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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...)

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 Interview: Lifelong Musical Influences Shape Chester Gregory's Role in MOTOWN THE MUSICALBWW Interview: Lifelong Musical Influences Shape Chester Gregory's Role in MOTOWN THE MUSICAL
by Amanda Etchison - Feb 23, 2016

For Chester Gregory, the opportunity to portray the founder of the Motown record label, Berry Gordy, was the logical next step in his personal musical journey. "A lot of work has led me to this role. So, it is like a full circle moment for me," said Gregory, who plays Gordy in "Motown the Musical," set to be performed in Columbus Tuesday through Sunday at the Ohio Theatre. (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...)

Robert Hartwell Will Launch THE BROADWAY DANCE COLLECTIVE Master Class Tour on 1/24Robert Hartwell Will Launch THE BROADWAY DANCE COLLECTIVE Master Class Tour on 1/24
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2016

Broadway veteran and Broadway Quick Change host, Robert Hartwell today announced the launch of The Broadway Dance Collective, a traveling, multi-disciplinary musical theater master class for youth. (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...)

BWW Review: MOTOWN Moves and Grooves at the National TheatreBWW Review: MOTOWN Moves and Grooves at the National Theatre
by Benjamin Tomchik - Dec 4, 2015

The ultimate question with Motown the Musical is not whether you'll like it, but how many songs it takes before you're moving and grooving in your seat at the National Theatre. With an abundance of classic hits, the answer is not too long. (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...)

Jennifer Hudson is 'Excited But Nervous' to Make Broadway Debut in THE COLOR PURPLEJennifer Hudson is 'Excited But Nervous' to Make Broadway Debut in THE COLOR PURPLE
by TV News Desk - Jul 21, 2015

Actress and singer Jennifer Hudson stopped by this morning's TODAY to chat with Kathie Lee and Hoda about moving to New York to star in the Broadway revival of THE COLOR PURPLE this fall. (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...)

BWW Reviews: The Legendary Groove Comes to Life in MOTOWN THE MUSICALBWW Reviews: The Legendary Groove Comes to Life in MOTOWN THE MUSICAL
by Ellen Dostal - May 4, 2015

Turning a profit in the theatre business is challenging at best but it isn't surprising that MOTOWN THE MUSICAL easily recouped its initial investment during its run on Broadway, or its outlay for the First National Tour, now playing at the Hollywood Pantages. The popularity of the Motown sound is undeniable. Even if you wanted to, it's impossible to keep from being carried away by the irresistible groove of the music. And why would you even want to try? (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 Coverage: Inside Greg Reuter Memorial Concert at New World StagesPhoto Coverage: Inside Greg Reuter Memorial Concert at New World Stages
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Jan 21, 2015

On Monday, January 19th at New World Stages, the Broadway community gathered to honor the late Greg Reuter. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you a look inside the concert. (more...)

VIDEO: Jennifer Hudson Performs 'I'm Here' from THE COLOR PURPLEVIDEO: Jennifer Hudson Performs 'I'm Here' from THE COLOR PURPLE
by Movies News Desk - Jan 9, 2015

Below, you can get a preview of the Oscar winner performing the show's eleven-o'clock number 'I'm Here' at the 2010 Kennedy Center Honors (more...)

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