Photo Coverage: MOTOWN Cast Launches THE TRUTH IS A HIT at Schomburg Center
The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture just launched its first exhibition of 2014, MOTOWN: THE TRUTH IS A HIT. Featuring items that highlight Motown's inimitable founder Berry Gordy and the institution's most beloved musical acts, the multi-media showcase chronicles one of the most significant record labels in American music history. Earlier this week, the company of the show gathered to launch the exhibition with a special performance. BroadwayWorld was there for the festivities and you can check out photos below!
Presented by Northern Trust, the exhibition is produced in partnership with the Motown Museum, the Schomburg Center, and Motown the Musical and will be on display from February 1, 2014 to July 26, 2014 at the Schomburg Center.
THE TRUTH IS A HIT explores Motown's early start as Tamla Records in 1959 Detroit through pivotal times in both musical and American history. From the Great Migration of blacks from the southern states to the industrial cities of the north and west, to the label's involvement with the Civil Rights Movement, to the protest songs of the Vietnam War, the "Motown Sound" provided lasting, soulful narratives for generations of black Americans throughout the country and served as a lasting influence for future musicians of all races and genres.
MOTOWN THE MUSICAL, featuring music and lyrics from the legendary Motown catalogue and a book by Berry Gordy, began performances March 11, 2013 at The Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (205 West 46th Street), and opened April 14, 2013. It began as one man's story... became everyone's music...and is now Broadway's musical. Motown the Musical is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy's journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and so many more.
Photo Credit: Kevin Thomas Garcia
Motown recording artist Chris Clark
Charles Randolph-Wright, Berry Gordy and Motown Museum's Robin Terry
Krystal Joy Brown and her mother
Krystal Joy Brown and Trisha Jeffrey with producer Kevin McCollum