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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...)

BWW Interviews: Allison Semmes as Diana Ross in MOTOWN THE MUSICAL on TourBWW Interviews: Allison Semmes as Diana Ross in MOTOWN THE MUSICAL on Tour
by Kathy Strain - Apr 22, 2016

As MOTOWN THE MUSICAL continues to tour all over North America, the success of the show is evident. Every city has welcomed the show with open arms and enjoyed the walk down memory lane with iconic figures like Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson and Diana Ross. Allison Semmes has the privilege of being part of the touring company playing Ms. Diana Ross herself and recently shared with BWW her experiences on the road and being part of such a historic show. (more...)

Brown Fist Productions and CASA 0101 Theater to Stage EASTSIDE HEARTBEATSBrown Fist Productions and CASA 0101 Theater to Stage EASTSIDE HEARTBEATS
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2016

Boyle Heights will be the setting for a pull out all the stops Cinco de Mayo (May 5, 2016) celebration on the Eastside of Los Angeles as Brown Fist Productions in association with CASA 0101 Theater present the opening night of EASTSIDE HEARTBEATS, A New Rock 'n' Roll Musical. (more...)

BWW Review: Let CATHOLIC SCHOOL GIRLS School You!BWW Review: Let CATHOLIC SCHOOL GIRLS School You!
by Larry O'Brien - Apr 19, 2016

CATHOLIC SCHOOL GIRLS by Casey Kurtti, the current offering at 2nd Story Theatre in Warren, follows MASS APPEAL and continues the theater's exploration of the Catholic Church in the second half of the late, lamented Twentieth Century. While MASS APPEAL concentrated on the masculine side of the Church (priests and would-be priests), CATHOLIC SCHOOL GIRLS focuses on the distaff side by following the school lives of four grammar school girls and the nuns who teach them at St. George's School in Yonkers. Four actresses play the girls and each takes a turn playing a different nun. Unlike a show like NUNSENSE, which is played for laughs, Kurtti's play explores both the lighter and darker sides of the girls experience; sometimes it's funny, and sometimes it hurts. You don't have to be Catholic, but it helps. (more...)

Emily Skinner, Kyle Taylor Parker & More Set for Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma's 2016 Summer SeasonEmily Skinner, Kyle Taylor Parker & More Set for Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma's 2016 Summer Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2016

Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma announces casting and production teams for its annual summer shows, featuring new and returning national talent, including Emily Skinner, Adam Heller, Sandra Mae Frank, Trista Dollison, Kyle Taylor Parker, Jerry Jay Cranford, Martin Burke, David Coffee, Kristina Love, Monte Riegel Wheeler, Casey Elizabeth Gill, and more. All four productions- DREAMGIRLS, THE WIZARD OF OZ, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, and THE DROWSY CHAPERONE - will perform at the Civic Center Music Hall in Oklahoma City. (more...)

BWW Reviews: DREAMGIRLS at Atlanta Lyric Theater, a glittering showbiz sensationBWW Reviews: DREAMGIRLS at Atlanta Lyric Theater, a glittering showbiz sensation
by Libby Ryan - Apr 15, 2016

It's just showbiz, full of shining costumes, big breaks and betrayal. The Lyric Theater's production of DREAMGIRLS opened last weekend at the Jennie T. Anderson theater, a gorgeous musical spectacle. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Atlanta Lyric Theatre's DREAMGIRLSPhoto Flash: First Look at Atlanta Lyric Theatre's DREAMGIRLS
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2016

Get ready to step back in time to the exciting and turbulent 1960's with Atlanta Lyric Theatre's new production of DREAMGIRLS playing from now through April 24 at the Jennie T. Anderson Theatre. Don't miss the romance, the backstage drama, and the incredible music. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

HERSHEY FELDER AS IRVING BERLIN Extends Into May at Royal George TheatreHERSHEY FELDER AS IRVING BERLIN Extends Into May at Royal George Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2016

With its continuing success both nationwide and here in Chicago, the smash hit Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin is extending its return to the Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted St. Chicago, until Sunday, May 22, 2016. The Chicago presentation will immediately be followed by a special One-Night-Only New York Presentation at The Town Hall on June 6, 2016, broadcast internationally by the WFMT Radio Network with the entire Berlin family in attendance. (more...)

