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New Musical WE ARE! to Receive Industry WorkshopNew Musical WE ARE! to Receive Industry Workshop
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2016

WE ARE!, an original musical by the creators and producers of Mama, I Want To Sing, will have an industry workshop performance on Saturday, June 4 at 4:30PM at the Dempsey Theater, 127 West 127th Street (between Adam Clayton Powell Blvd and Malcolm X Blvd in Harlem). www.WeAreTheMusical.com. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Broadway Celebrates Manhattan Theatre Club at Spring Gala!Photo Coverage: Broadway Celebrates Manhattan Theatre Club at Spring Gala!
by Jennifer Broski - May 17, 2016

Manhattan Theatre Club just hosted its annual Spring Gala last night, May 16 at Cipriani 42nd Street (110 East 42nd Street) honoring Marie T. Gallagher, Senior Vice President, PepsiCo, Inc. BroadwayWorld was on hand for the special night and you can check out photos below! (more...)

Stars of SHUFFLE ALONG, WAITRESS, THE COLOR PURPLE & More Take the Stage at MTC's Spring Gala TonightStars of SHUFFLE ALONG, WAITRESS, THE COLOR PURPLE & More Take the Stage at MTC's Spring Gala Tonight
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2016

Manhattan Theatre Club hosts its annual Spring Gala tonight, May 16 at Cipriani 42nd Street (110 East 42nd Street) honoring Marie T. Gallagher, Senior Vice President, PepsiCo, Inc. (more...)

Stars of SHUFFLE ALONG, WAITRESS, THE COLOR PURPLE & More Will Take the Stage at MTC's Spring Gala!Stars of SHUFFLE ALONG, WAITRESS, THE COLOR PURPLE & More Will Take the Stage at MTC's Spring Gala!
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2016

Manhattan Theatre Club will host its annual Spring Gala on Monday, May 16 at Cipriani 42nd Street (110 East 42nd Street) honoring Marie T. Gallagher, Senior Vice President, PepsiCo, Inc. (more...)

New Musical WE ARE! to Receive Pair of Industry Workshops This SpringNew Musical WE ARE! to Receive Pair of Industry Workshops This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2016

WE ARE!, an original musical by the creators and producers of Mama, I Want To Sing, will give two industry workshop performances, on Saturday, April 30, and Saturday, June 4 at 4:30PM at the Dempsey Theater, 127 West 127 Street (between Adam Clayton Powell Blvd and Malcolm X Blvd in Harlem). (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...)

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...)

Photo Flash: MOTOWN THE MUSICAL Tour Comes to the Adrienne Arsht CenterPhoto Flash: MOTOWN THE MUSICAL Tour Comes to the Adrienne Arsht Center
by BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2016

Performances for the Miami premiere of MOTOWN THE MUSICAL begin Tuesday, February 2 for a limited one-week run through Sunday, February 7, 2016 at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County. (more...)

BWW Review: MOTOWN THE MUSICAL at SaengerBWW Review: MOTOWN THE MUSICAL at Saenger
by Tara Bennett - Jan 25, 2016

There are more than 40 songs packed into the jukebox hit machine of MOTOWN THE MUSICAL, the latest show to hit the Saenger Theatre stage. That's a lot of quarters. (more...)

Chester Gregory to Join MOTOWN THE MUSICAL Tour as Berry GordyChester Gregory to Join MOTOWN THE MUSICAL Tour as Berry Gordy
by BWW News Desk - Jan 5, 2016

Producers Kevin McCollum, Doug Morris and Berry Gordy are thrilled to announce that Broadway veteran Chester Gregory will join the First National Tour of MOTOWN THE MUSICAL in the leading role of Berry Gordy. Mr. Gregory's first performance will be tonight in Richmond, VA. (more...)

Photo Flash: MOTOWN THE MUSICAL Celebrates Opening Night at the National TheatrePhoto Flash: MOTOWN THE MUSICAL Celebrates Opening Night at the National Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2015

Producers Kevin McCollum, Doug Morris and Berry Gordy, and Broadway at the National present the Washington premiere of Motown the Musical, playing the National Theatre now through January 3, 2016. BroadwayWorld has photos from the opening night festivities, featuring Berry Gordy himself, below! (more...)

Cast Announced for MOTOWN's Engagement at National TheatreCast Announced for MOTOWN's Engagement at National Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Oct 23, 2015

Producers Kevin McCollum, Doug Morris and Berry Gordy, and Broadway at the National are proud to announce casting for the Washington premiere of Motown The Musical, playing the National Theatre December 1, 2015 thru January 3, 2016.    (more...)

BWW Reviews: High-Energy MOTOWN THE MUSICAL Entertains O.C. with Non-Stop HitsBWW Reviews: High-Energy MOTOWN THE MUSICAL Entertains O.C. with Non-Stop Hits
by Michael L. Quintos - Jun 22, 2015

For nearly three vigorous hours, MOTOWN - THE MUSICAL provides one helluva show. More like a CONCERT rather than your typical book musical, this dazzling, high-octane extravaganza of music and dance is a visual and aural feast that gamely crams in more than 60 hits from the groundbreaking record company's discography. The story---penned by Motown founder Berry Gordy himself---may be its lone weak spot, but there's no denying how fun it is to see and hear this impressive cast of quintuple-threats recreate these greatest hits live on stage. The rousingly entertaining, exuberantly-performed stage spectacular continues at Costa Mesa's Segerstrom Center for the Arts through June 28. (more...)

Photo Flash: Sneak Peek at MOTOWN THE MUSICAL, Coming to The Buell Theatre TonightPhoto Flash: Sneak Peek at MOTOWN THE MUSICAL, Coming to The Buell Theatre Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2015

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

Photo Flash: MOTOWN THE MUSICAL Comes to the Broward Center TonightPhoto Flash: MOTOWN THE MUSICAL Comes to the Broward Center Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2015

Performances for MOTOWN THE MUSICAL begin tonight, 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: 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...)

BWW REVIEW: MOTOWN Shakes the Blues in BostonBWW REVIEW: MOTOWN Shakes the Blues in Boston
by Jan Nargi - Feb 12, 2015

MOTOWN, Berry Gordy's self-aggrandizing tribute to the independent record label that fused gospel, blues, jazz, doo wop and country into a unique and wildly popular Detroit sound, is currently heating things up at the Boston Opera House through February 15. (more...)

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...)

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