MOTOWN THE MUSICAL
“MORE THAN A BROADWAY SHOW. A CELEBRATION OF MUSIC THAT TRANSFORMED AMERICA!” CBS Sunday Morning
“A JOY RIDE! Something close to rapture spreads through the audience!” The New York Times
"STUNNING! Berry Gordy's story is REMARKABLE! His songs are THE SOUNDTRACK OF AMERICA." Associated Press
Playing the Peoria Civic Center Theater
With a loan of $800 from his family’s savings fund, Berry Gordy, Jr. founded Motown Records on January 12, 1959. The Detroit home where it was established took the nickname “Hitsville, U.S.A.” and over the years the company gave birth to some of America’s most iconic performers including Diana Ross & the Supremes, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, Stevie Wonder, the Temptations, the Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson & the Jackson 5, the Marvelettes, Martha Reeves & the Vandellas, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Lionel Richie & the Commodores, Teena Marie, and many more. Under a variety of record labels, Motown released 525 albums including 180 #1 hit songs worldwide.
What Gordy accomplished had ramifications far beyond the world of music. He started Motown just before the civil rights movement was in full flower, when neighborhoods throughout the country remained segregated and music by black artists was mostly relegated to black radio stations. Gordy signed the best singers, hired the best musicians, the best songwriters, the best producers, and the best staff in an endeavor to create irresistible songs with universal appeal. Motown’s artists not only became a staple on mainstream white radio stations, but the top venues around the world. Based upon his book To Be Loved: The Music, The Magic, The Memories of Motown and featuring a script by Gordy himself, Motown The Musical tells the story behind this beloved American sound and includes more than 40 classic hits from the Motown catalogue.
"This hit machine is RUNNING ON ALL CYLINDERS." USA Today
“A NIGHT OF BIG FUN! An incredible cast with spectacular voices, razor-sharp choreography, great sets and fantastic costumes.” WGN TV/Radio
“THERE AIN’T NO MUSICAL MOUNTAIN HIGHER! Motown is a thrill ride into pop music heaven.”
“The soundtrack of your youth performed with STYLE, PANACHE AND ELEGANT CHOREOGRAPHY!” Chicago Tribune