*The song “Come See About Me” by The Supremes was released 50 years ago almost to the day in October 1964. Ever since Motown made its exodus from Detroit to Los Angeles in 1972, Detroiters have been wondering ‘Where is Motown…will it ever come back?’
Well Detroit is getting its wish. With all its glitz, glamour and pizazz, Berry Gordy’s ‘Motown: The Musical’ will be playing at the fabulous Fisher Theatre in the heart of Detroit beginning October 21 through November 16.
Quoted in the Detroit Free Press, Motown founder Gordy says of opening week, ‘It’s going to be really exciting, dramatic and full of love. Being home is always great, but this is even greater because I’m bringing back something that I know they’re going to love and enjoy.’
Like a ‘Long Gone Lover’ (the B-side of ‘Come See About Me’), remaining Motown veterans are expected to come out in full force similar to the reunion that took place at the premier in New York two years ago. Only this reunion will bring it all back to where it all began. Diana Ross who first performed at the prestigious Fisher in 1968 as lead singer of The Supremes; Smokey Robinson, Martha Reeves, Stevie Wonder and many other Motowners will be in the audience reliving those magic moments that defined a generation during that critical time in American history – the civil rights movement.
Yes Detroit may have its problems, but now for one shining moment Detroiters, old and young, will get a glimpse of the splendor that was created in that little place called Hitsville USA – which is now the Motown Museum – on West Grand Boulevard.
As a tribute – for this may very well be the occasion for which it was created – there’s a song I wrote called ‘(Going) Back To Motown’ recorded by another former lead singer of The Supremes, Scherrie Payne which is on YouTube at:
Have a ball Detroit!!