Motownâ€™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 â€œMotown: The Musical.”
â€œThis is exciting, huh?â€ 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.
Sundayâ€™s celebrity audience watched a feel-good show thatâ€™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.
â€œMagnifico,â€ Spike Lee said at intermission. Other stars who turned out included Star Jones, Tracee Ellis Ross, Gladys Knight and The Color Purple’s LaChanze.
â€œSo much fun,â€ said Sting. â€œYou canâ€™t fail with that music.â€
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