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Berry Gordy News

Date of Birth: November 28, 1929 (85)
Birth Place: Detroit, MI, USA
Gender: Male
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...)

Regional Roundup: Top 10 Stories This Week Around the Broadway World - 6/19; MY FAIR LADY at the Muny, ON YOUR FEET! and More!Regional Roundup: Top 10 Stories This Week Around the Broadway World - 6/19; MY FAIR LADY at the Muny, ON YOUR FEET! and More!
by BWW Special Coverage - Jun 19, 2015

This week, we go around our Broadway World to feature stories in Maine, Chicago, Italy, and more. Check out our top 10 stories around our Broadway World below, which include FAME at Maine State Music Theatre, a 'risky' FUNNY GIRL in Italy, and full coverage of Gloria Estafan's Broadway-bound ON YOUR FEET!, just to name a few. (more...)

Music Executive Edna Anderson-Owens Passes Away at 76Music Executive Edna Anderson-Owens Passes Away at 76
by BWW News Desk - Jun 17, 2015

BroadwayWorld has just learned that music executive Edna Anderson-Owens, portrayed by Saycon Sengbloh in the Broadway musical MOTOWN, has passed away. She was 76 years old.  (more...)

BWW Interview:  Playwright Rory Sheriff, 'Be A Lion'BWW Interview: Playwright Rory Sheriff, 'Be A Lion'
by Vickie Evans - Jun 17, 2015

Playwright Rory Sheriff penned the stage play, 'Be A Lion', a delightful spinoff to the Broadway musical and film, 'The Wiz', an adaptation of the television classic, 'The Wizard of Oz'. (more...)

CSO to Welcome The Commodores, 7/12CSO to Welcome The Commodores, 7/12
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2015

For three decades, the Grammy-winning, funk/soul super group The Commodores, comprised of Walter 'Clyde' Orange, William 'WAK' King, and James Dean 'J.D.' Nicholas, have remained a force in the music industry with hits including 'Brick House,' 'Night Shift,' 'Three Times A Lady,' 'Easy,' and 'Lady (You Bring Me Up).' (more...)

MOTOWN National Tour Coming to The Orpheum, 7/14-19MOTOWN National Tour Coming to The Orpheum, 7/14-19
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2015

Producers Kevin McCollum, Doug Morris and Berry Gordy, and The Orpheum Theatre, are proud to announce that performances for MOTOWN THE MUSICAL begin July 14, 2015.  Tickets are on sale and available for purchase online at the official Orpheum Theatre website, www.orpheum-memphis.com, The Orpheum Box Office (901.525.3000), the ticket counter at The Booksellers at Laurelwood, and all Ticketmaster centers (901.743.ARTS).  MOTOWN THE MUSICAL will play at The Orpheum Theatre, July 14 - 19, 2015.  Group orders of 15 or more may be placed by calling 901.529.4226.      (more...)

BWW REVIEW: Dream Cast Ignites DREAMGIRLS at NSMTBWW REVIEW: Dream Cast Ignites DREAMGIRLS at NSMT
by Jan Nargi - Jun 14, 2015

Director Nick Kenkel has made lightning strike a second time at North Shore Music Theatre with his dazzling and definitive production of DREAMGIRLS. Blessed with a dream design team and a tremendously talented cast of triple threats, Kenkel has dug beneath the glitz and the glamour of the American music industry to explore the hopes, joys, disappointments and sorrows that accompany stars on the way up and back down. (more...)

BNY Mellon Presents Smokey Robinson with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in SUMMER WITH THE SYMPHONY, 7/9BNY Mellon Presents Smokey Robinson with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in SUMMER WITH THE SYMPHONY, 7/9
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2015

BNY Mellon presents Smokey Robinson with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in the first installment of the symphony's Summer with the Symphony: Thursday Night Icons series on July 9 at 7:30 p.m. at Heinz Hall. (more...)

VIDEO: Cast of MOTOWN THE MUSICAL Treats Fellow Passengers to Impromptu Performance!VIDEO: Cast of MOTOWN THE MUSICAL Treats Fellow Passengers to Impromptu Performance!
by Caryn Robbins - Jun 12, 2015

The talented cast of MOTOWN THE MUSICAL treated unsuspecting passengers to an impromptu performance on a Virgin Air flight to Detroit. (more...)

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