Motown the Musical has been highly appraised by critics, being a four time Tony Award Nominee, tells the story of the life of music mogul, Berry Gordy and his part in the spreading of Motown taking place in 1959. The plot of the musical draws upon the the autobiography of Berry Gordy. The Musical is a look at the back-story of many of the greatest Motown artists' careers and celebrates how Motown changed American culture forever-the music breaking barriers that segregation had created. Gordy was an extremely prominent actor in the movement having started the careers of some of the greatest Motown stars including, Smokey Robinson, Micheal Jackson, Diana Ross and the Supremes,Stevie Wonder, and Marvin Gaye, amongst many more. The show tunes are classic Motown hits, featuring songs by many of the artists he produced. The Musical was premiered on Broadway in 2011.