Featuring the music of the legendary Motown catalogue and a book by Motown founder Berry Gordy, the jukebox musical has booked the Nederlander Theatre for a July 12 encore that will last 18 weeks through Nov. 13. The Nederlander's current tenant is the Seth Rudetsky musical spoof Disaster!, which is scheduled to play a limited Broadway run through July 3.
Motown tickets have been on sale exclusively to Citicard members through Feb. 16 at 9:59 AM ET. Tickets go on sale to the general public 10 AM ET Feb. 16 by calling Ticketmaster at (877) 250-2929 or online at Ticketmaster.com. Motown is still on a national tour around the U.S. A London production began performances Feb. 11 at The Shaftesbury Theatre in the West End.
Charles Randolph-Wright directs the musical, which is brimming with songs made famous by Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, Diana Ross and The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Michael Jackson and The Jackson Five.
Motown arrived on Broadway March 11, 2013, and officially opened April 11.
At the time of its closing, Motown had played 37 previews and 738 regular performances. The musical recouped its $18 million investment at the end of 2014. Read the Motown Broadway reviews here.
It was a rare move for producers to shutter a production that consistently surpassed the million dollar mark at the box office; however, Motown is currently on a lucrative, streamlined national tour, which was revised after the Broadway production opened.
Gordy produced the musical along with Tony winner Kevin McCollum (Rent, In the Heights, Avenue Q) and Sony Music CEO Doug Morris. According to producers, "Motown tells the gripping story behind the hits as Smokey finds his unique voice, Diana skyrockets to stardom and Berry fights against the odds to turn his improbable dream into a triumphant reality. The music that shattered barriers and shaped our lives finally comes to the Broadway stage in the season's most highly anticipated world-premiere event."
Motown The Musical’s creative team features choreography by Patricia Wilcox (Blues in the Night) 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) and projection design by Daniel Brodie (Aladdin).
For more information visit MotownTheMusical.com.
Watch highlights from the original run of Motown here: