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STAGE TUBE: Brandon Victor Dixon Talks Legacy of MOTOWN on LIVE FROM THE COUCHSTAGE TUBE: Brandon Victor Dixon Talks Legacy of MOTOWN on LIVE FROM THE COUCH
by Stage Tube - April 16, 2014

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL star Brandon Victor Dixon appeared this week on WLNY-TV's 'Live From The Couch' to speak with host John Elliott about working with Berry Gordy on the smash hit musical from the very beginning, the historical significance of Motown's legacy, and bringing that story to Broadway. Check out the interview below! (more...)
MOTOWN to Celebrate First Year on Broadway with Free Lottery this Sunday, 4/13MOTOWN to Celebrate First Year on Broadway with Free Lottery this Sunday, 4/13
by BWW News Desk - April 10, 2014

On Sunday, April 13, Motown the Musical invites fans to celebrate its first anniversary on Broadway with a one-time-only, free ticket lottery for the 3:00PM performance. (more...)
Photo Coverage: Middle Schoolers Visit MOTOWN through TDF's Stage Doors ProgramPhoto Coverage: Middle Schoolers Visit MOTOWN through TDF's Stage Doors Program
by Jennifer Broski - April 3, 2014

It is Theatre Development Fund's belief that future audiences are built by engaging students, first-hand, in the vital and exciting activity of the creative process, as well as providing opportunities to see live performances of great theatre. To that end, 1,500 New York City public high school and middle school students from 20 schools (and one school from East Orange, NJ), who are participating in TDF's Stage Doors Program, attended a special matinee performance of Broadway's smash hit, MOTOWN THE MUSICAL today, April 3 at 1pm at the Lunt Fontanne Theatre (205 West 46th Street, NYC). BroadwayWorld brings you photos from the special event below! (more...)
MOTOWN Cast Members Set for 6th Annual Visible Ink Event TonightMOTOWN Cast Members Set for 6th Annual Visible Ink Event Tonight
by BWW News Desk - March 31, 2014

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL cast members Rebecca Covington, Marva Hicks, Crystal Joy, Mykal Kilgore, Julius Thomas III, and Donald Webber, Jr. will appear at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center this evening when the Visible Ink writing program holds its sixth annual staged reading of unforgettable, inspiring, and hilarious works by patients. (more...)
VIDEO: MOTOWN Celebrates Year on Broadway with New Montage!VIDEO: MOTOWN Celebrates Year on Broadway with New Montage!
by Stage Tube - March 28, 2014

'Happy birthday to you,' MOTOWN THE MUSICAL! The smash hit, which celebrates its first Broadway anniversary on April 14, has released a new montage of show clips set to legendary Motown classics from the musical, including 'I Want You Back,' 'Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours,' 'Get Ready,' 'Dancing In The Street,' and 'Do You Love Me.' Check it out below! (more...)
MOTOWN & TDF to Welcome 1,500 NYC Students for Special Matinee, 4/3MOTOWN & TDF to Welcome 1,500 NYC Students for Special Matinee, 4/3
by BWW News Desk - March 26, 2014

It is Theatre Development Fund's belief that future audiences are built by engaging students, first-hand, in the vital and exciting activity of the creative process, as well as providing opportunities to see live performances of great theatre. To that end, 1,500 New York City public high school and middle school students from 20 schools (and one school from East Orange, NJ), who are participating in TDF's Stage Doors Program, will be attending a special matinee performance of Broadway's smash hit, MOTOWN THE MUSICAL on Thursday, April 3 at 1pm at the Lunt Fontanne Theatre (205 West 46th Street, NYC). (more...)
Nicholas Christopher, Jarran Muse, Reed L. Shannon & More Join MOTOWN National Tour; Full Cast AnnouncedNicholas Christopher, Jarran Muse, Reed L. Shannon & More Join MOTOWN National Tour; Full Cast Announced
by BWW News Desk - March 17, 2014

As previously announced, Clifton Oliver and Allison Semmes will star in the leading roles of Berry Gordy and Diana Ross. Portraying groundbreaking Motown artists, Nicholas Christopher will play Smokey Robinson and Jarran Muse will play Marvin Gaye. Leon Outlaw, Jr. and Reed L. Shannon will portray Berry Gordy's boyhood counterpart and the roles of young stars Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder. (more...)
Official Statement on MOTOWN Opening in London: 'Too Early to Confirm'Official Statement on MOTOWN Opening in London: 'Too Early to Confirm'
by BWW News Desk - March 12, 2014

