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Broadway producer Paul Lambert and original “Four Tops” member Abdul “Duke” Fakir are working on a musical about the legendary Motown group, Page Six is told.
They’re hoping the show, named after their legendary hit “I’ll Be There!,” will be onstage early in 2022, making it one of the first new productions to appear on the Great White Way after theaters reopen.
“They just did casting calls in LA and are now doing rehearsals,” said an insider.
They planning to start with a short run in Detroit, making it the first Motown-themed musicals ever to debut in Motor City.
We’re told they then plan to take it to the West End in the UK where, according to a source, the band has a huge following.
The Four Tops “sold out everywhere when they toured there and have a huge European fan base to this day.”
Duke and Lambert have also been working on a new single, an “environmental anthem” named “Freedom” due out on May 5, and they’re performing a Memorial Day concert on PBS.
The band, originally made up of Levi Stubbs, Renaldo “Obie” Benson and Lawrence Payton and Fakir, had number-one hits with “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar pie honey bunch),” “Reach Out I’ll Be There,” and many other successes including “Ain’t No Woman” and “It’s the Same Old Song,” among many others.
The show would follow “Ain’t Too Proud,” the hit 2018 musical based on the songs of labelmates The Temptations.
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