Gordy Jr.’s ‘phenomenal story’ will get the crowd swinging and swaying with Motown


MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL

When: Feb. 13-18

Where: Jubilee Auditorium

Tickets: Starting at $35, plus fees, at ticketmaster.ca or call 1-855-985-5000

On Jan. 12, 1959, Berry Gordy Jr. founded Tamla Records in Detroit. By April 14, 1960, the label was renamed Motown – a mix of motor and town in recognition of the city’s nickname. An African-American musical revolution began.

The small label would chart 79 top-10 records in the next decade and introduce such seminal artists as The Jackson 5, Diana Ross and the Supremes, and Stevie Wonder. It’s first signing was the Miracles, whose singer, William (Smokey) Robinson Jr., would eventually go on to become the vice-president of Motown.

Motown: The Musical recounts the story of the label and the personalities behind it. Based upon Gordy Jr.’s 1994 autobiography, To Be Loved: The Music, the Magic, the Memories of Motown, the musical had its Broadway premiere in 2013. Broadway Across Canada presents the show as part of this year’s offerings.

The musical contains a whopping 66 songs from the Motown catalogue. Few of these are the full version, as the show would clock in at nearly three hours before any of the storyline was added. Kenneth Mosley plays Gordy Jr. and admits that it must have been challenging selecting what songs to include from a catalogue of music that we still hear almost daily and is such a permanent fixture of pop culture.

It wasn’t hard discerning who the show is really about. Out of 52 scenes, his Gordy Jr. character is in “around 47.”

Motown the Musical. Kenneth Mosley plays Detroit music mogul Barry Gordy in Broadway Across Canada’s Motown the Musical. 2018 [PNG Merlin Archive] ORG XMIT: POS1801261452112919

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Source:: Edmonton Journal

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