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This Week on Stage: Alec Baldwin, Nathan Lane, The Rascals and a slew of new openings

The theater season is in full-swing glory right now, and EW has covered no less than nine (!) shows since last week. Broadway is saying one permanent good night (RIP Breakfast at Tiffany’s), and hellos to stage stalwarts as varied as Alec Baldwin, Nathan Lane, Bobby Cannavale and Constantine Maroulis. And Motown legend Berry Gordy throws his hat into the ring too. So, who’s most worth your hard-earned bucks? (Click on the links below to read the full reviews):

The Assembled Parties  Richard Greenberg (already on the boards this season with Tiffany’s) unveils a new play about two Christmases in a tense Upper West Side family’s history. Tanner Stransky called the play “as close to bullet-proof as they come on the Great White Way these days”, highlighting “a first-rate cast [including Judith Light and Jessica Hecht] that feels as familiar and complicated as any real-life clan”. EW grade: A– READ FULL STORY

Berry Gordy mixes it up with the actor playing him in Broadway's 'Motown: The Musical' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

In an exclusive video clip to promote the Broadway-bound Motown: The Musical, actor Brandon Victor Dixon (The Color Purple) sits face to face with the big man himself: Berry Gordy, the founder of the legendary R&B record label that made stars of artists like Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, the Temptations, Michael Jackson, and the Jackson Five. And Gordy is not above ribbing his much younger on-stage alter ego. “The first thing I thought about was, ‘I look so much better than this guy. Why would you take this guy to play me?’” Gordy tells Dixon in the clip, deadpan. “And then of course, I looked in the mirror.” (Somewhere, there’s a session drummer supplying a rimshot.)

Motown: The Musical, which features a script by Gordy himself and a score culled from the Detroit-based label’s extensive catalog of hits, begins previews March 11 before an official opening on April 14. READ FULL STORY

Broadway star Brandon Victor Dixon talks portraying legendary Motown creator Berry Gordy -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTO

Berry Gordy…boxing champion?

Not many people know that prior to founding Motown, Gordy was a featherweight boxer. But it’s just that idea that’s behind an EW exclusive promo image from the new Broadway show Motown: The Musical, which tells the real-life story of Gordy and feature hits from Diana Ross and The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, and many others. Gordy will be portrayed by Brandon Victor Dixon (The Color Purple), also in the photo (left).

“Boxing is one of those things [Gordy] has a love for. [It also represents] his drive and success; he’s a fighter ready to take on the world,” Dixon told EW.

Getting to bring that iconic music to life once again is a dream come true for Dixon. “Michael Jackson has always been my greatest inspiration,” Dixon said. “The Jackson 5 were really my conduit to Motown. Berry Gordy has always been this hazy legendary figure that I’ve known about in my childhood that was responsible for everything that I found important in the world.”
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Aretha Franklin, Smokey Robinson, and more attend 'Motown: The Musical' launch -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Motown: The Musical is coming to Broadway this spring and we’ve got an exclusive video from the launch! The musical tells the story of Motown founder Berry Gordy (played by The Color Purple‘s Brandon Victor Dixon) from his early days as a songwriter in Detroit to the establishment of his legendary record label. The production features songs from Motown’s extensive catalog, which includes artists such as Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, the Temptations, Michael Jackson, and the Jackson Five.

Last Thursday, the cast assembled at the Nederlander Theatre (home to current hit Newsies) to preview numbers from the show. The audience included a number of real-life Motown icons including Gordy (a producer of the show) and Robinson, as well as soul legend Aretha Franklin, who offered praise for what she saw. “Berry does not attach his name to anything that’s not going to be a winner and first class,” she said.

Check out an inside look at the musical, which begins previews at Broadway’s Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on March 11 before an official opening on April 14. READ FULL STORY

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