Denver, Colorado (PRWEB) April 02, 2013
Motown: The Musical began previews on Broadway three weeks ago, and the show is already off to a chart-topping start.
While official opening night is April 14, the new production is already Broadway’s top box office draw. It played to 102.9 percent capacity with a total of 10,552 patrons for its second week in a row ending March 24, 2013.
In statistics compiled by entertainment-link.com., Broadway's The Book of Mormon, The Lion King and Newsies ranked next in order of capacity for the period.
The musical explores the Motor City birth of the Motown sound, considered one of music’s noteworthy movements – a style of soul with a distinct pop influence.
It also tells the back story of founder, Berry Gordy, and his journey in developing Motown’s singers. The early lives of aspiring stars Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and Marvin Gaye are also portrayed.
Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, the cast includes Brandon Victor Dixon as Berry Gordy. Dixon is a 2006 Tony Award nominee for his work in The Color Purple. Grammy-winning icon Diana Ross is played by Valisia LeKae, who made her Broadway debut in the most recent revival of Threepenny Opera.
Pre-teen talents Jibreel Mawry and Raymond Luke Jr. share the roles of a young Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and Berry Gordy. Charl Brown plays Smokey Robinson and Bryan Terrell Clark is cast as Marvin Gaye.
Costume designer Emilio Sosa, with everything from casual resort wear to formal couture beaded gowns in the mix, says Motown is “one of the largest costumed shows to hit Broadway in a very long time.” There are an estimated 350 outfits, 70 percent of which are his designs, and 135 different wigs.
Then there’s the choreography by Patricia Wilcox and Warren Adams. And, of course, the soundtrack of classics from the legendary Motown catalog, including: “Get Ready,” “Shop Around,” “Where Did Our Love Go,” “What’s Going On,” “My Girl,” “Tears of a Clown,” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” ... to name just a few. It's no wonder the musical is a hit.
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Motown, a record company combining the words `motor’ and `town’, was founded in Detroit, Michigan by Berry Gordy in 1959. Early artists included Mable John, Eddie Holland and Mary Wells with a song called "Shop Around". It was the Miracles' first Number One R&B hit and the company’s first million-selling record.
In 1961, another group, The Marvelettes scored the label’s first U.S. number-one pop hit, "Please Mr. Postman". By the mid-1960s, the brand was a major force in music. And, from 1961 to 1971, Motown had 110 Top 10 hits.
Artists on the Motown label included Diana Ross & The Supremes, The Four Tops, and The Jackson 5. Other stars such as Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Marvelettes, and The Miracles released hits on the company’s original Tamla label.
Motown also had other labels featuring The Temptations, The Contours, and Martha and the Vandellas – as well as The Velvelettes, The Spinners, The Monitors, Chris Clark, Jr. Walker & The All Stars, Jimmy Ruffin, Shorty Long, The Originals, and Gladys Knight & the Pips. (Source: Wikipedia.com)
As a companion to the production, Universal Music released the album Motown Originals: The Classic Songs That Inspired The Broadway Show on March 5, 2013. No release date has been set for the cast album.
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