“Motown,” which producers said paid back at the end of 2014, was one of an unusually high number of strong-selling musicals to launch in spring 2013; the show posted weekly sales of more than $1 million for the majority of its time on the boards. (Another title that opened around the same time, “Matilda,” also recently recouped its capitalization.) Over the hiatus, producers intend to lower the show’s running costs in time for its return to Broadway next year, in an effort to maximize profitability.
In the meantime, the “Motown” brand will gain steam with a London production opening this summer and an ongoing U.S. national tour.
Produced by Kevin McCollum, Doug Morris and Berry Gordy, “Motown” ends its current Broadway run Jan. 18. Details for its return next year, including exact dates and theater, remain to be set.