It began as one man's story...became everyone's music...and is now London's hottest new show. MOTOWN THE MUSICAL follows the legendary career of Berry Gordy and the creation of his musical empire, Motown Records. The story begins in 1983, on the evening of the 25th anniversary celebration of Motown, and Berry Gordy is looking back on his career. Inspired by his childhood hero, black American boxer Joe Louis, the young Berry dreams big, hoping one day to make people as happy and proud. After a few years on Detroit's automobile assembly line he sets his sights on bringing a socially-charged, racially-divided country together with music. With an $800 loan from his family, Berry founds a music making factory. Motown is born!
(Source: Motown The Musical show website)