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National Theatre's 2015-16 Season to Feature MOTOWN, CINDERELLA & MoreNational Theatre's 2015-16 Season to Feature MOTOWN, CINDERELLA & More
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2015

Broadway at the National announces its 2015-16 season, featuring the Washington premieres of Motown The Musical, the story of Berry Gordy's journey from featherweight boxer to heavyweight music mogul, the TonyŽ Award-winning Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella, with its fresh new take on the beloved tale, and the reconceived adaptation of The Wizard of Oz, featuring additional new songs by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber. The full subscription series also includes the highly anticipated return of Jersey Boys, the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, as well as everyone's favorite orphan, Annie. (more...)

BWW Interviews: A Conversation with Producer/Director Martin WilkinsBWW Interviews: A Conversation with Producer/Director Martin Wilkins
by Vickie Evans - Apr 14, 2015

Martin Wilkins has an intensive professional theater career that include a long list of fellowships and freelance assignments at impressive venues such as The Arena Stage (Washington, DC) and The Eugene O'Neill Center Theater. Yet, here in Charlotte, we are glad to call him one of our own. (more...)

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL to Play the Fox Theatre This Aug; Tickets on Sale 4/12MOTOWN THE MUSICAL to Play the Fox Theatre This Aug; Tickets on Sale 4/12
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2015

Producers Kevin McCollum, Doug Morris and Berry Gordy, and Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta are proud to announce that single tickets for MOTOWN THE MUSICAL will go on sale Sunday, April 12 at 10 a.m. (more...)

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL to Hit the West End's Shaftesbury Theatre Next SpringMOTOWN THE MUSICAL to Hit the West End's Shaftesbury Theatre Next Spring
by BWW News Desk - Apr 2, 2015

After hinting at a summer run in London, it looks like MOTOWN THE MUSICAL will be shakin' it in the West End next spring. (more...)

BWW Reviews: MOTOWN THE MUSICAL, What's Going On?BWW Reviews: MOTOWN THE MUSICAL, What's Going On?
by Christine Swerczek - Mar 27, 2015

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL recently opened at the Orpheum Theater in Omaha, taking the packed house captive for 2 hours and 45 minutes with nonstop songs covering 25 years of emerging superstars. (more...)

Charles Randolph-Wright's BORN FOR THIS, TIGER STYLE! & More Will Premiere in 2015-16 Season for Atlanta's Alliance TheatreCharles Randolph-Wright's BORN FOR THIS, TIGER STYLE! & More Will Premiere in 2015-16 Season for Atlanta's Alliance Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2015

Atlanta's nationally acclaimed Alliance Theatre and Jennings Hertz Artistic Director Susan V. Booth just announced the 2015/16 Season for the Alliance Stage, Hertz Stage, Theatre for Youth and Families, and Theatre for the Very Young series. The 47th season includes five world premieres, a musical by BeBe Winans and Charles Randolph-Wright, a Pulitzer Prize winning drama, a literary classic featuring an all-Atlanta cast, and exceptional productions for youth and families. (more...)

MOTOWN Coming to Segerstrom Center, 6/16-28MOTOWN Coming to Segerstrom Center, 6/16-28
by BWW News Desk - Mar 23, 2015

Segerstrom Center for the Arts and producers Kevin McCollum, Doug Morris and Berry Gordy are proud to announce that single tickets for the Orange County engagement of MOTOWN THE MUSICAL are on sale now. Single tickets start at $29 and may be purchased online at SCFTA.org, the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling (714) 556-2787. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 10 or more, call the Group Services office at (714) 755-0236. The TTY number is (714) 556-2746. The 2 p.m. performance on Saturday, June 27, 2015 will include audio description, open captioning and sign-language interpretation. (more...)

