81-year-old Berry Gordy, Jr. spent his career creating The Motown Sound, and now a Broadway musical will tell his life’s story on the stage.
Gordy announced on Tuesday that he’ll join forces with co-producers Doug Morris (President of Sony Entertainment) and Kevin McCollum (Rent and Avenue Q) to create the musical, which is set to debut in Nederlander Theaters in Spring of 2013. Based on a book by Gordy himself, the musical will focus on important moments in Gordy’s life, exploring the many ways the label founder impacted the careers of artists like Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye.
The label first got its start back in Detroit, Mich. in 1959, when Gordy borrowed $800 from his relatives to start Tamla Records, a small venture that eventually became Motown Records. Motown:The Musical will include new songs and hits from the label’s catalog.
“It’s the truth about Motown, how it happened, why it happened, and who the people were and the ups and downs of the whole thing. I’m very delighted just to be involved,” Gordy told Rolling Stone.