As BroadwayWorld reported yesterday, the smash hit Queen & Ben Elton musical We Will Rock You is due finally to close on 31 May 2014, and rumors are circulating that the Tony Award-nominated Motown will open at the theatre in early 2015 to fill the void. (more...)
Allison Semmes & Clifton Oliver to Star in National Tour of MOTOWN THE MUSICALAllison Semmes & Clifton Oliver to Star in National Tour of MOTOWN THE MUSICAL
by BWW News Desk - March 10, 2014

Producers Kevin McCollum, Doug Morris and Berry Gordy have announced that Clifton Oliver and Allison Semmes have been cast in the leading roles of Berry Gordy and Diana Ross in MOTOWN THE MUSICAL. The First National Tour begins performances April 22, 2014 at the Oriental Theatre in Chicago before continuing to cities across the country. (more...)
Broadway's MOTOWN Continues On After Man Lands on Roof of Lunt-FontanneBroadway's MOTOWN Continues On After Man Lands on Roof of Lunt-Fontanne
by BWW News Desk - March 2, 2014

According to The New York Post, Broadway's MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL went uninterrupted after an apparent suicide, when a man leapt from the W New York Hotel on Friday night, landing 50 stories below on the roof of the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. (more...)
MOTOWN's Berry Gordy to Receive 2014 'BET Honors' Visionary Award, 2/24MOTOWN's Berry Gordy to Receive 2014 'BET Honors' Visionary Award, 2/24
by BWW News Desk - February 21, 2014

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL creator and legendary Motown record label founder Berry Gordy will receive the Visionary Award during the 2014 'BET Honors' ceremony broadcast nationwide on Monday, February 24th. (more...)
MOTOWN's Brandon Victor Dixon Performs on IMUS IN THE MORNINGMOTOWN's Brandon Victor Dixon Performs on IMUS IN THE MORNING
by BWW News Desk - February 19, 2014

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL star Brandon Victor Dixon performed live on national television yesterday morning on Fox Business News Network's "Imus in the Morning," hosted by legendary radio personality and Motown fan Don Imus himself. (more...)
MOTOWN THE MUSICAL to Hold Open Auditions in Chicago TomorrowMOTOWN THE MUSICAL to Hold Open Auditions in Chicago Tomorrow
by BWW News Desk - February 19, 2014

Broadway In Chicago and Producers Kevin McCollum, Doug Morris and Berry Gordy have announced an additional open call casting search for African American singers for the upcoming national tour of MOTOWN THE MUSICAL, with a rare opportunity to audition for this hit Broadway musical at Ballet Chicago (17 N State Street) on Thursday, February 20 at 12 p.m. The first national tour will launch in Chicago April 22 - July 13, 2014 at the Oriental Theatre. (more...)
Listen: MOTOWN's Berry Gordy Appears on WCBS-FM to Celebrate The BeatlesListen: MOTOWN's Berry Gordy Appears on WCBS-FM to Celebrate The Beatles
by BWW News Desk - February 10, 2014

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL creator and legendary Motown record label founder Berry Gordy appeared live on 101.1 WCBS-FM to celebrate the station's 50th anniversary celebration of The Beatles's iconic Ed Sullivan Show performance. (more...)
MOTOWN THE MUSICAL Star Valisia LeKae Named National Spokesperson for Ovarian Cancer CoalitionMOTOWN THE MUSICAL Star Valisia LeKae Named National Spokesperson for Ovarian Cancer Coalition
by BWW News Desk - February 7, 2014

One of Broadway's brightest lights has joined forces with the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition as National Spokesperson, to play one of the most important roles of her life, and plans to win! (more...)
VIDEO: Cast of MOTOWN THE MUSICAL & Berry Gordy Make Broadway Dream Come True on 'Today'VIDEO: Cast of MOTOWN THE MUSICAL & Berry Gordy Make Broadway Dream Come True on 'Today'
by TV News Desk - February 6, 2014

Motown founder Berry Gordy himself made a surprise appearance and invited them to be his personal guests at the show tonight! (more...)
Photo Coverage: MOTOWN Cast Launches THE TRUTH IS A HIT at Schomburg CenterPhoto Coverage: MOTOWN Cast Launches THE TRUTH IS A HIT at Schomburg Center
by Kevin Thomas Garcia - February 5, 2014

