Motown Records-founder Berry Gordy Jr. is investing $100 million into a musical based around his own life.
The musical, tentatively titled “Gordy”, will include music from the extensive Motown catalogue, the rights of which Berry Gordy owns. Original Motown artists such as Smokey Robinson and Diana Ross, with whom Gordy has a daughter, are said to be involved in the production.
In 2006, the character of Curtis Taylor, Jr., a music executive in the musical film “Dreamgirls”, was seen as a thinly veiled portrayal of Gordy, who called the portrayal “100% wrong”. In 2007, DreamWorks and Paramount Pictures, the producers of the film, issued a public apology to Gordy, which Gordy accepted.
Berry Gordy was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999.