New Musical Celebrates Life Of Motown Legend Berry Gordy
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CHICAGO (CBS) — It’s an American Dream story with a real-life soundtrack. “Motown The Musical” hits Chicago this spring.
CBS 2’s Roseanne Tellez got a chance to sit down with the man behind the music the legendary Berry Gordy.
Cast members were shaking things up at the Hard Rock Cafe with a preview of “Motown the Musical”, opening in Chicago this April.
“I got so much love from here, and so many of the people backed me from fay one,” said Gordy.
Berry Gordy says Chicago embraced the Motown sound and he’s thrilled to launch the tour here.
The Temptations, the Jackson Five, Diana Ross and the Supremes, the list goes on. Gordy lived this show and now shares details we’ve never heard before.
“It was hard for me to put certain things in there, like the sex scene that I had with Diana [Ross], which wasn’t too good for me,” said Gordy.
The show’s producer says he had an unusual challenge.
“It was an embarrassment of riches. The work was really in culling and shaping and saying, ‘What song can be a narrative?’” said producer Kevin McCollum.
While the show is billed as Berry’s journey, the director says these songs have different meanings for us all.
“He wanted two stories. He His story to happen, but he also wanted the audience to have room for their memory,” said director Charles Randolph-Wright.
We think of Gordy as the man *behind Motown, he’s an artist in his own right. He wrote this show and three of the songs in it.
Not bad for 83-years old. Opens at the Oriental Theater in April, only group tickets on sale now.