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Up on the Marquee: MOTOWN - THE MUSICAL

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MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL, based on the life of legendary Motown founder Berry Gordy, will open on Broadway at The Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (205 West 46 Street) on April 14, 2013. Preview performances will begin March 11, 2013. See MOTOWN's marquee below!

Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL will feature a book by Berry Gordy and music and lyrics from the Motown legendary catalogue. 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 and The Supremes, Michael Jackson and The Jackson Five, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, Marvin Gaye and many more.

MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL tells the gripping 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's creative team will also feature scenic design by David Korins (Bring It On: The Musical, Annie), costume design by Tony Award nominee ESosa (The Gershwins' Porgy & Bess, Topdog/Underdog), lighting design by Tony Award winner Natasha Katz (Once, Sister Act), sound design by Tony Award nominee Peter Hylenski (Rock of Ages, The Scottsboro Boys) and choreography by Patricia Wilcox (Blues in the Night) and Warren Adams (Toy Story). The 18 piece orchestra will be supervised by Ethan Popp (Rock of Ages) who will reproduce the classic "Sound of Young America" for the Broadway stage.

Photo Credit: Walter McBride

Up on the Marquee: MOTOWN - THE MUSICAL

Up on the Marquee: MOTOWN - THE MUSICAL
Theatre Marquee unveiling: 'Motown: The Musical'

Up on the Marquee: MOTOWN - THE MUSICAL
Theatre Marquee unveiling: 'Motown: The Musical'

Up on the Marquee: MOTOWN - THE MUSICAL
Theatre Marquee unveiling: 'Motown: The Musical'

Up on the Marquee: MOTOWN - THE MUSICAL
Theatre Marquee unveiling: 'Motown: The Musical'

Up on the Marquee: MOTOWN - THE MUSICAL
Theatre Marquee unveiling: 'Motown: The Musical'

Up on the Marquee: MOTOWN - THE MUSICAL
Theatre Marquee unveiling: 'Motown: The Musical'

Up on the Marquee: MOTOWN - THE MUSICAL

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Walter McBride As a 14 year old youth, Walter was transfixed by his first Broadway Show, the original production of 'GREASE'. His Journey to celebrity photojournalism began that fateful night. Meeting, photographing and getting to know the cast inspired him to spend his professional life doing what he loved. Walter moved to Manhattan and for a leading role as a Photographer & Photo Researcher. Currently headlining in New Jersey with his partner Richard and family members Dali (Jack Russell) & Gala (Schnoodle). Recently he made his Broadway debut sharing the stage with Hugh Jackman in 'Hugh Jackman on Broadway' as well as receiving the Actors' Equity Association Gypsy Spirit Award. Walter McBride Photography is syndicated worldwide by Corbis/AP.


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