Making good on a promise that seemed unlikely at the time, the producers of the Berry Gordy biotuner Motown The Musical said Monday that the musical will return to Broadway next summer for an 18-week run that will begin in July at the Nederlander Theatre.
A surprise hit of the 2013-2014 season, the show ran at the Nederlander-owned Lunt-Fontanne Theatre and closed on January 18, 2015 after 775 performances. At the time, producers Kevin McCollum, Doug Morris and Gordy promised that the show would be back, an unusual commitment.
The first national tour opened in Chicago in April 2014, grossing $20 million during its 16-week run and ongoing in major markets. A London production is slated to begin performances on February 11, 2016 at the Shaftsbury Theatre.
Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, Motown The Musical tells the story of the music that came out of Detroit in 1959 and had a profound impact on pop music. through the work developed and promoted by Gordy with Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and many more.