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Photo Flash: Sneak Peek at MOTOWN THE MUSICAL, Coming to the Broward Center, 2/24-3/8Photo Flash: Sneak Peek at MOTOWN THE MUSICAL, Coming to the Broward Center, 2/24-3/8
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2015

Performances for MOTOWN THE MUSICAL begin Tuesday, February 24 for a limited two week run through Sunday, March 8, 2015. MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is part of the 2014-2015 Broadway in Fort Lauderdale Series presented by Broadway Across America and Florida Theatrical Association in partnership with The Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Scroll down for a sneak peek at the cast in action! (more...)

Photo Flash: MOTOWN THE MUSICAL Tour Celebrates Music Legacy With High Fashion PortraitsPhoto Flash: MOTOWN THE MUSICAL Tour Celebrates Music Legacy With High Fashion Portraits
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2015

While in Minneapolis, MN company members from Motown the Musical, under the direction of cast member Christian Dante White, worked with celebrity photographer Brent Dundore to capture the essence of the Motown artists they portray every night onstage in a high fashion shoot. Scroll down for photos! (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...)

Mama Foundation Musical ALIVE! Set for 60 MINUTESMama Foundation Musical ALIVE! Set for 60 MINUTES
by BWW News Desk - Dec 30, 2014

The Mama Foundation for the Arts announces that its original musical ALIVE! -- a celebration of a generation in song, featuring a full company of performers who are age 55 and over -- will be profiled by Lesley Stahl in "60 Minutes" news segment which will air on CBS this Sunday, January 4th at 7:00 PM (EST). Ms. Stahl previously profiled The Mama Foundation's world-renowned Gospel for Teens program in a 2012 Emmy Award-winning feature. (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...)

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 Broward Center for the Performing Arts On Sale 12/12Tickets to MOTOWN THE MUSICAL at Broward Center for the Performing Arts On Sale 12/12
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 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 Friday, December 12 at 10:00a.m. (more...)

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL Coming to Academy of Music in JanuaryMOTOWN THE MUSICAL Coming to Academy of Music in January
by BWW News Desk - Nov 26, 2014

Producers Kevin McCollum, Doug Morris and Berry Gordy, and Broadway Philadelphia, are proud to announce that single tickets for MOTOWN THE MUSICAL, presented collaboratively by The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and The Shubert Organization, are now on sale forMOTOWN THE MUSICAL at the Academy of Music for a two-week engagement January 6 - 18. (more...)

MOTOWN National Tour Plays the Fabulous Fox, Now thru 11/30MOTOWN National Tour Plays the Fabulous Fox, Now thru 11/30
by BWW News Desk - Nov 18, 2014

The Fabulous Fox Theatre is excited to announce that the national tour of MOTOWN THE MUSICAL will play at the Fabulous Fox Theatre in St. Louis tonight, November 18 - 30, 2014. (more...)

Tickets to MOTOWN THE MUSICAL at Boston Opera House on Sale 11/9Tickets to MOTOWN THE MUSICAL at Boston Opera House on Sale 11/9
by BWW News Desk - Oct 29, 2014

Producers Kevin McCollum, Doug Morris and Berry Gordy, and Broadway In Boston have announced that single tickets for MOTOWN THE MUSICAL will go on sale to the public Sunday, November 9, 2014 at 10AM. Performances at the Boston Opera House, January 27 through February 15, 2015. (more...)

Photo Flash: MOTOWN National Tour Celebrates Opening in Detroit!Photo Flash: MOTOWN National Tour Celebrates Opening in Detroit!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 28, 2014

The long-anticipated Detroit engagement of MOTOWN THE MUSICAL opened last Wednesday, October 22 at The Fisher Theatre - check out photos below! (more...)