Opera/Pops Diva N'Kenge Debuts with Sarasota Symphony in THE BEAT GOES ONOpera/Pops Diva N'Kenge Debuts with Sarasota Symphony in THE BEAT GOES ON
by Louisa Brady - Apr 10, 2016

Master vocalist and Symphony Siren Diva N'Kenge (Motown: The Musical and Sondheim and Sondheim) is coming to Sarasota, FL for the first time debuting with conductor Jack Everly at the Sarasota Symphony for the exciting The Beat Goes On show, Friday - Saturday, April 15 - April 16, 2016 (8:00pm). (more...)

VIDEOS: Celebrate Michael Bennett's Birthday With Peeks at His Early CareerVIDEOS: Celebrate Michael Bennett's Birthday With Peeks at His Early Career
by Michael Dale - Apr 8, 2016

Before A CHORUS LINE and DREAMGIRLS, Michael Bennett got his big break dancing on the TV show Hullabaloo. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at HERSHEY FELDER AS IRVING BERLIN at Royal George TheatrePhoto Flash: First Look at HERSHEY FELDER AS IRVING BERLIN at Royal George Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2016

Continuing to break all box office records during its National Tour, the smash hit Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin is returning to Chicago for a limited, four-week engagement starting Thursday, April 7, 2016 in Felder's Chicago theatrical home, the Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted Street, Chicago. The show will run through Sunday, May 8, 2016 with a press opening on Sunday, April 10 at 2:00 p.m. The Chicago presentation will immediately be followed by a special One-Night-Only New York Presentation at The Town Hall on June 6, 2016, broadcast internationally by the WFMT Radio Network with the entire Berlin family in attendance. (more...)

Sony/ATV Promotes Jorge Mejia to President, Latin America and U.S. LatinSony/ATV Promotes Jorge Mejia to President, Latin America and U.S. Latin
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2016

Sony/ATV Music Publishing has promoted Jorge Mejia to the position of President, Latin America and U.S. Latin, based in the company's Miami office. (more...)

BWW Review: The Rep's World Premiere Sizzles in SIRENS OF SONG and Woos Women to UniteBWW Review: The Rep's World Premiere Sizzles in SIRENS OF SONG and Woos Women to Unite
by Peggy Sue Dunigan - Mar 31, 2016

Women of the World unite for Milwaukee Rep's poetic, powerful world premiere titled Sirens of Song featuring the musical history through a women's perspective sung through familiar melodies of the 20th century. While the music begins in December 1901 with the Daughters of Freedom, the Stackner Cabaret provides the ultimate setting for Scenic Designer Scott Davis' abandoned clothing shop filled with manikins dressed in period costumes-all surrounded by a grand, gilt broken picture frame where these three actors make their Rep debuts. A revue written by Kevin Ramsey and his niece Pearl Ramsey, the two collaborators weave world events through a century worth of popular music. Woo a women's heart at Milwaukee Rep's poetic, powerful world premiere titled Sirens of Song featuring  history tuned to a women's perspective and sung through familiar melodies of the 20th century. While the music begins in December 1901 with the 'Daughters of Freedom', the Stackner Cabaret provides the ultimate setting for Scenic Designer Scott Davis' abandoned clothing shop filled with manikins dressed in period costumes-all surrounded by a grand, gilt fragmented picture frame where these three actresses open their Rep debuts. A  world premiere revue written by Kevin Ramsey and his niece Pearl Ramsey, the two collaborators weave world events through a century worth of popular music. (more...)

