2012 – BroadwayWorld.com

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL, based on the life of legendary Motown founder Berry Gordy, will open on Broadway at The Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (205 West 46 Street) on April 14, 2013. Watch here

Motown The Musical on Clay Cane Live

September 27, 2012 – AM 1600 WWRL

Clay Cane is joined by co-hosts J'Nara Corbin, Damion West, and Mark Corece to review the incredible Motown The Musical event held on September 27th. Listen here

Tickets for Broadway's Motown The Musical On Sale to Citi Cardmembers Sept. 23

September 23, 2012 - Playbill.com

Citi cardmembers have exclusive access to tickets to Motown, the new musical about the life and career of music mogul Berry Gordy, beginning Sept. 23. Read more

Motown Cast Performs 'Get Ready'/'Dancing in the Street' at Broadway on Broadway

September 10, 2012 - BroadwayWorld.com

Kathie Lee Gifford hosted this year's Broadway on Broadway. The event kicked off the 2012-2013 Broadway season with star performances from new shows and long-running favorites. Watch here

Motown The Musical Announces Broadway Opening Date and Lead Cast

August 27, 2012 - The New York Times

Brandon Victor Dixon will play Berry Gordy Jr. and Valisia LeKae will play Diana Ross when Motown The Musical opens on Broadway in April, the producers announced on Monday. Read more

Motown The Musical to open on Broadway in 2013

August 27, 2012 - music.yahoo.com

Berry Gordon, the legendary music producer behind such acts as The Supremes and The Jackson Five, will have his life story spun into a new Broadway musical. Titled, appropriately enough, Motown: The Musical, the show will open on at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on April 14, 2013. Read more

Motown The Musical to open on Broadway in April

August 27, 2012 - Hollywood Reporter

Brandon Victor Dixon will play record label founder Berry Gordy. The Motown story is coming to Broadway next spring, with Brandon Victor Dixon playing the role of the trailblazing Detroit record label's founder Berry Gordy. Read more