IT’S NOT “SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED,” BUT MOTOWN’S COMING TO BROADWAY!
At 83, Berry Gordy Jr. finally seems to be getting serious about producing an autobiographical musical about Motown, according to Michael Riedel in the NY Post. In 2006 he nearly produced a Motown musical based on a fictional high school romance incorporating the famous songs called “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” in Los Angeles. But he cancelled the show because he had sold his publishing rights to the songs for 300 million dollars and needed to negotiate a deal to use them. The success of Frankie Valli’s “Jersey Boys” pushed him to get serious about doing a Motown musical based on ACTUAL EVENTS. (Plus the success of his son and grandson in LMFAO has made him more relevant.) Berry’s looking for a scriptwriter now and we wonder how HIS version of the story will compare to the memories of his performers like The Supremes and The Temptations...(Above, Berry and The Supremes way back when)