Yesterday between shows, Rick, Adam, Ben and I drove over to the Motown Museum, which is only about five blocks from the Fisher Theater, where we are doing “Spamalot”. The Motown Museum is in the former house and studio of Berry Gordy, who founded Motown Records and who produced so many of the legendary Motown acts, such as the Supremes, Smokey Robinson, the Temptations, the Four Tops, Stevie Wonder and the Jackson Five.
The tour started upstairs in the “gallery” where such artifacts as Michael Jackson’s fedora and rhinestone glove were on display, as well as some costumes belonging to the Temptations, many photos of the Motown artists, and album covers, including one of Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech, which was released on Motown Records.
Then we were taken through Berry Gordy’s old apartment, which was part of the upstairs of the house. If you have seen the movie “Dreamgirls”, Curtis’s studio at the Cadillac dealership is based on Berry Gordy’s studio at his house in Detroit. After touring through the apartment, which still has Gordy’s old furniture in it, we went downstairs to the waiting area and recording studio, where all the famous Motown artists once recorded music.
Here’s Adam at the piano once played by Stevie Wonder, among many others.
Then Frank, our tour guide, made all the girls get up and sing “Stop, in the Name of Love” a la the Supremes, and then the boys had to get up and sing “My Girl”.
After visiting the studio, we then watched some footage from back in the day of some of the Motown artists. It was really fascinating and I would definitely recommend the tour to anyone visiting Detroit.
Three more days ‘til Fort Lauderdale!