DETROIT -- For Berry Gordy, conquering Broadway is the next -- and by his own admission, last -- major milestone of a magical, musical career.
The 83-year-old Motown Records founder is taking his story and that of his legendary label to the Great White Way.
"Motown: The Musical," which has begun previews at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, where it opens April 14, allows Gordy to relive the ups and downs of a career that launched him into the entertainment stratosphere.
"Most likely it will be my last major endeavor in a creative way," he said in a telephone interview. "Of course everyone disagrees with me when I say that statement. This is probably the epitome of everything I’ve done -- that I’ve wanted to do."
For those under the impression that Gordy simply signed off on the musical, think again.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer not only sealed up a Broadway slot and agreed to co-produce the show, he also delivered its book and three original songs.
"I did the Broadway musical mainly for, I think, the people around the world that believed in me when they had no real reason to other than the music that they heard and loved," he said.