By Thom Geier
Updated February 01, 2013 at 05:27 PM EST

In an exclusive video clip to promote the Broadway-bound Motown: The Musical, actor Brandon Victor Dixon (The Color Purple) sits face to face with the big man himself: Berry Gordy, the founder of the legendary R&B record label that made stars of artists like Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, the Temptations, Michael Jackson, and the Jackson Five. And Gordy is not above ribbing his much younger on-stage alter ego. “The first thing I thought about was, ‘I look so much better than this guy. Why would you take this guy to play me?'” Gordy tells Dixon in the clip, deadpan. “And then of course, I looked in the mirror.” (Somewhere, there’s a session drummer supplying a rimshot.)

Motown: The Musical, which features a script by Gordy himself and a score culled from the Detroit-based label’s extensive catalog of hits, begins previews March 11 before an official opening on April 14.

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