Whether it’s the classic songs by Diana Ross and the Supremes or the crooning sounds of Smokey Robinson, the music and the memories are captured in the Broadway production of “Motown: The Musical,” playing at the San Francisco’s Orpheum Theatre until Sept. 28.
Themusical follows the life of Detroit native Berry Gordy as he works to bring his musical dreams to life. Unable to raise the money he deserved as a writer because of his skin color, Gordy founded Motown Records with an $800 loan from his family.
From that small beginning came a record label that changed music history: Martha and the Vandellas, the Temptations, Mary Wells, the Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye, the Commodores and Stevie Wonder.
Gordy used Motown to spearhead racial integration through popular music. He made the “Motown Sound” a worldwide phenomenon that many loved, regardless of skin color.
Motown Records became the most successful independent record company in history and the most successful Black-owned business in America.
Gordy bonded with his artists, always finding ways to be fair and creative with song selection, while also pushing artists and writers to strive for greatness.
The production also dives into the romance between Gordy and Diana Ross. Captured by her beauty and voice, Gordy helped propel her forward in her career, causing tension with some Motown artists.
“Motown: The Musical” is a five-star production filled with energy, charisma, and classic songs of the heart. The message of survival, determination, commitment, love, and grit is one for the ages.
Gordy’s ability to create Motown from his dreams and ambitions dream is a story that is still relevant, serving as a reminder to all to never give up on what you dare to dream.
“Motown: The Musical” will run at San Francisco’s Orpheum Theatre until Sept. 28. Ticket prices start at $40. For more information, visit www.motownthemusical.com or to purchase tickets visit www.shnsf.com