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BWW Review: MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL Is a Treat For The Eyes and EarsBWW Review: MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL Is a Treat For The Eyes and Ears
by Frank Benge - Apr 27, 2016

MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL is a jukebox musical that premiered on Broadway in April 2013, receiving four Tony Award nominations. Based on Berry Gordy's 1994 autobiography To Be Loved: The Music, the Magic, the Memories of Motown, it tells the story of how he founded and ran the Motown record label. It also touches on his relationships with Diana Ross (Allison Semmes), Marvin Gaye (Jarran Muse), and Smokey Robinson (Jesse Nager). Digging deep into the Motown catalog, the show contains over 60 songs. With that many songs one would expect a pretty thin book; however, by wisely placing most of the focus on Gordy (Chester Gregory) and Ross' relationship and the rise and fall of Motown, we are given a compelling portrait of both Gordy and the music industry. MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL is a celebration of the Motown sound… that sound that joined black and white America in ways nothing else has equaled before or since...that magical period in our past when we were invited to go dancing in the street to a brand new beat. (more...)

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL to Play San Jose's Center for the Performing Arts This JuneMOTOWN THE MUSICAL to Play San Jose's Center for the Performing Arts This June
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2016

Producers Kevin McCollum, Doug Morris and Berry Gordy, and Broadway San Jose, a Nederlander Presentation, are proud to announce that MOTOWN THE MUSICAL will play a one-week engagement at San Jose's Center for the Performing Arts (255 Almaden Blvd.) from June 21-26, 2016. (more...)

Pulitzer Prize Winner Ayad Akhtar Named Arena Stage Resident PlaywrightPulitzer Prize Winner Ayad Akhtar Named Arena Stage Resident Playwright
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2016

Artistic Director Molly Smith announces Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and author Ayad Akhtar as Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater's next resident playwright as part of the American Voices New Play Institute, effective July 2016 through June 2017. Akhtar's emotionally-charged drama Disgraced, which won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, completes Arena Stage's 2015/16 season. Now in previews, the production officially opens April 28 and runs through May 29, 2016. (more...)

BWW Review: MOTOWN: THE MUSICALBWW Review: MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL
by Keith Waits - Apr 18, 2016

This week, a high-energy combination of the Motor City and the Great White Way burst into Louisville with the current Broadway Series production, Motown: the Musical, at the Kentucky Center. (more...)

Chester Gregory, Allison Semmes, Jesse Nager & Jarran Muse Will Lead MOTOWN's Broadway Return; Full Cast Announced!Chester Gregory, Allison Semmes, Jesse Nager & Jarran Muse Will Lead MOTOWN's Broadway Return; Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2016

Producers Kevin McCollum, Doug Morris and Berry Gordy just announced complete casting for the Broadway return of Motown The Musical, beginning performances Tuesday, July 12 at The Nederlander Theatre (208 West 41Street) for a strictly limited 18-week-only engagement through Sunday, November 13, 2016. (more...)

Cast Announced for Centenary Stage Company's Rolling Premiere of START DOWNCast Announced for Centenary Stage Company's Rolling Premiere of START DOWN
by BWW News Desk - Mar 30, 2016

Centenary Stage Company continues its trend this season of featuring women playwrights and premieres by closing their main stage professional theater series with Eleanor Burgess' START DOWN April 8 through 24 in the Lackland Performing Arts Center. (more...)

Full Cast Announced for Bebe Winans Musical BORN FOR THIS at Arena StageFull Cast Announced for Bebe Winans Musical BORN FOR THIS at Arena Stage
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2016

Arena Stage announces the full cast and creative team for BORN FOR THIS: THE BEBE WINANS STORY, the heartwarming true story of six-time Grammy Award-winning icon BeBe Winans' journey to fame. (more...)

Full Cast Announced for Bebe Winans Musical BORN FOR THIS at Alliance TheatreFull Cast Announced for Bebe Winans Musical BORN FOR THIS at Alliance Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2016

Rehearsals started in Atlanta today for BORN FOR THIS: THE BEBE WINANS STORY, the hilarious and heartwarming true story of six-time Grammy Award-winning icon BeBe Winans's journey to fame. BORN FOR THIS, directed by celebrated director and playwright Charles Randolph-Wright (Motown The Musical), will premiere on the Alliance Stage, April 13 - May 15, 2016. (more...)

Tickets to MOTOWN at Fox Cities Performing Arts Center Now on SaleTickets to MOTOWN at Fox Cities Performing Arts Center Now on Sale
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2016

 Producers Kevin McCollum, Doug Morris and Berry Gordy, and the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, are proud to announce that single tickets for MOTOWN THE MUSICAL are on sale now.  (more...)

BWW Review: MOTOWN THE MUSICAL, Shaftesbury Theatre, March 10 2016BWW Review: MOTOWN THE MUSICAL, Shaftesbury Theatre, March 10 2016
by Tom Cox - Mar 10, 2016

Motown the Musical smashes together all of your favourite Motown hits, while following the story of Berry Gordy, the man who made it all happen. (more...)

BWW Review: MOTOWN Races Through Charm CityBWW Review: MOTOWN Races Through Charm City
by Cybele Pomeroy - Mar 9, 2016

MOTOWN the Musical could've been a hokey disaster that tried to cobble great hits together in some strained reach of a storyline, but it isn't. MOTOWN's plot is not contrived but completely realistic and heart-warmingly human. Baltimore and Motor City may be more like strained siblings than kissing cousins, but in some deep sense, Detroit IS Baltimore and this musical will resonate most particularly here, most particularly now. MOTOWN deserves to be not just a Broadway phenomenon but a part of our collective culture. It's fun, it's funny, it's sexy and it's full of the sort of hopeful commitment to brighter futures that used to be part of the American Dream. (more...)