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture just launched its first exhibition of 2014, MOTOWN: THE TRUTH IS A HIT. Featuring items that highlight Motown's inimitable founder Berry Gordy and the institution's most beloved musical acts, the multi-media showcase chronicles one of the most significant record labels in American music history. Earlier this week, the company of the show gathered to launch the exhibition with a special performance. BroadwayWorld was there for the festivities and you can check out photos below! (more...)
VIDEO: Viral Video Helps Mom Realize Broadway DreamsVIDEO: Viral Video Helps Mom Realize Broadway Dreams
by TV News Desk - February 3, 2014

As part of NBC's TODAY show's 'Wishing Well' series, a single mom will travel to New York City to see Broadway's MOTOWN THE MUSICAL. (more...)
MOTOWN THE MUSICAL to Sponsor CBS NEWS' 50 YEARS: THE BEATLES, 2/9MOTOWN THE MUSICAL to Sponsor CBS NEWS' 50 YEARS: THE BEATLES, 2/9
by BWW News Desk - January 27, 2014

Fifty years after Motown revolutionized the music industry with its 'Sound of Young America' and countless 1964 Billboard hits by Mary Wells, The Supremes and others, the smash Broadway hit MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is proud to sponsor CBS News Live Experiences launch of 50 YEARS: THE BEATLES, a live, interactive multimedia event marking the 50th anniversary of the band's first American television appearance on CBS's 'The Ed Sullivan Show.' (more...)
MOTOWN THE MUSICAL's Berry Gordy to Receive Visionary Award at 2014 BET Honors, Airing 2/24MOTOWN THE MUSICAL's Berry Gordy to Receive Visionary Award at 2014 BET Honors, Airing 2/24
by BWW News Desk - January 16, 2014

Dedicated to celebrating black excellence, this year's "BET Honors" recognizes the achievements of five spectacular African Americans; Aretha Franklin, Berry Gordy, Ken Chenault, Carrie Mae Weems and Ice Cube. (more...)
Schomburg Center to Host MOTOWN-Inspired Exhibit, 2/1-7/26Schomburg Center to Host MOTOWN-Inspired Exhibit, 2/1-7/26
by BWW News Desk - January 13, 2014

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is pleased to announce its first exhibition of 2014, Motown: The Truth is a Hit. Featuring items that highlight Motown's inimitable founder Berry Gordy and the institution's most beloved musical acts, the multi-media showcase chronicles one of the most significant record labels in American music history. (more...)
STAGE TUBE: MOTOWN Cast Dedicates Original Song to Valisia LeKaeSTAGE TUBE: MOTOWN Cast Dedicates Original Song to Valisia LeKae
by Stage Tube - January 13, 2014

As BoadwayWorld previously reported, Tony nominee Valisia LeKae recently announced that she would depart the cast of Broadway's MOTOWN because of an ovarian cancer diagnosis. To express their support of their castmate, the company united to perform a song written especially for her. 'I Am Here' was written by Julius Thomas III and arranged by Jason Michael Webb. Below, check out the song as performed by the cast of MOTOWN! (more...)
Krystal Joy Brown to Join Cast of MOTOWN as  'Diana Ross' on 1/23Krystal Joy Brown to Join Cast of MOTOWN as 'Diana Ross' on 1/23
by BWW News Desk - January 13, 2014

The producers of MOTOWN THE MUSICAL just announced that Krystal Joy Brown (Big Fish, Leap of Faith) will assume the role of “Diana Ross” beginning Thursday, January 23 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. (more...)
MOTOWN's Brandon Victor Dixon Set for ONE ON ONE WITH STEVE ADUBATO, 1/13MOTOWN's Brandon Victor Dixon Set for ONE ON ONE WITH STEVE ADUBATO, 1/13
by BWW News Desk - January 9, 2014

Tune in to watch Brandon Victor Dixon, Tony Award-nominated Broadway star of MOTOWN THE MUSICAL, sit down with Steve Adubato, host of PBS' nationally syndicated program "One-On-One with Steve Adubato" and discuss performing in the smash hit musical on Broadway. (more...)
13 in 30: Video Highlights from 2013- MOTOWN13 in 30: Video Highlights from 2013- MOTOWN
by BroadwayWorld TV - December 28, 2013

2014 is upon us, which means that it's time to look back on all of the highs and lows that this past theatre season has brought. BroadwayWorld is wrapping up the year by tributing our favorite moments of 2013, and in this series, we're highlighting 13 of our favorite musical moments on stage in just 30 seconds. Below, check out a 30 second clip from one of our favorite musicals of the year- Motown. (more...)

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