Berry Gordy News

Date of Birth: November 28, 1929 (85)
Birth Place: Detroit, MI, USA
Gender: Male
BWW REVIEW: MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL... SPECTACULAR AND SUPREMEBWW REVIEW: MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL... SPECTACULAR AND SUPREME
by Vickie Evans - Aug 27, 2015

Motown: The Musical - a snapshot of one of the most successful musical era driven by one man with big dreams: Berry Gordy (more...)

BOOGIE STOMP! to Open at Elektra Theatre Next MonthBOOGIE STOMP! to Open at Elektra Theatre Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Aug 26, 2015

IYF Productions is proud to bring Boogie Stomp! to Times Square this fall.  Written by John Campana and starring pianists extraordinaire, Bob Baldori and Arthur Migliazza, Boogie Stomp! will begin its limited run on September 25 and will open on Friday, October 16 and run through November 28, 2015 at Times Square's Elektra Theatre (300 W 43rd Street, 2nd Floor). Tickets are $39-$99 and can be purchased by visiting BoogieStomp.com or call 866- 811-4111. (more...)

BWW Interview: Jesse Nager Talks MOTOWN THE MUSICALBWW Interview: Jesse Nager Talks MOTOWN THE MUSICAL
by Linda Ann Watt - Aug 19, 2015

Besides the music, audiences will learn about behind the scenes of the Motown label. (more...)

The Jacksons & The Commodores Coming to NJPAC, 12/13The Jacksons & The Commodores Coming to NJPAC, 12/13
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2015

New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) presents an evening with two Motown legends, at NJPAC for the first time! The Jacksons (“Can You Feel It,” “Shake Your Body”) gave Michael Jackson his first taste of stardom. The Grammy-winning Commodores (“Easy,” “Brick House”) are the prolific soul and funk hitmakers of the '70s and '80s. Friday, Sunday, December 13, 2015 8:00 PM at Prudential Hall. Get your tickets now at NJPAC.org or 888.GO.NJPAC (888.466.5722). (more...)

The RRazz Room at the Prince Opens 9/18The RRazz Room at the Prince Opens 9/18
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2015

The RRazz Room at The Prince is an intimate venue programmed by the entrepreneurs who created the infamous and iconic RRazz Room in San Francisco. The RRazz Room brand has become synonymous with quality entertainment presented at its purest and most intimate form. The unique space allows patrons to experience all their favorite entertainers up close and personal. The RRazz Room venues (also located in Coral Springs, FL, South Miami-Dade, FL, and New Hope, PA) present performances by local and national artists from a wide variety of musical and theatrical genres including Broadway, pop, opera, gospel, drag, comedy, rhythm & blues, and jazz. The RRazz Room at the Prince is located within the historic Prince Theater, 1412 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19102 (near the corner of Broad and Chestnut Streets on the Avenue of the Arts). (more...)

Breaking News: Billy Porter, Brian Stokes Mitchell, and More Join Audra McDonald in Musical Revival SHUFFLE ALONGBreaking News: Billy Porter, Brian Stokes Mitchell, and More Join Audra McDonald in Musical Revival SHUFFLE ALONG
by BWW News Desk - Aug 9, 2015

Next spring, Audra McDonald, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Billy Porter, Brandon Victor Dixon, and Joshua Henry will star in SHUFFLE ALONG Or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed, a striking new production that presents both the 1921 musical itself, and additionally details the events that catalyzed the songwriting team of Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake, and librettists F.E. Miller and Aubrey Lyles to create this ground-breaking work. (more...)

The Temptations to Play The Orleans Showroom, 9/19-20The Temptations to Play The Orleans Showroom, 9/19-20
by BWW News Desk - Aug 5, 2015

 Historic Motown group The Temptations return to The Orleans Showroom on Sept. 19 and 20 with members Otis Williams, Bruce Williamson, Terry Weeks, Ron Tyson and Joe Herndon. (more...)

Tickets to MOTOWN THE MUSICAL at PPAC on Sale 8/6Tickets to MOTOWN THE MUSICAL at PPAC on Sale 8/6
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2015

Producers Kevin McCollum, Doug Morris and Berry Gordy, and the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC), are proud to announce that single tickets for MOTOWN THE MUSICAL will go on sale Thursday, August 6, 2015 at 10A. Tickets will be available at the PPAC Box Office (located at 220 Weybosset Street in downtown Providence), by phone at (401) 421-ARTS (2787), and online at www.ppacri.org (more...)

Taimak to Release THE LAST DRAGONTaimak to Release THE LAST DRAGON
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2015

Incorgnito Publishing Press (publisher of The Chronicles of Ara series) has just signed martial artist and cult film legend Taimak to present his autobiography, Taimak, The Last Dragon. The book, launching in March of 2016, is an intimate look at the life and career of Taimak as he faced the challenges of racism, child abuse, a broken home life and low self-worth. It is a story of triumph over circumstance and how, through martial arts and self-determination, one young man rose above the fray to become one of the shining lights of today; a man who has found 'the glow.' (more...)

BWW Interviews: MOTOWN THE MUSICAL's Jarvis B. Manning Jr.BWW Interviews: MOTOWN THE MUSICAL's Jarvis B. Manning Jr.
by Kyle West - Jul 21, 2015

Last week, I had the opportunity of speaking with Jarvis B. Manning Jr., a Texas native from the national tour of MOTOWN The Musical. In addition to speaking about returning to his hometown as a professional performer, Jarvis spoke about the unique experience of touring the country during the Michael Brown trials, and the emotion the cast has felt while performing in different cities. (more...)

