The Straits Times
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Published on Feb 08, 2013
 

Broadway Motown musical features civil rights, love story

 
 

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr watched with approval on Thursday as the cast of upcoming Broadway show Motown: The Musical tore through the storied record label's hits at a 42nd Street rehearsal studio.

The show traces Gordy's rise from a struggling boxer and autoworker to a music mogul who made stars of Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Jackson 5 and others.

"So many other people were telling the story in different ways who were never there and never understood it, just for the sake of exploitation," Gordy, 83, a producer of the show, told Reuters.

The media preview featured hits ranging from The Contours' Do You Love Me - sung as a segregated audience in Birmingham, Alabama, breaks through a rope to hear the group - to Dancing in the Street by Martha and the Vandellas.