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Broadway box office: 'Motown' musical joins Million Dollar Club in its first week

The producers of Motown: The Musical must be dancing in the street. In its first week of previews, the Broadway show about Berry Gordy’s legendary R&B label grossed $1.03 million over just seven performances, according to figures from the Broadway League.  Motown (featuring Brandon Victor Dixon and Valisia LeKae, pictured above, as Gordy and Diana Ross) seems primed to become a regular member of the Million Dollar Club of weekly high earners, especially since it begins a standard eight-performance schedule this week. Of course, critics will also weigh in when the show officially opens April 14. In the words of the Temptations, get ready.

Two other new shows cracked the $1 million mark for the week ending March 17. Lucky Guy, the soon-to-open drama penned by the late Nora Ephron, starring Tom Hanks, played to standing-room-only houses and grossed an impressive $1.29 million, representing 115 percent of its potential gross in the Broadhurst Theatre thanks to premium ticket sales. Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella took in $1.1 million, a strong 68 percent of its potential earnings in the larger Broadway Theatre. 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

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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