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La Jolla Playhouse's 2015 'DNA New Work Series' Kicks Off Next MonthLa Jolla Playhouse's 2015 'DNA New Work Series' Kicks Off Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Jan 21, 2015

La Jolla Playhouse is pleased to bring back its acclaimed new play development initiative, the DNA New Work Series, a two-week run of workshops and readings of new works, taking place February 16 - March 1, 2015. (more...)

Jason Gotay, Ephie Aardema & More to Lead Private Reading of Ryan Scott Oliver's DARLINGJason Gotay, Ephie Aardema & More to Lead Private Reading of Ryan Scott Oliver's DARLING
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2015

A private reading of Ryan Scott Oliver's DARLING, a dark sexy re-telling of Peter Pan, is set for January 21st at the Pearl Studios in New York City. (more...)

Leigh Silverman to Helm WP Theater's World Premiere of BRIGHT HALF LIFE at New York City CenterLeigh Silverman to Helm WP Theater's World Premiere of BRIGHT HALF LIFE at New York City Center
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2015

Women's Project Theater, under the leadership of newly-appointed Producing Artistic Director Lisa McNulty, is pleased to present the World Premiere of BRIGHT HALF LIFE - a new play by Pulitzer Prize finalist Tanya Barfield and directed by Tony Award nominee Leigh Silverman - in a five-week limited engagement at New York City Center Stage II (131 W. 55th Street) from Tuesday, February 17 to March 22, 2015. Opening night is set for Wednesday, February 25. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Cast of MOTOWN Dances Off Broadway to Pharrell's 'Happy'STAGE TUBE: Cast of MOTOWN Dances Off Broadway to Pharrell's 'Happy'
by Stage Tube - Jan 19, 2015

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL may have given its final bow on Broadway, but the cast, crew, and stage management team have gone out in the most 'Happy' way possible! Check out a video of the group dancing to Pharrell's hit song, created by cast member Lisa Nicole Wilkerson, below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Bye Bye Baby- MOTOWN  Cast Takes Final Broadway Bow!Photo Coverage: Bye Bye Baby- MOTOWN Cast Takes Final Broadway Bow!
by Walter McBride - Jan 19, 2015

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL, the hit musical featuring the music of the legendary Motown catalogue and a book by Berry Gordy, ended its Broadway run yesterday, January 18 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. MOTOWN is set to return to Broadway at a Nederlander theatre to be announced in July 2016. Last spring, the first National Tour of Motown the Musical opened to critical acclaim, grossing an impressive $20 Million dollars during a packed sixteen-week run, and is now heading to major markets across the US. MOTOWN will also head to London's West End this summer. BroadwayWorld was there for the show's final curtain call and you can check out photo coverage below! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: MOTOWN Tour Cast 'Never Can Say Goodbye' to MOTOWN Broadway CastSTAGE TUBE: MOTOWN Tour Cast 'Never Can Say Goodbye' to MOTOWN Broadway Cast
by Stage Tube - Jan 18, 2015

The touring production of MOTOWN the Musical sent a special 'Happy Trails' to the Broadway Production of MOTOWN, closing today, Sunday Jan. 18. With direction and arrangement by Jesse Nager (Smokey Robinson) the video features Julius Thomas III (Berry Gordy), Allison Semmes (Diana Ross), Jarran Muse (Marvin Gaye), Krisha Mercano (Suzanne De Passe), and Rod Harrelson (dance captain), all of whom joined the tour from the Broadway company. The video also has appearances from the entire company currently in Philadelphia. Check it out below! (more...)

BWW Flashback: MOTOWN THE MUSICAL Ends Broadway Run TodayBWW Flashback: MOTOWN THE MUSICAL Ends Broadway Run Today
by BWW Special Coverage - Jan 18, 2015

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL, the hit musical featuring the music of the legendary Motown catalogue and a book by Berry Gordy, ends its Broadway run today, January 18 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. MOTOWN is set to return to Broadway at a Nederlander theatre to be announced in July 2016. Last spring, the first National Tour of Motown the Musical opened to critical acclaim, grossing an impressive $20 Million dollars during a packed sixteen-week run, and is now heading to major markets across the US. MOTOWN will also head to London's West End this summer. (more...)

NBC Developing Underground Railroad-Themed Broadway Musical w/ Score by Stevie WonderNBC Developing Underground Railroad-Themed Broadway Musical w/ Score by Stevie Wonder
by TV News Desk - Jan 16, 2015

'Forbidden Fruit: Love Stories From the Underground Railroad' is in development as a stage musical from Broadway producer Tara Smith's Triptyk Studios, Brian LaRoda and Universal Stage Productions, with Wonder attached to provide the score. (more...)

NBC to Air New Historical Mini-Series FREEDOM RUN Produced by Stevie WonderNBC to Air New Historical Mini-Series FREEDOM RUN Produced by Stevie Wonder
by TV News Desk - Jan 16, 2015

NBC is bringing both the heartbreaking and uplifting stories during one of America's most tumultuous periods to television in adapting author and Pulitzer Prize finalist Betty DeRamus' acclaimed book “Forbidden Fruit: Love Stories From the Underground Railroad” as an epic eight-hour miniseries titled “Freedom Run.” (more...)

Original MOTOWN Cast Member to Join National Tour as 'Smokey Robinson'Original MOTOWN Cast Member to Join National Tour as 'Smokey Robinson'
by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2015

Producers Kevin McCollum, Doug Morris and Berry Gordy have announced that MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL original Broadway cast member Jesse Nager has joined the First National Tour in the leading role of Smokey Robinson. (more...)

