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BWW Review: The Music of MOTOWN Returns; Unfortunately, So Does The BookBWW Review: The Music of MOTOWN Returns; Unfortunately, So Does The Book
by Michael Dale - Jul 22, 2016

Despite clunky writing, Berry Gordy's autobiographical musical is packed with great songs and terrific performances. (more...)

BREAKING NEWS: MOTOWN Will Conclude Broadway Run Early on July 31BREAKING NEWS: MOTOWN Will Conclude Broadway Run Early on July 31
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2016

The Broadway return engagement of Motown The Musical, the last stop on the First National Tour, will play its final performance at The Nederlander Theatre (208 West 41st Street) on Sunday, July 31, 2016. (more...)

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL's Digital Lottery, Student Rush Launch This WeekMOTOWN THE MUSICAL's Digital Lottery, Student Rush Launch This Week
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2016

Motown the Musical has just announced its digital lottery and student rush policies for its Broadway return. (more...)

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside MOTOWN's Gypsy Robe Ceremony!Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside MOTOWN's Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
by Walter McBride - Jul 18, 2016

Motown the Musical returned to Broadway last week at The Nederlander Theatre (208 West 41 Street) for a strictly limited 18-week-only engagement through Sunday, November 13, 2016. BroadwayWorld was on hand for the sacred Gypsy Robe ceremony and below, check out photos of recipient Rod Harrelson with the company! (more...)

Photo Coverage: They're Back! Berry Gordy Helps MOTOWN Celebrate Broadway ReturnPhoto Coverage: They're Back! Berry Gordy Helps MOTOWN Celebrate Broadway Return
by Jennifer Broski - Jul 15, 2016

Motown the Musical returned to Broadway this week at The Nederlander Theatre (208 West 41 Street) for a strictly limited 18-week-only engagement through Sunday, November 13, 2016.  (more...)

Photo Coverage: MOTOWN's Berry Gordy gets His Place on the Walls of Sardi's!Photo Coverage: MOTOWN's Berry Gordy gets His Place on the Walls of Sardi's!
by Walter McBride - Jul 14, 2016

Just yesterday, Motown founder and legendary songwriter, producer, director, innovative entrepreneur, teacher and visionary Berry Gordy joined the ranks of Broadway royalty as he was honored with his very own Sardi's portrait. BroadwayWorld was on hand for the special occasion and you can check out photo coverage below! (more...)

Photo Flash: BORN FOR THIS: THE BEBE WINANS STORY Celebrates Opening Night at Arena StagePhoto Flash: BORN FOR THIS: THE BEBE WINANS STORY Celebrates Opening Night at Arena Stage
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2016

Arena Stage presents BORN FOR THIS: THE BeBe Winans STORY, the heartwarming true story of six-time Grammy Award-winning icon BeBe Winans' journey to fame. BORN FOR THIS, directed by celebrated director and playwright Charles Randolph-Wright (Motown The Musical), is a co-production with the ALLIANCE THEATRE in Atlanta, Ga., where the production ran April 13-May 15, 2016 prior to the Arena Stage production. The new musical, which officially kicks off Arena Stage's 2016/17 season, features original songs and Winans family hits, with a book by Randolph-Wright and Winans. BORN FOR THIS runs now through August 28, 2016 in the Kreeger Theater. BroadwayWorld has photos from the opening night festivities below! (more...)

BWW Review: BORN FOR THIS: THE BEBE WINANS STORY Offers Joyous Music Experience at Arena StageBWW Review: BORN FOR THIS: THE BEBE WINANS STORY Offers Joyous Music Experience at Arena Stage
by Jennifer Perry - Jul 11, 2016

Whether you share BeBe's upbringing and/or personal faith or not, it's impossible not to enjoy the music and talented vocalists in this show, which is reason enough to give it a chance. (more...)

