Universal Music Releases MOTOWN ORIGINALS: THE CLASSIC SONGS THAT INSPIRED THE BROADWAY SHOW
Following the Broadway opening of Motown: The Musical, UMe will also release the Original Cast Recording that will feature the show's talented team of actors singing classic Motown songs and recreating the story of "Hitsville U.S.A."
Directed by Charles Randolph Wright, with a book by Berry Gordy, Motown: The Musical features choreography by Patricia Wilcox (Blues in the Night) and Warren Adams (Toy Story), scenic design by David Korins (Bring It On: The Musical, Annie), costume design by Tony Award nominee ESosa (The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess, "Project Runway"), 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), projection design by Daniel Brodie (Jekyll and Hyde).
Motown: The Musical features arrangements and orchestrations by Ethan Popp (Rock of Ages), who will supervise the 18 piece orchestra and reproduce the classic "Sound of Young America" for the Broadway stage, with co-orchestrations and additional arrangements by Bryan Crook ("Smash"), dance arrangements by Zane Mark (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) and music direction by Joseph Joubert (Nice Work If You Can Get It).
In its classic era-the seminal music scene of the 1960s-Motown's artists were among the most popular, establishing a standard of excellence and sophistication that has never been surpassed. Calling itself "The Sound of Young America," the instantly recognizable and often-imitated Motown Sound blended distinctively passionate singers, the call-and-response vocal arrangements of the African-American church tradition, pop music sensibilities, jazz virtuosity and irresistible rhythms, overlaying them with timeless songwriting.
Today, the label is part of the Universal Music Group, with its classic catalog managed by Universal Music Enterprises (UMe). The label's catalog is unparalleled. The legendary Motown vault is continually explored to unearth previously unheard material. Both are warmly welcomed by a legion of fans and collectors around the world.