Although I was a child during the height of the most popular acts of Motown, I have always been a dedicated fan. How could a young Black girl growing up in North Carolina not gleam with pride as she viewed three beautiful black women in shiny long gowns singing on The Ed Sullivan Show? Every little girl in my elementary class wanted to be Diana Ross, the lead singer of the Supremes.
I am extremely excited that the Motown Story will finally come to Broadway. As an entrepreneur, I have often spoken about how Mr. Gordy was one of my mentors, although I have never met him. However, his autobiography, To Be Loved: The Music, the Magic, the Memories of Motown, should be listed among the great business books to read. The story is inspiring and empowering.
Mr. Gordy’s story of building a musical empire is a prime example of entrepreneurial vision, strategic planning and perseverance. He embraced his life experiences and family entrepreneurial history to establish a foundation for a legacy business. This is a man who dared to enter an industry that had traditionally been closed to African Americans. However, with $800.00 borrowed from his family, he moved into an older Detroit house on West Grand Boulevard and the rest is history.
I think we often forget about the business behind the movie and plays we see. Broadway is a business. The more tickets sold sends a message that quality African American stories are profitable and more are needed. Please support the directors, actors and musicians in this production. Help send a message that this part of the American story is valued.
Let’s make Motown history again! Plan a trip to New York City to see this historical play and help brand it among Broadway’s long running productions.
Motown the Musical
205 West 46th St. (bet. 8th Ave. & Broadway), New York, NY 10036
Previews from: March 11, 2013
Opening night: April 14, 2013