- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 21, 2014

DETROIT (AP) - The makers of “Motown the Musical” have held an open casting call in some hallowed ground for the legendary label.

Hundreds of people of all ages tried out for the ongoing Broadway show and national tour, opening this week at Detroit’s Fisher Theatre.

The auditions took place down the street Tuesday at the Motown Museum, many in the former Studio A. That’s where many Motown classics were recorded during the label’s 1960s and early ‘70s heyday.

The hit show about Berry Gordy tells the story of how his Motown Records empire rose and fell and then rose again. It uses dozens of songs, including “War,” ”What’s Going On?” ”My Girl” and “Dancing in the Street.”

Gordy dropped in on some auditions, which included Motown hits.

Detroit’s opening night is Wednesday.

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