MOTOWN National Tour Recoups InvestmentMOTOWN National Tour Recoups Investment
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2015

Producers Kevin McCollum, Doug Morris and Berry Gordy are proud to announce that the First National Tour of MOTOWN THE MUSICAL has recouped its $8.5 million dollar capitalization cost in less than ten months on the road. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Inside ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY's Opening Night Theatre Arrivals!Photo Coverage: Inside ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY's Opening Night Theatre Arrivals!
by Walter McBride - Mar 16, 2015

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) presents a new Broadway production of the classic musical On the Twentieth Century starring Tony & Emmy Award winner Kristin Chenoweth, Golden Globe, SAG Award winner & Tony nominee Peter Gallagher, Tony nominee Andy Karl, Mark Linn-Baker, Tony winner Michael McGrath and Tony winner Mary Louise Wilson. On the Twentieth Century is choreographed by Tony winner Warren Carlyle and directed by six-time Tony nominee Scott Ellis, and features music by Cy Coleman, and book & lyrics by Betty ComdenandAdolph Green. On the Twentieth Century is based on plays by Ben Hecht, Charles MacArthur & Bruce Millholland. The original Broadway production was directed by Harold Prince. The production officially opened last night, and you can check out photos from the red carpet below! (more...)

BWW Review: MOTOWN THE MUSICAL Is High-Speed Nostalgic Fun at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing ArtsBWW Review: MOTOWN THE MUSICAL Is High-Speed Nostalgic Fun at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
by Matt Tamanini - Mar 11, 2015

How do you cram 50 hit songs, over 90 characters, and 25 years of history from one of music's most important companies into a dramatically satisfying, two hour and 45 minute musical? The answer is, you don't; but based on the enthusiastic response to MOTOWN THE MUSICAL, playing at Orlando's Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts through March 15th, that really doesn't matter. What does matter is that the music of Motown (the record company and the musical) is here to make people happy. That mantra is repeated multiple times during the show's most difficult situations by its central figure, Berry Gordy. According to the musical, Motown's founder created the most successful independent record label of all-time on little more than determination and a desire to spread joy. As anyone familiar with Motown's mile-long string of hits, or the stage show that they inspired, can attest to, Gordy, Hitsville U.S.A., and MOTOWN THE MUSICAL more than delivered on creating joy for countless generations of music fans. (more...)

Edward Gero Stars in Arena Stage's THE ORIGINALIST, Beginning TonightEdward Gero Stars in Arena Stage's THE ORIGINALIST, Beginning Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Mar 6, 2015

Four-time Helen Hayes Award winner and acclaimed D.C. actor Edward Gero stars as one of America's most brilliant and polarizing figures-Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia-in the world-premiere political drama The Originalist, by Charles MacArthur Award winner and Arena Stage resident playwright John Strand. When a bright, liberal law school graduate embarks on a nerve-wracking clerkship with Justice Scalia, she discovers him to be both an infuriating sparring partner and unexpected mentor. How will their relationship affect one of the most incendiary cases ever to reach the nation's highest court? Artistic Director Molly Smith directs this daring new play, which offers a rare portrayal of a sitting Supreme Court justice, and for the first time the intimate Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle will be configured into a three-quarter thrust configuration. The Originalist runs March 6-April 26, 2015. (more...)

Mirvish Announces 2015-16 Season - MATILDA, GENTLEMEN'S GUIDE, Bonus Shows and More!Mirvish Announces 2015-16 Season - MATILDA, GENTLEMEN'S GUIDE, Bonus Shows and More!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 4, 2015

In the 2015-16 season, David Mirvish will present 14 shows in Toronto, consisting of seven shows in the Mainstage Subscription Series, three in the Off-Mirvish Subscription Series and four shows off-subscription. (more...)

NYMF Sets 2015 Lineup: Works from THE VOICE Alums, Developmental Reading Series & MoreNYMF Sets 2015 Lineup: Works from THE VOICE Alums, Developmental Reading Series & More
by BWW News Desk - Feb 25, 2015

The 2015 New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) today announced the 2015 Next Link Project musical selections. The 10 musicals, and three initial invited productions, were announced as part of the 12th edition of the Festival, which will take place in July at locations around midtown Manhattan in New York City. (more...)

