Motown: The Musical Is Broadway Hit

The show earns $1 million in first week of previews.

Posted: 03/22/2013 09:00 AM EDT

Fifty years after its heyday, Motown is still churning out the hits. 

Motown: The Musical, a Broadway extravaganza chronicling the rise of Motown founder Berry Gordy and his relationship with Diana Ross, is a certified smash hit. The musical earned $1 million from seven shows in its first week of previews. 

The production stars Tony nominee Brandon Victor Dixon (The Color Purple) and Valisia Lekae (The Book of Mormon) as Gordy and Ross. Raymond Luke Jr., Jibreel Mawry, Bryan Terrell Clark and Charl Brown round out the cast.

The musical faces stiff competition on Broadway from such long-running hits as Wicked, The Book of Mormon and The Lion King, but audiences have spoken loudly and it's clear they're ready to go back to Detroit.

Motown: The Musical officially opens on April 14.

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