BWW TV: Berry Gordy, Charles Randolph-Wright, Beverley Knight and More Chat West End's MOTOWN on the Red CarpetBWW TV: Berry Gordy, Charles Randolph-Wright, Beverley Knight and More Chat West End's MOTOWN on the Red Carpet
by BroadwayWorld TV - Mar 9, 2016

Last night (8 March 2016) marked the opening of the West End production of MOTOWN THE MUSICAL. With music and lyrics from the legendary Motown catalogue and book by Motown founder Berry Gordy, MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is directed by Charles Randolph-Wright. Last month, due to public demand, a further 200,000 tickets were released for sale taking bookings at the Shaftesbury Theatre to 18 February 2017. Click below to watch the stars strut the red carpet, including Gordy, director Randolph-Wright, Beverley Knight and more! (more...)

Photo Flash: Opening Night of West End's MOTOWN THE MUSICAL - Berry Gordy, Smokey Robinson, Mary Wilson and More!Photo Flash: Opening Night of West End's MOTOWN THE MUSICAL - Berry Gordy, Smokey Robinson, Mary Wilson and More!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2016

Last night (8 March 2016) marked the opening of the West End production of Motown the Musical. With music and lyrics from the legendary Motown catalogue and book by Motown founder Berry Gordy,Motown the Musical is directed by Charles Randolph-Wright. Last month, due to public demand, a further 200,000 tickets were released for sale taking bookings at the Shaftesbury Theatre to 18 February 2017.  BroadwayWorld brings you a first look at the opening night bash below! (more...)

Review Roundup: MOTOWN THE MUSICAL Opens in the West EndReview Roundup: MOTOWN THE MUSICAL Opens in the West End
by Review Roundups - Mar 8, 2016

The West End production of MOTOWN THE MUSICAL officially opens tonight 8 March 2016. With music and lyrics from the legendary Motown catalogue and book by Motown founder Berry Gordy, MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is directed by Charles Randolph-Wright. Let's see what the critics had to say... (more...)

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL Opens Tonight in the West EndMOTOWN THE MUSICAL Opens Tonight in the West End
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2016

The West End production of MOTOWN THE MUSICAL officially opens tonight 8 March 2016. With music and lyrics from the legendary Motown catalogue and book by Motown founder Berry Gordy, MOTOWN THE MUSICALis directed by Charles Randolph-Wright.  (more...)

Coming Up This Week in Theatre - 3/5/2016
by - Mar 5, 2016

BroadwayWorld.com's Upcoming Events calendar for the week - updated on 3/5/2016. (more...)

Ned Eisenberg Joins The Old Globe's CAMP DAVID; Hallie Foote, Khaled Nabawy & Richard Thomas to Reprise RolesNed Eisenberg Joins The Old Globe's CAMP DAVID; Hallie Foote, Khaled Nabawy & Richard Thomas to Reprise Roles
by BWW News Desk - Mar 2, 2016

The Old Globe today announced the complete cast and creative team for its presentation of the Arena Stage production of Pulitzer Prize winner Lawrence Wright's thrilling new play CAMP DAVID, directed by Arena Stage's artistic director, Molly Smith. (more...)

Photo Flash: MOTOWN Hits London! First Look at Lucy St. Louis, Cedric Neal & More OnstagePhoto Flash: MOTOWN Hits London! First Look at Lucy St. Louis, Cedric Neal & More Onstage
by BWW News Desk - Mar 1, 2016

The West End production of Motown the Musical is now in previews at the Shaftesbury Theatre, with press night on 8 March 2016. With music and lyrics from the legendary Motown catalogue and book by Motown founder Berry Gordy, Motown the Musical is directed by Charles Randolph-Wright.   The show recently released a further 200,000 tickets for sale taking bookings to 18 February 2017. Check out a first look below! (more...)

BWW TV Exclusive: Husband & Wife, Andy Karl & Orfeh Team Up Onstage for American Songbook; Watch Highlights!BWW TV Exclusive: Husband & Wife, Andy Karl & Orfeh Team Up Onstage for American Songbook; Watch Highlights!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Feb 27, 2016

She has a 'powerhouse voice' (New York Times). He is 'a theater world heartthrob' (New York Times). And together Orfeh and Andy Karl have had an impressively long run as one of Broadway's best couples. Although they met while doing the Broadway production of Saturday Night Fever, their irrepressible chemistry became the stuff of legend when they co-starred in Legally Blonde, which garnered Orfeh a Tony nomination. Karl earned his own Tony nods for his 'physically astounding' (Vulture) performance in the title role of Rocky and last season's On the Twentieth Century. Sexy, funny, and enormously talented, the two just presented their long-awaited onstage reunion, directed by Charles Randolph-Wright as a part of Lincoln Center's American Songbook series. Check out exclusive concert highlights below! (more...)

BWW Review: Columbus Grooves to MOTOWN THE MUSICALBWW Review: Columbus Grooves to MOTOWN THE MUSICAL
by Christina Mancuso - Feb 25, 2016

Columbus got their groove on at the Ohio Theatre on opening night when an iconic era of social change and racial integration was celebrated through soul, pop, and classic hits such as 'My Girl', 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough', 'ABC', Cruisin', 'I Heard It Through the Grapevine', and so many more. (more...)

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