Motown The Musical will be the latest Broadway show to pack its bags and hit the road for a U.S. tour. Auditions for the show recently took place in both New York and Chicago. The show will run April 22-July 13, 2014, in Chicago, with additional cities to be announced.
Although Motown wasn't nominated for "Best Musical" at the 2013 Tonys, the show has become one of the most popular of this past season. In June, the show even released an original cast album. The show, which opened in April, features songs of Motown greats like Diana Ross and The Supremes, The Temptations, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, and The Jackson Five. (We even compiled a list of some of the era's greatest songs here!)
Would you check out Motown The Musical if it stopped by a town near you?
In just three days, Motown the Musical will open on Broadway. Already tickets have been selling quick, and for the month of April, the musical is just outside of TicketNetwork.com's top 10 best-selling theater acts at number 11. (It beat out shows like Annie and Billy Elliot.) It's no secret why — Berry Gordy, Jr., who founded the record company in 1960, was a bit of a musical genius. He helped launch the careers of artists like The Temptations, The Supremes, and Jackson 5. When the show opens April 14, it'll feature a huge, huge soundtrack. So here are my top picks for the best 10 songs from the classic Motown era — AKA the most difficult list I've ever had to make in my life because there were so many songs that deserved to be there.