‘Motown the Musical’ on Stanley stage Jan. 11-12

Published Jan 5, 2017 at 4:00pm

UTICA — Broadway Utica presents Motown the Musical on the Stanley Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 11 and 12.

It tells 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, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and many more. 

Tickets range from $24.25 to $69.25 and can be obtained from Broadway Utica box office, 258 Genesee St., or by phone at 315-724-7196. Group orders of 10-25 and 26 or more may be placed by calling 315-724-7196.

Discounts (senior, military, student) are only for the person making the purchase and cannot be combined with any other discounts or offers.

Producers are Kevin McCollum, Doug Morris and Berry Gordy.

On January 12, 1959, Berry Gordy Jr. obtained a loan of $800 from his family and founded an enterprise he called Motown Records. He set up his Detroit headquarters in a modest house emblazoned with an immodest sign, “Hitsville U.S.A.” The slogan was premature, but prophetic. The company had its first hit record in 1960, and between 1961 and 1971 landed 163 singles in Billboard magazine’sTop 20, including 28 songs that reached No. 1.

Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright,  the movie has more than 40 classic hits such as “My Girl” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.”

Motown the Musical tells the story behind the hits as Diana, Smokey, Berry and the whole Motown family fight against the odds to create the soundtrack of change in America.

“Motown shattered barriers, shaped our lives and made us all move to the same beat,” promoters said.

Motown the Musical features choreography by Patricia Wilcox (A Night with Janis Joplin) 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), hair and wig design by Charles LaPointe (Memphis) and casting by Telsey + Company.

Motown the Musical’s arrangements and orchestrations are by Grammy and Tony Award® nominee Ethan Popp (Rock of Ages), who also serves as music supervisor in reproducing the classic “Sound of Young America,” with co-orchestrations and additional arrangements by Tony Award® nominee Bryan Crook (“Smash”) and dance arrangements by Zane Mark (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels).

Motown the Musical is produced by Tony Award® winning producer Kevin McCollum (Rent, In the Heights, Avenue Q), Chairman and CEO of SONY Music Entertainment Doug Morris and Motown founder Berry Gordy.

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