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Berry Gordy Jr. back in town with ‘Motown The Musical’

We had a chance to kick it around a little bit with the very kind and gracious Berry Gordy Jr. Wednesday night. “The Chairman” was in town for the triumphant return of “Motown The Musical” to the Fisher Theatre. The evening was open to the public, but there was also a VIP leg, offering, for $500 or $1,000, a private reception, prime theater seating for the show and an after party with the cast. When given the opportunity to chat, we asked Gordy, with the powerful renaissance in Detroit right now, would he ever consider coming back to do business?

“First of all, I’m very proud of what’s happening in Detroit — the city and its residents deserve it,” he said. “To address your question, I don’t want to go anywhere to do business. I’ve been telling everybody for the last 10 years that I’m done with business. But then the creative juices start flowing, I look up, and I’m working all over again.”

And while there may not be immediate plans laid for the return of Motown Records to Detroit, the initiative for the Motown Museum expansion is very well under way. We hear that groundbreaking will be in 2018 with completion anticipated for late 2019, in time for the 60th anniversary of Motown. There’s an over-the-top benefit gala scheduled June 15.

As far as Gordy’s admitted addiction to working, he did something just last week — much to everyone’s surprise — creating a new element for the ending of “Motown The Musical” starting with the Detroit show. The musical runs at the Fisher Theatre through April 30.

Kathy Wakile coming to Dawood Boutique

The ladies at Dawood Boutique of Grosse Pointe are very excited about closing a deal to bring reality TV star Kathy Wakile to their posh fashion shop. Wakile will come to Dawood for a book signing of her best-selling dessert publication, “Indulge.” She will also present a trunk show collection of her jewelry made of sterling silver and semi-precious stones. Wakile will appear at Dawood Boutique from 6-9 p.m. May 18.

American Coney Island to celebrate the big 1-0-0

Detroit’s most iconic sandwich shop American Coney Island will celebrate its 100th anniversary May 18. After dropping 955 coneys from the sky for the 95th anniversary, we’re quite curious to know what owner Grace Keros has up for the centennial. “We’re going to party for several days, but it’s really going to be about giving back to the community,” Keros said. “I know we’ll be taking lunch to Capuchin and other community kitchens and making contributions all around town. We’ll have fun parties and events over several days and we hope everyone will come by and wish us happy birthday.”

Chuck Bennett hosts, “Chuck’s Closet,” which broadcasts every Saturday from 4-5 p.m. on Super Station 910AM. He also is the Fox 2 News Style Ambassador.

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