World Premiere of Tanya Barfield's BRIGHT HALF LIFE Opens Tonight at New York City CenterWorld Premiere of Tanya Barfield's BRIGHT HALF LIFE Opens Tonight at New York City Center
by BWW News Desk - Feb 25, 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) through March 22, 2015. Opening night is set for tonight, February 25. (more...)

Photo Flash: Sneak Peek at MOTOWN THE MUSICAL, Coming to The Buell Theatre This SpringPhoto Flash: Sneak Peek at MOTOWN THE MUSICAL, Coming to The Buell Theatre This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Feb 20, 2015

Producers Kevin McCollum, Doug Morris and Berry Gordy present the First National Tour of MOTOWN THE MUSICAL, which plays The Buell Theatre March 31-April 19 only. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the production below! (more...)

MA-YI to Premiere SOLDIER X at HERE This SpringMA-YI to Premiere SOLDIER X at HERE This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2015

The award-winning, nationally-renowned Ma-Yi Theater Company - one of the country's leading producers of new works for the stage by Asian-American writers - will continue its 2014-15 season this spring with the world premiere of SOLDIER X by Rehana Lew Mirza, with preview performances set to begin March 24 prior to an official opening night on March 31 at the HERE (145 Sixth Avenue, enter on Dominick Street, one block south of Spring) in NYC. SOLDIER X is directed by Lucie Tiberghien. (more...)

BWW Reviews: MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL National Tour at Durham Performing Arts CenterBWW Reviews: MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center
by Jeffrey Karasarides - Feb 19, 2015

Based on Berry Gordy's 1994 autobiography To Be Loved: The Music, the Magic, the Memories of Motown, this musical tells the true story behind Mr. Gordy's founding and running of the Motown record label, and his personal and professional relationships with Motown artists such as Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, and Michael Jackson. The music and lyrics for the musical are taken from selections from the Motown catalog. (more...)

MOTOWN to Play Omaha's Orpheum Theater, 3/25-29MOTOWN to Play Omaha's Orpheum Theater, 3/25-29
by BWW News Desk - Feb 18, 2015

Producers Kevin McCollum, Doug Morris and Berry Gordy, and Omaha Performing Arts are proud to announce MOTOWN THE MUSICAL tickets are available through Ticket Omaha.* The tickets, starting at $30 each, are available by going online at TicketOmaha.com; by phone at 402.345.0606; or by going to the Ticket Omaha box office inside the Holland Performing Arts Center. MOTOWN THE MUSICAL will play at the Orpheum Theater Wednesday, March 25 through Sunday, March 29. Groups of 10 or more may purchase tickets by calling 402.661.8516 or toll-free at 866.434.8587. The show is part of Omaha Performing Arts' Broadway Series. (more...)

Joe Iconis' DIARY OF A WIMPY KID Musical & More Will Premiere at Minneapolis' Children's Theatre CompanyJoe Iconis' DIARY OF A WIMPY KID Musical & More Will Premiere at Minneapolis' Children's Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - Feb 18, 2015

Children's Theatre Company (CTC) celebrates 50 years as the flagship theatre for multigenerational audiences in North America with a mix of celebratory events and a continued commitment to creating new work for young audiences with a theatrical season that includes five premieres. Hailed by Time Magazine as the number one theatre for families in the nation, CTC celebrates 50 years of creating exciting new works for young audiences that have been in Beijing, Moscow, Tokyo, Canada, Scotland, most of the United States and Broadway; of being the largest and most honored theatre for multigenerational audiences in North America; and the being only theatre for young audiences to receive a Tony Award for sustained excellence. (more...)

Arena Stage Announces 2015/16 Season Including Pasek & Paul's DEAR EVAN HANSEN, OLIVER!, World Premiere Plays & MoreArena Stage Announces 2015/16 Season Including Pasek & Paul's DEAR EVAN HANSEN, OLIVER!, World Premiere Plays & More
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2015

Artistic Director Molly Smith has announced the 2015/16 season lineup for the 66th season at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. (more...)

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