Berry Gordy's Motown label was brazen enough to use the slogan "The Sound of Young America" to promote its brand, but when you had the seismic cultural impact Motown did, that's not an overconfident pitch, really. The Motown sonic V-8 -- all pumping instrumental momentum, unerring songwriting concision and of course that genius rhythm section -- dominated American radio throughout the 1960s. Why not try to rule the stage, too? Motown the Musical is that attempt. The production's plot bounces to the true story of the record-label founder's life: Gordy, the former featherweight boxer and Korean War veteran, is the man who launched the megastar careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and a passel more.
Tuesdays-Thursdays, Sundays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 2 & 8 p.m.; Sundays, 1 & 6:30 p.m.; Fri., Nov. 28, 8 p.m. Starts: Nov. 18. Continues through Nov. 30, 2014