The Jacksons & The Commodores to Play NJPAC, 9/4The Jacksons & The Commodores to Play NJPAC, 9/4
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2015

New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) presents an evening with two Motown legends, at NJPAC for the first time! The Jacksons (“Can You Feel It,” “Shake Your Body”) gave Michael Jackson his first taste of stardom. The Grammy-winning Commodores (“Easy,” “Brick House”) are the prolific soul and funk hitmakers of the '70s and '80s. Friday, September 4, 2015 8:00 PM at Prudential Hall. Get your tickets now at NJPAC.org or 888.GO.NJPAC (888.466.5722) (more...)

Brandon Victor Dixon, Taran Killam, Karen Olivo and More to Lead Musical Version of THE ODYSSEY at The PublicBrandon Victor Dixon, Taran Killam, Karen Olivo and More to Lead Musical Version of THE ODYSSEY at The Public
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2015

The Public Theater will kick off the 2015-16 season in September with a free Public Works musical adaptation of Homer's THE ODYSSEY, conceived and directed by Public Works Director Lear deBessonet, with music, lyrics and book by Todd Almond. THE ODYSSEY will once again feature over 200 actors and community members alongside five equity actors, including this year Brandon Victor Dixon as Odysseus, Karen Olivo as Penelope and Taran Killam as Cyclops. (more...)

BWW Reviews: MOTOWN the Musical at Memphis OrpheumBWW Reviews: MOTOWN the Musical at Memphis Orpheum
by Caroline Sposto - Jul 16, 2015

I grew up on vinyl records, 'hit parades' and transistor radios tuned to the AM dial. I love Motown Music. But I felt skeptical about a breezy staged extravaganza about Berry Gordy's mercurial career. Five minutes into the opening medley, this stunning production won me over. This is NOT your assembly line jukebox musical! (more...)

Bernie Mac & More Set for New Episodes of TV One's UNSUNG HOLLYWOOD, Beg. 7/22Bernie Mac & More Set for New Episodes of TV One's UNSUNG HOLLYWOOD, Beg. 7/22
by TV News Desk - Jul 15, 2015

TV One lifts the curtain of Black Hollywood and reveals the rarely or never-been-told stories behind some of Tinseltown's trailblazing and iconic talent, both on screen and behind the camera, with new episodes of Unsung Hollywood beginning Wednesday, July 22 at 8PM/ET. (more...)

Sutton Foster Leads Encores! Off-Center's THE WILD PARTY, Opening Tonight at the City CenterSutton Foster Leads Encores! Off-Center's THE WILD PARTY, Opening Tonight at the City Center
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2015

Directed by Leigh Silverman and choreographed by Sonya Tayeh, THE WILD PARTY will run tonight, July 15, through July 18 at New York City Center. (more...)

Tickets to MOTOWN at Aronoff Center on Sale TomorrowTickets to MOTOWN at Aronoff Center on Sale Tomorrow
by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 2015

Producers Kevin McCollum, Doug Morris and Berry Gordy, and Broadway in Cincinnati, are proud to announce that single tickets for MOTOWN THE MUSICAL will go on sale Friday, July 10 at 9am.  Tickets will be available at the Aronoff Center Box Office downtown at 650 Walnut Street, online at CincinnatiArts.org or by phone at 513.621.ARTS. (more...)

John Ellison Conlee Departs Encores! Off-Center's THE WILD PARTY; Ryan Andes Steps InJohn Ellison Conlee Departs Encores! Off-Center's THE WILD PARTY; Ryan Andes Steps In
by Jessica Showers - Jul 7, 2015

BroadwayWorld has learned John Ellison Conlee, Tony nominee for THE FULL MONTY, has had to depart Encores! Off-Center's upcoming production of Andrew Lippa's THE WILD PARTY due to a scheduling conflict. Ryan Andes, who last starred on TV in PETER PAN LIVE! and in Broadway's BIG FISH, steps in. (more...)

Photo Flash: MOTOWN Holds Open Auditions for West End RunPhoto Flash: MOTOWN Holds Open Auditions for West End Run
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2015

The West End production of Motown the Musical, opening at the Shaftesbury Theatre in February next year, held open casting auditions in London today (7 July 2015).  Almost 200 people attended and auditioned for the opportunity to portray the iconic artists of Motown in the musical. (more...)

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL To Hold Open AuditionsMOTOWN THE MUSICAL To Hold Open Auditions
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2015

The West End production of Motown the Musical, opening at the Shaftesbury Theatre in February 2016, will hold open casting auditions next month for the opportunity to portray the iconic artists of Motown in the musical. (more...)

BWW Reviews: High-Energy MOTOWN THE MUSICAL Entertains O.C. with Non-Stop HitsBWW Reviews: High-Energy MOTOWN THE MUSICAL Entertains O.C. with Non-Stop Hits
by Michael L. Quintos - Jun 22, 2015

For nearly three vigorous hours, MOTOWN - THE MUSICAL provides one helluva show. More like a CONCERT rather than your typical book musical, this dazzling, high-octane extravaganza of music and dance is a visual and aural feast that gamely crams in more than 60 hits from the groundbreaking record company's discography. The story---penned by Motown founder Berry Gordy himself---may be its lone weak spot, but there's no denying how fun it is to see and hear this impressive cast of quintuple-threats recreate these greatest hits live on stage. The rousingly entertaining, exuberantly-performed stage spectacular continues at Costa Mesa's Segerstrom Center for the Arts through June 28. (more...)

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