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‘Motown the Musical’ to kick off national tour in Chicago
The Broadway smash hit “Motown the Musical,” based on the life and career of Motown founder Berry Gordy, will kick off its national tour in Chicago next year. Broadway in Chicago today announced the show will play the Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph, April 22-July 13, 2014.
The musical, written by Gordy and based on his 1994 autobiography (“To Be Loved: the Music, the Magic, the Memories of Motown”), is blessed with a treasure-trove of iconic songs (many of them truncated or sung in medleys, according to hugely positive, yet still mixed reviews out of New York) from the late 1950s to the early 1980s. The stars represented in the show include Jackie Wilson, Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, the Supremes, Smokey Robinson, Gladys Knight, Mary Wells, Stevie Wonder, the Jackson 5, to name a few.
The creative team behind “Motown” includes Tony-winning producer Kevin McCollum, who has close ties to Chicago.
“It’s an honor to launch the tour of ‘Motown The Musical’ in Chicago– I attended Deerfield High School, and it’s where I developed my love for Broadway,” McCollum said in a prepared statement. “Chicagoans have always had a deep appreciation for great music, great theatre, and great history, which makes it the perfect place to be the first city outside of NY to host Berry Gordy’s incredible story and the legendary Motown catalog. It is a credit to the State Legislature’s support of theater for the Illinois Live Theater Production Tax Credit, which made ‘Motown’ launching in Chicago possible.”
The show is directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, with choreography by Patricia Wilcox (“Blues in the Night”) and Warren Adams (“Toy Story”), with music arrangements and orchestrations by Ethan Popp (“Rock of Ages”).
Group tickets for 10 or more are now on sale by calling (312) 977-1710. Individual tickets will go on sale at a later date. For more information, visit www.BroadwayInChicago.com.