Incoming Broadway tuner “Motown: The Musical” has booked the Lunt-Fontanne Theater for its spring opening, tapping thesps Brandon Victor Dixon and Valisia LeKae to star as Berry Gordy and Diana Ross.
Dixon’s credits include the Broadway staging of “The Color Purple” and the Off Broadway preem of “The Scottsboro Boys.” He also was previously attached to play another music-world giant, Ray Charles, in a Charles bio-tuner that was announced but never got off the ground. LeKae, meanwhile, has appeared on the Rialto in titles including “The Book of Mormon” and “Ragtime,” among others.
Storyline of “Motown” follows the life and career of Gordy as he founds the Motown record label and develops its signature musical acts. Score is drawn from the catalog of Motown names including Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and Smokey Robinson.
Helmed by Charles Randolph-Wright, “Motown” lands at the Lunt-Fontanne in the wake of the holiday run of “A Christmas Story,” which moves into the venue later this fall. The theater’s most recent occupant, the musical version of “Ghost,” shuttered there Aug. 18.
Produced by Kevin McCollum (“Rent,” “In the Heights”), Sony Music Entertainment topper Doug Morris and Gordy, “Motown” begins Broadway previews March 11 ahead of an April 14 opening.