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Stars Turn Out For Premiere of “Motown: The Musical”

Motown’s memory lane wound its way up the red carpet and into Broadway history last Sunday night. An A-list crowd that included Diana Ross, Bono, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and Sting gathered for the opening of “Motown: The Musical.”

“This is exciting, huh?” Ross said as she greeted friends on her way into the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. By intermission, she was dabbing away tears and exchanging hugs with Motown founder and former flame Berry Gordy Jr. after watching their young lives together unfold onstage.

Sunday’s celebrity audience watched a feel-good show that’s brisk and vivacious, with dozens of whirling, twirling musical numbers to punctuate the tale of Motown Records at the hands of Gordy.

Gordy, who wrote and produced the musical, was a focal point out on the red carpet outside the Lunt-Fontanne, festooned in Motown gold. But on a night that drew figures from Jane Fonda to Kathie Lee Gifford, it was Ross who by far drew the biggest screams from the hundreds of fans gathered across 46th Street.

“Magnifico,” Spike Lee said at intermission. Other stars who turned out included Star Jones, Tracee Ellis Ross, Gladys Knight and The Color Purple’s LaChanze.

“So much fun,” said Sting. “You can’t fail with that music.”

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