Berry Gordy, Jr., the founder of Motown records, announced yesterday that he’s working with Rent and Avenue Q producer Kevin McCollum to bring his story to Broadway. They’re looking to debut Motown: The Musical in spring 2013 with a script written by Gordy himself.
The musical looks to trace the rise of Gordy, who started the legendary label and recording juggernaut with $800 borrowed from his family. Of course, Motown’s music will be the main draw, and the production looks to feature songs by Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, and Marvin Gaye. These artists will also be prominent characters in the musical.
Here’s hoping they’ll stage the classic “What’s Going On” session wherein a reportedly drunk James Jamerson recorded his iconic bassline while lying on the studio’s floor. [New York Times]