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Motown: The Musical will play at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center for a limited engagement of eight performances March 14-19. The nationally touring Broadway performers bring their interpretations of Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson and Marvin Gaye to the stage for the first time in Tulsa. With over 40 classic songs including “My Girl,” “What’s Going On,” “Dancing in the Street,” “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” this emotional and inspiring performance tells the story behind the hits as the Motown family broke barriers and shaped American culture forever through music. “Motown: The Musical is told through the eyes of Berry Gordy, Jr.,” says David Kaverman, who plays Smokey Robinson. “The story follows Berry and Smokey as they meet Diana Ross and beyond.

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The musical spans 50 years of Motown music, and tells a lot of the backstories that people might not know. It’s Berry’s legacy. It’s truth.” Motown has become a term to represent an era, a genre of music, a lifestyle and a city, but was first the name of a record company, founded by Gordy first as Tamla Records in 1958 and incorporated as Motown Record Corporation two years later, in Detroit, Mich. The name is a hybrid of the words “motor” and “town,” as an ode to its birthplace where the three biggest producers of automobiles were at the time. Motown Records’ influence on Detroit was so big, the town is even referred to as, Hitsville U.S.A. after a sign that read as such which Gordy hung above the front window of Motown Records’ headquarters. For many decades, Motown was the highest-earning African-American business in the United States.

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Where to Dine. What to Do. Where to Find It. When It's Happening. Preview 918 For over 30 years, Preview has been the best resource for dis...