Get Ready: Motown The Musical Is Heading Home To Detroit
Stop! In the Name of Love citizens of Detroit, I Can’t Help Myself as I tell you Whats Going On with the iconic Detroit musical Motown the Musical! Let the dancin’ in the streets commence in Detroit has the sound of the iconic city heads home from Broadway! Motown the Musical debuted last year on Broadway and brought the iconic sound of Berry Gordy and Detroit to life on stage in New York City in a Broadway musical. After much success, the musical is now set to hit the road around the country and you better believe this show is headed home on one of it’s very first stops. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that Motown the Musical has scheduled a homecoming and is heading for Detroit!
Producer Kevin McCollum has announced that Motown the Musical will have a homecoming and head to the city where it all began. McCollum proudly announced the Broadway musical would debut in Detroit in Fall 2014 as a part of the production’s first national tour. The show will do a four-week sit down in the city and play from October 21st, 2014 through November 16th. The show will find it’s home at the historic Fisher Theatre in downtown Detroit.
McCollum discussed how the Broadway version of Motown has continued to receive edits over the past year as it has played out on the Great White Way. He mentioned that by the time the show gets to Detroit, who knows where it could be as Gordy continues to rework certain aspects of the production. The National Tour will kick off in Chicago and then head to Detroit to take part in the Broadway in Detroit series. Rehearsals are set to begin in five weeks.
In a statement to the press, McCollum expressed his excitement to the press about Motown‘s homecoming;
“We’re very excited about the Detroit dates. Anytime you can do Motown the Musical in the town that birthed it, it is special, not only for the community but for us as well. And it’s great to be at the Fisher Theatre, so close to the neighborhood where Hitsville is.The young company will be able to immerse themselves in the city for a month and be part of the Detroit community while they tell this great story about Detroit.”
Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr. followed in expressing his excitement for the musical to hit the stage in the city where his life forever changed.
“I am so happy that Motown The Musical is coming to Detroit’s Fisher Theatre, less than a mile down the street from Hitsville, U.S.A. . I feel honored to bring it home – to the people who really know me. This is where it all began. I am incredibly proud of this show and thrilled to share our story with those of you who already know it and, even more, with a new generation of Detroiters.”
The production is helmed by Charles Randolph-Wright who directs the piece. The show features choreography by Patricia Wilcox and Warren Adams. The rest of the creative team includes David Korins as scenic designer, Tony Award nominee Esosa as costume designer, Tony Award winner Natasha Katz as lighting designer and Tony Award nominee Peter Hylenski as sound designer. The production features a project design by Daniel Brodie and a hair and wig design by Charles LaPointe.
Motown the Musical is a jukebox musical that was created by Berry Gordy featuring the music and lyrics of many Motown artists. The story follows the plot line of Gordy’s book, To Be Loved: The Music, the Magic, the Memories of Motown, surrounding the early days of Motown and his relationship with Diana Ross. Motown is the celebration of an American dream bringing to life the music of so many artists Berry Gordy created including but not limited to Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and Marvin Gaye. The musical opened on Broadway on April 14th, 2014. Critics enjoyed the music but not the production’s book. The soundtrack was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Musical Album of the Year and Motown ranked as the highest selling show of the Spring 2013 theatre season.
Luner on Theatre could not be more excited about the return of Motown the Musical to Detroit. At this point in history, Detroit needs Motown like Motown needed Detroit. As the city works its way back slowly but surely out of one of the worst urban crisis’ in recent decades, Detroit has found itself at a cross roads. The city once had the most theatre seats in the nation outside of Broadway in New York. Many of those theatres sit abandon, destroyed or decaying now. Motown stands as a chance for Detroit to look at itself for what it once was and what it can still be. Hard work, talent and dedication can bring a city to the very too of its game. As Detroit slowly works out of the hardest times in its history, I only hope Motown the Musical will remind this city and its people of how great they once were, how great they can be and how great they still are.
Luner on Theatre will be sure to keep you updated on Motown the Musical‘s trek home to the Motor City as it heads out on its first national tour later this year! Be sure to check out our entire National Tour Page for more information on productions around the county. We will also be sure to do a special feature on Motown returning to Detroit when it does in Fall 2014. For more information, visit Broadway In Detroit or Motown the Musical’s Official Website. Be sure to check Luner on Theatre on Facebook and Follow Us on Twitter as well! We are constantly updating these pages with information! And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more!