Mama Foundation Stages WE ARE! in Rep with ALIVE!, Beginning TonightMama Foundation Stages WE ARE! in Rep with ALIVE!, Beginning Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2014

The Mama Foundation for the Arts presents WE ARE!, an original family musical about and starring the acclaimed Gospel for Teens Choir. Conceived and written by Vy Higginsen and Ken Wydro (the creators of MAMA, I WANT TO SING), and directed by Mr. Wydro, WE ARE! will be performed (in repertory with other Mama Foundation musicals) at The Dempsey Theater in Harlem (127 W. 127 St.) this Fall on the following dates: Todays, October 11 at 2 pm, Today, October 25 at 2 pm, and Today, November 8 at 2 pm. Tickets to WE ARE! are $35 and can be arranged by calling the Mama Foundation for the Arts at 212-280-1045, or online at SmartTix.com. (more...)

MOTOWN National Tour to Play the Fabulous Fox, 11/18-30MOTOWN National Tour to Play the Fabulous Fox, 11/18-30
by BWW News Desk - Oct 6, 2014

The Fabulous Fox Theatre is excited to announce that the national tour of MOTOWN THE MUSICAL will play at the Fabulous Fox Theatre in St. Louis November 18 - 30, 2014. (more...)

Mama Foundation to Stage WE ARE! in Rep with ALIVE!, Begin. 10/11Mama Foundation to Stage WE ARE! in Rep with ALIVE!, Begin. 10/11
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2014

The Mama Foundation for the Arts presents WE ARE!, an original family musical about and starring the acclaimed Gospel for Teens Choir. Conceived and written by Vy Higginsen and Ken Wydro (the creators of MAMA, I WANT TO SING), and directed by Mr. Wydro, WE ARE! will be performed (in repertory with other Mama Foundation musicals) at The Dempsey Theater in Harlem (127 W. 127 St.) this Fall on the following dates: Saturdays, October 11 at 2 pm, Saturday, October 25 at 2 pm, and Saturday, November 8 at 2 pm. Tickets to WE ARE! are $35 and can be arranged by calling the Mama Foundation for the Arts at 212-280-1045, or online at SmartTix.com. (more...)

Tickets to MOTOWN THE MUSICAL at the Orpheum Theatre Go on Sale 9/12; Show Runs 12/16-28Tickets to MOTOWN THE MUSICAL at the Orpheum Theatre Go on Sale 9/12; Show Runs 12/16-28
by BWW News Desk - Sep 10, 2014

Producers Kevin McCollum, Doug Morris and Berry Gordy, and Hennepin Theatre Trust are proud to announce that single tickets for Motown The Musical will go on sale Friday, Sept. 12 at 10 a.m. Motown The Musical will play December 16-28 at Hennepin Theatre Trust's Orpheum Theatre (910 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis) as part of the 2014-2015 Thrivent Financial Broadway on Hennepin Season. (more...)

MOTOWN the MUSICAL is a Huge Hit:  Now thru Sep 28!MOTOWN the MUSICAL is a Huge Hit: Now thru Sep 28!
by Linda Hodges and Nick Hodges - Aug 23, 2014

Hodges & Hodges grooved their way down to the Orpheum Theatre to dance the night away at MOTOWN the Musical! The hit record company 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 the hit parade at Motown. (more...)

Tickets to MOTOWN THE MUSICAL at Fisher Theatre On Sale 7/18Tickets to MOTOWN THE MUSICAL at Fisher Theatre On Sale 7/18
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2014

Producers Kevin McCollum, Doug Morris and Berry Gordy, and Broadway In Detroit are proud to announce that single tickets for the Detroit engagement of MOTOWN THE MUSICAL will go on sale Friday, July 18, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. MOTOWN THE MUSICAL will play at Detroit's Fisher Theatre, October 21 - November 16, 2014. (more...)

Nicholas Christopher, Jarran Muse, Reed L. Shannon & More Join MOTOWN National Tour; Full Cast AnnouncedNicholas Christopher, Jarran Muse, Reed L. Shannon & More Join MOTOWN National Tour; Full Cast Announced
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2014

As previously announced, Clifton Oliver and Allison Semmes will star in the leading roles of Berry Gordy and Diana Ross. Portraying groundbreaking Motown artists, Nicholas Christopher will play Smokey Robinson and Jarran Muse will play Marvin Gaye. Leon Outlaw, Jr. and Reed L. Shannon will portray Berry Gordy's boyhood counterpart and the roles of young stars Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder. (more...)

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