May 19, 2011 16:09

Motown founder Berry Gordy puts $100 million into musical about his life

Music of Aretha Franklin and Smokey Robinson to feature in production

Motown founder Berry Gordy puts $100 million into musical about his life

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Berry Gordy Jnr, founder of Motown Records, is said to be planning to invest $100 million (£62 million) into a musical based around his own life.

According to the New York Post a source has said Gordy wants to include music from Smokey Robinson and a slew of other Motown classics in the show, the rights of which he owns.

The source said: "Berry's been wanting to do this for a long time. He's got the money and investors lined up, he's trying to involve Diana Ross and Smokey Robinson. This is his chance to set the record straight."



Another source also indicated that the new production is the reason Gordy is blocking any chance of the much talked about Marvin Gaye biopic from happening. They said: "He [Gordy] basically owns the rights to the Marvin Gaye story and he's been quietly blocking the scripts and music because he doesn't want his name dragged through the mud."

A spokesman for Gordy denied that he had blocked any production of a Gaye biopic from taking place.

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