MOTOWN Recoups Broadway Investment Before Closing Night!MOTOWN Recoups Broadway Investment Before Closing Night!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2015

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL, the smash hit musical featuring the music of the legendary Motown catalogue and a book by Berry Gordy, will play its final performance of its current Broadway engagement this Sunday, January 18, 2015 at The Lunt Fontanne Theatre (205 West 46 Street) and will return to Broadway in a Nederlander theatre to be announced in Summer 2016. (more...)

BWW Reviews: MOTOWN Brings Big Beat and Big Heat to Heinz HallBWW Reviews: MOTOWN Brings Big Beat and Big Heat to Heinz Hall
by Greg Kerestan - Jan 2, 2015

Any long-time theatregoer will have horror stories of audiences that got too enthusiastic at a show with well-known music, especially jukebox musicals made up of mostly pre-existing pop tunes. I've known people to hum or outright sing along, whoop, cheer and scream like they're at a concert, or even get up and dance in the aisles. At most shows, this behavior is frowned upon by other audience members, or suppressed by ushers. However, at 'Motown,' the Berry Gordy bio-musical, this engaged behavior is encouraged- hell, it's part of the show. You see, audiences at 'Motown' fill a triplicate role: first, the traditional audience at a play, watching the events unfold through the fourth wall; second, the (in-world) audience watching a Motown retrospective show; finally, the various real, historical audiences at performances by Motown artists, from Parisians getting to hear the first international performances by The Supremes, to a spontaneously integrated audience in the Deep South, at a Motown show interrupted by gunshots. (more...)

Happy Trails! Say Goodbye to Broadway's Departing Shows!Happy Trails! Say Goodbye to Broadway's Departing Shows!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 27, 2014

A slew of plays and musicals will open on Broadway in Spring 2015, but where there is good news, there is also sad. To make room for highly-anticipated new productions such as Finding Neverland, On the Twentieth Century and Doctor Zhivago, some of our most beloved shows must close for good. Below, BroadwayWorld salutes the shows that will soon be taking their final Broadway bows. Get your tickets now to catch them while you still can! (more...)

Tickets to MOTOWN at Orpheum Theatre On Sale TodayTickets to MOTOWN at Orpheum Theatre On Sale Today
by BWW News Desk - Dec 19, 2014

Producers Kevin McCollum, Doug Morris and Berry Gordy, and The Orpheum Theatre, are proud to announce that single tickets for MOTOWN THE MUSICAL will go on sale today, December 19th at 10:00 AM. (more...)

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL Begins Tonight at the Orpheum TheatreMOTOWN THE MUSICAL Begins Tonight at the Orpheum Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Dec 16, 2014

Producers Kevin McCollum, Doug Morris and Berry Gordy, and Hennepin Theatre Trust are proud to welcome Motown The Musical, tonight, December 16, through the 28th at Hennepin Theatre Trust's Orpheum Theatre (910 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis) as part of the 2014-2015 Thrivent Financial Broadway on Hennepin Season. (more...)

Original MOTOWN Broadway Cast Member Julius Thomas III to Join National TourOriginal MOTOWN Broadway Cast Member Julius Thomas III to Join National Tour
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2014

Producers Kevin McCollum, Doug Morris and Berry Gordy have announced that MOTOWN THE MUSICAL original Broadway cast member Julius Thomas III will join the First National Tour for a limited engagement in the leading role of Berry Gordy on Friday, December 12. (more...)

BWW Interviews: MOTOWN THE MUSICAL's Leon Outlaw Jr.BWW Interviews: MOTOWN THE MUSICAL's Leon Outlaw Jr.
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - Dec 12, 2014

At the ripe old age of 12, theatre 'vet' Outlaw plays Young Berry Gordy, Young Stevie Wonder and Young Michael Jackson in MOTOWN THE MUSICAL, playing Dec. 16 - 28 at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis. (more...)

Tickets on Sale Today for MOTOWN THE MUSICAL at Broward CenterTickets on Sale Today for MOTOWN THE MUSICAL at Broward Center
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2014

Producers Kevin McCollum, Doug Morris and Berry Gordy, and Broadway Across America in partnership with Broward Center for the Performing Arts, are proud to announce single tickets for MOTOWN THE MUSICAL will go on sale today, December 12 at 10:00a.m. (more...)

Tickets to MOTOWN at Orpheum Theatre On Sale 12/19Tickets to MOTOWN at Orpheum Theatre On Sale 12/19
by BWW News Desk - Dec 11, 2014

Producers Kevin McCollum, Doug Morris and Berry Gordy, and The Orpheum Theatre, are proud to announce that single tickets for MOTOWN THE MUSICAL will go on sale Friday, December 19th at 10:00 AM. Tickets will be 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...)

Tickets to MOTOWN THE MUSICAL at Dr. Phillips Center On Sale FridayTickets to MOTOWN THE MUSICAL at Dr. Phillips Center On Sale Friday
by BWW News Desk - Dec 10, 2014

The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, in partnership with Florida Theatrical Association and FAIRWINDS Broadway in Orlando, announces that tickets for MOTOWN THE MUSICAL go on sale Friday, December 12 at 10 a.m. MOTOWN THE MUSICAL takes the stage at the Dr. Phillips Center March 10 - 15, 2015. (more...)

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