First look: 'Motown: The Musical' on Broadway

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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. has the exclusive first photos from Motown:The Musical‘s Broadway advertising and promotional campaign.

Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, the musical stars Tony Award nominee Brandon Victor Dixon (The Color Purple) as Berry Gordy, Valisia LeKae (The Book of Mormon) as Diana Ross, Charl Brown (Jersey Boys) as Smokey Robinson among a cast of 40.

Motown: The Musical is produced by Tony Award winning producer Kevin McCollum (Rent, In the Heights, Avenue Q), Sony Music Entertainment Chairman and CEO Doug Morris and Motown founder Berry Gordy and features a book by Mr. Gordy, music and lyrics from the legendary Motown catalog and choreography by Patricia Wilcox and Warren Adams.

Motown: The Musical is the real story of the one-of-a-kind sound that hit the airwaves in 1959 and changed America forever. This exhilarating show charts Motown Founder Berry Gordy’s incredible journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and so many more.

Featuring all the classics you love, Motown: The Musical tells the story behind the hits as Smokey finds his unique voice, Diana skyrockets to stardom and Berry fights against the odds to turn his improbable dream into a triumphant reality. The music that shattered barriers and shaped our lives finally comes to the Broadway stage in the season’s most highly anticipated world-premiere event, Motown: The Musical… Get ready, ’cause here we come!

Broadway previews for Motown: The Musical begin on March 11. Tickets to the show are on sale now.

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