Motown: The Musical Offers Spectacular Performances Despite Berry Gordy's Half-Told Tale

Surely there should be a certain trepidation about Berry Gordy's Motown: The Musical, since it is based on the famed founder's 1994 book To Be Loved: The Music, the Magic, the Memories of Motown. Motown's story is not an easy one to tell and has further been complicated by some rather unflattering interpretations of Gordy in the past. Those were probably the catalyst for creating this production.

Gordy knew what he was doing then, and he knows what he is doing now. Taking the story for what it is, Gordy manages to depict himself in a fairly positive light. Even the one moment of impotence he chose to share from a personal recollection of intimacy with Diana Ross serves as a humanizing point for the man.

In other words, the story line will not please everyone, and it certainly leaves a lot of the label's history off the table. That said, the production recently wrapped up its original Broadway run this past January, and the cast performing it at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts did a phenomenal job with the music and choreography, which are the real reasons for seeing this musical in the first place.

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Abel Folgar