Cheers to Motown: Gordy and Smokey walk the red carpet in Chicago

2014-05-14T01:00:00Z Cheers to Motown: Gordy and Smokey walk the red carpet in ChicagoEloise Marie Valadez Eloise.Valadez@nwi.com, (219) 933-3365 nwitimes.com

"Motown the Musical" officially launched its first national tour last week at The Oriental Theatre in Chicago.

To celebrate the occasion, the production's key creative figures, including founder Berry Gordy and various celebrities attended the event. They walked the red carpet, mingled with other famed theater guests and even took a seat to enjoy the show.

"Motown the Musical," which tells the story of the beginnings of Gordy's musical empire, the artists that called Hitsville home and the relationship between Gordy and singing legend Diana Ross, runs through Aug. 9 in the Windy City.

After the show, Gordy, Robinson, producer Kevin McCollum, director Charles Randolph Wright and others joined the cast on stage for the curtain call while Gordy thanked everyone for being there and the wonderful Chicago cast. He also toasted Smokey Robinson, "my best friend in the world" and thanked him for all his support, love and friendship through the years. For more information on "Motown the Musical," call (800) 775-2000 or visit BroadwayInChicago.com.

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