Motown: The Musical to Release Cast Album Plus Greatest Hits Collection

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motownMotown fans rejoice. In conjunction with the opening of Broadway’s Motown: The Musical, Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) will release Motown Originals: The Classic Songs That Inspired The Broadway Show! digitally on Tuesday, March 5th and at retail on Tuesday, March 12th, featuring the original Motown recordings, by the original artists, that inspired the musical.

The special two-disc, expanded version of Motown Originals: The Classic Songs That Inspired The Broadway Show! features over 20 additional tracks including Motown’s very first national hit, “Money (That’s What I Want)” by Barrett Strong. This 1960 hit single was co-written by Gordy and helped fund the purchase of the iconic white framed house, “Hitsville U.S.A.,” that served as a twenty-four hour hit-making and artist development factory, fostering the artistic talent of the singers, writers, producers as well as corporate executives, and was headquarters for the next decade.

Following the Broadway opening of Motown: The Musical, UMe will also release the Original Cast Recording that will feature the show’s talented team of actors singing classic Motown songs and recreating the story of “Hitsville U.S.A.” No release date has been set for the musical’s cast album.

Motown: The Musical is the real story of the one-of-a-kind sound that hit the airwaves in 1959 and changed our culture forever. This exhilarating show charts Motown Founder Berry Gordy’s incredible journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, and so many more.  Featuring all the classics you love, Motown: The Musical tells the story behind the hits as Diana, Smokey, Berry and the whole Motown family fight against the odds to create the soundtrack of change in America that shattered barriers, shaped our lives and made us all move to the same beat.