It was a starry opening night for Broadway's Motown: The Musical on Sunday, April 14 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. Following the performance, the cast and their guests headed to Roseland Ballroom to celebrate.
Written by Motown Records founder Berry Gordy with a score culled from Motown's legendary catalogue, the musical, directed by Charles Randolph Wright, tells the story of Gordy's rise to prominence in the record industry and tracks his romantic relationship with singer Diana Ross. The production stars Brandon Victor Dixon and Valisia LeKae as Gordy and Diana Ross, respectively.
Guests at the opening night performance included Gordy and Ross, as well as legendary Motown singers Smokey Robinson, Gladys Knight, Mary Wilson, Claudette Robinson, The Commodores, and songwriters Eddie Holland and Lamont Dozier; LMFAO member Redfoo; Bono; Sting and Trudy Styler; record moguls Clive Davis and Tommy Mottola (with wife Thalia); Broadway veterans Brian d'Arcy James, Jane Fonda, S. Epatha Merkerson, Norm Lewis, LaChanze, Orfeh, Andy Karl, Kate Weatherhead, Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Melba Moore, and Debbie Allen; The Trip to Bountiful stars Cuba Gooding Jr. and Vanessa Williams; Lucky Guy star Courtney B. Vance; Kathie Lee Gifford; Hoda Kotb; Andy Cohen; CBS head honcho Les Moonves and wife, Julie Chang; Rosanna Arquette; Star Jones; Mary Hart, and more.
The cast also includes Charl Brown as Smokey Robinson; Bryan Terrell Clark as Marvin Gaye; Raymond Luke Jr. and Jibreel Mawry alternating in the roles of Young Berry Gordy, Michael Jackson, and Stevie Wonder; and an ensemble that includes Timothy J. Alex, Nicholas Christopher, Rebecca E. Covington, Ariana DeBose, Andrea Dora, Preston W. Dugger III, Wilkie Ferguson, Dionne Figgins, Marva Hicks, Sasha Hutchings, Lauren Lim Jackson, Morgan James, John Jellison, Crystal Joy, Grasan Kingsberry, Marielys Molina, Sydney Morton, Jarran Muse, Jesse Nager, Milton Craig Nealy, N'Kenge, Dominic Nolfi, Saycon Sengbloh, Ryan Shaw, Jamal Story, Eric LaJuan Summers, Ephraim Sykes, Julius Thomas III, Daniel J. Watts, and Donald Webber, Jr.
- Opening Night
- Berry Gordy
- Diana Ross
- Smokey Robinson
- Gladys Knight
- The Commodores
- Evander Holyfield
- Jane Fonday