Reasons To Get Excited: Broadway's Summer OpeningsReasons To Get Excited: Broadway's Summer Openings
by Michael Dale - Jul 1, 2016

There are only two Broadway productions scheduled to come in during July and August this year, but this recent hit and old favorite are sure to heat things up. (more...)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with BORN FOR THIS: THE BEBE WINANS STORY at Arena StagePhoto Flash: In Rehearsal with BORN FOR THIS: THE BEBE WINANS STORY at Arena Stage
by BWW News Desk - Jun 28, 2016

Arena Stage presents BORN FOR THIS: THE BEBE WINANS STORY, the heartwarming true story of six-time Grammy Award-winning icon BeBe Winans' journey to fame. BORN FOR THIS, directed by celebrated director and playwright Charles Randolph-Wright (Motown The Musical), officially kicks off Arena Stage's 2016/17 season, featuring original songs and Winans family hits, with a book by Randolph-Wright and Winans. BORN FOR THIS runs July 1-August 28, 2016 in the Kreeger Theater. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the company in rehearsal below! (more...)

BWW Review: MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is Solid GoldBWW Review: MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is Solid Gold
by Linda Hodges - Jun 22, 2016

Broadway San Jose's Motown the Musical is a solid gold hit and played to an enraptured audience last night at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts. Motown the record company was dreamed up by Berry Gordy in 1959 and the music world has never been the same. Gordy and his cavalcade of artists defined the sound of the sixties and seventies, breaking down racial barriers with a signature soul/pop sound that cut across the black/white divide at a time when segregation was still the law of the land. Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, The Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder and the Temptations were just a few of the artists that made up Motown. The staggering amount of talent, creativity and love that was the Motown Sound and the story behind its founder Berry Gordy -- all brought to the Broadway stage in Motown -- will touch your heart and put the beat back in your feet. Playing now through June 26 it is a must see song celebration and surely a show for your theatre bucket list. (more...)

Cool Off This Summer with NYC Theatre - A Complete Guide of the Hottest Shows of the Season!Cool Off This Summer with NYC Theatre - A Complete Guide of the Hottest Shows of the Season!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2016

Where better to escape the New York City heat than in the comfort of a theatre? Below, we're rounding up some of the hottest shows of the summer- brought to you by The New York City Spectacular! (more...)

West End's MOTOWN on Track to Recoup Investment This YearWest End's MOTOWN on Track to Recoup Investment This Year
by BWW News Desk - Jun 9, 2016

The West End production of Motown the Musical has proven its popularity in London. (more...)

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL & More Added to Hollywood Pantages Theatre 2016-2017 Winter SeasonMOTOWN THE MUSICAL & More Added to Hollywood Pantages Theatre 2016-2017 Winter Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 6, 2016

The Hollywood Pantages, a Nederlander Theatre, is proud to announce the addition of four new productions, all with strictly-limited engagements, during the 2016/2017 Winter season. The new lineup will include three Hollywood Pantages return engagements and one L.A. Premiere. (more...)

Obioma Ugoala to Play 'Smokey Robinson' in London's MOTOWN; Show Extends to Autumn 2017Obioma Ugoala to Play 'Smokey Robinson' in London's MOTOWN; Show Extends to Autumn 2017
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2016

MOTOWN is getting a new Smokey! Not only that, but the Daily Mail writes that the West End production of Motown the Musical is extending through October 2017. Obioma Ugoala will join the cast as 'Smokey Robinson' starting July 4, 2016. (more...)

MOTOWN National Tour Coming to Sacramento, 5/18-29MOTOWN National Tour Coming to Sacramento, 5/18-29
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2016

Producers Kevin McCollum, Doug Morris and Berry Gordy, and Broadway Sacramento, are proud to announce that MOTOWN THE MUSICAL will play at Community Center Theater for a two-week engagement May 18 - 29. Tickets start at $24 and are available now at the Wells Fargo Pavilion Box Office, 1419 H Street, Sacramento, or by calling (916) 557-1999; they are also available at the Convention Center Box Office, 1301 L Street, Sacramento, or by calling (916) 808-5181, or online at Tickets.com. Sacramento Community Center Theater is located at 1301 L Street in Sacramento. (more...)

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...)

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