Kamau Kenyatta Set for 'Monday Night Jazz' at North Coast Rep Next MonthKamau Kenyatta Set for 'Monday Night Jazz' at North Coast Rep Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Mar 29, 2016

Kamau Kenyatta's band will be performing romantic music by Brazilian composers including Chico Buarque, Tito Madi, Radames Gnattali & Ivan Lins as part of North Coast Repertory Theatre's Monday Night Jazz Series on the intimate mainstage Monday, April 18, 2016 at 7:30 pm. (more...)

New Jersey's Bianca Ingram Set for DANCING IN THE STREETS at NJPAC, 4/6New Jersey's Bianca Ingram Set for DANCING IN THE STREETS at NJPAC, 4/6
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2016

New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) presents Dancing In The Streets Join the best celebration of Motown's greatest songs, made famous by The Four Tops, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder and so many others, at the spectacular Dancing in the Streets.  See New Jersey's own Bianca Ingram from the Grammy Award winning family The Ingrams perform with the star winning production on Wednesday, April 6th at 8PM. Tickets for this show are available now NJPAC.org or 888.GO.NJPAC (888.466.5722)  (more...)

Monday Night Jazz Series at North Coast Rep Features Kamau Kenyatta on 4/18Monday Night Jazz Series at North Coast Rep Features Kamau Kenyatta on 4/18
by Louisa Brady - Mar 27, 2016

Kamau Kenyatta's band will be performing romantic music by Brazilian composers including Chico Buarque, Tito Madi, Radames Gnattali & Ivan Lins as part of North Coast Repertory Theatre's Monday Night Jazz Series on the intimate mainstage Monday, April 18, 2016 at 7:30 pm. (more...)

HERSHEY FELDER AS IRVING BERLIN Comes to The Town Hall This JuneHERSHEY FELDER AS IRVING BERLIN Comes to The Town Hall This June
by BWW News Desk - Mar 22, 2016

The story and music of America's Composer come to life on stage when The Town Hall presents HERSHEY FELDER AS IRVING BERLIN, a new play with music written and performed by award-winning actor and musician Hershey Felder (Broadway's George Gershwin Alone, Maestro Bernstein). Directed by Trevor Hay, HERSHEY FELDER AS IRVING BERLIN plays one night only, Monday, June 6 at 8PM at The Town Hall (123 West 43rd Street). (more...)

BWW Special: Shawn Kjos Excited by LONDON CALLING at the HarlequinBWW Special: Shawn Kjos Excited by LONDON CALLING at the Harlequin
by Backstage Bunny - Mar 21, 2016

Director Shawn Kjos is particularly excited by London Calling, his 13th original production for the Harlequin Dinner Theatre. The musical revue style show is currently playing to a packed house and runs through April 16th. The revue strings together over 50 notable hits by artists stemming from British influence including the Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac, Amy Winehouse, The Spice Girls, Petula Clark, Rod Stewart and The Beatles to name a few. (more...)

Atlanta Lyric Theatre's DREAMGIRLS to Run 4/8-24Atlanta Lyric Theatre's DREAMGIRLS to Run 4/8-24
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2016

Get ready to step back in time to the exciting and turbulent 1960's with Atlanta Lyric Theatre's new production of DREAMGIRLS playing from April 8-24 at the Jennie T. Anderson Theatre.  Don't miss the romance, the backstage drama, and the incredible music. (more...)

Bianca Ingram to Bring 'DANCING IN THE STREETS' to NJPACBianca Ingram to Bring 'DANCING IN THE STREETS' to NJPAC
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2016

New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) presents DANCING IN THE STREETS - Join the best celebration of Motown's greatest songs, made famous by The Four Tops, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder and so many others, at the spectacular Dancing in the Streets.  See New Jersey's own Bianca Ingram from the Grammy Award winning family The Ingrams perform with the star winning production on Wednesday, April 6th at 8PM. (more...)

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