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Motown Founder Wants to Make Broadway Musical About His Life

Sources say Berry Gordy wants to define his legacy with show

May 20, 2011 11:35 AM ET
 Motown Founder Wants to Make Broadway Musical About His Life
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The New York Post's sources say that Motown Records founder Berry Gordy is seeking to preserve his legacy by developing a Broadway musical based on his life. The show, which Gordy is said to be working on in collaboration with former Universal Music CEO Doug Morris and Rent producer Kevin McCollum, would be set during the civil rights movement of the 1960s and attempt to define the story of Motown's early days.

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According to the Post, the musical would be a showcase for Motown's deep catalog of iconic hits and would likely involve direct participation from label mainstays Diana Ross and Smokey Robinson. Gordy owns the rights to a majority of the Motown catalog, though all licensing of the music is controlled by EMI.

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