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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...)

Photo Coverage: Casts of MOTOWN, CHICAGO & More Return to Broadway in Bryant Park!Photo Coverage: Casts of MOTOWN, CHICAGO & More Return to Broadway in Bryant Park!
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Jul 15, 2016

The best of Broadway will be performing FREE on six consecutive Thursdays this summer with '106.7 LITE FM's Broadway in Bryant Park 2016' - a lunchtime series that continued this week, July 14 on the Bryant Park Stage. Hosted by LITE FM's on-air personalities, the 16th annual presentation of open-air, On- and Off- Broadway lunch hour performances will run through Thursday, August 11. (more...)

BWW TV: Bryant Park Gets Its Groove On with the Cast of MOTOWN!BWW TV: Bryant Park Gets Its Groove On with the Cast of MOTOWN!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jul 14, 2016

In attendance today was the cast of Motown (Chester Gregory, Allison Semmes, J.J. Batteast, Elijah Ahmad Lewis, Rashad Naylor, Marq Moss, Rod Harrelson, Galen J. Williams, Jarvis B. Manning, Jr., Trisha Jeffrey,Krisha Marcano, Chante Carmel, Nik Alexander, Chadae, Julius Thomas III, Loren Lott,Ramone Owens, Olivia Puckett, Jamison Scott, Joey Stone, Martina Sykes, Anissa Felix, Talya Groves, Nicholas Ryan) who performed the songs 'I Want You Back,' 'Stop! In the Name of Love,' 'Do You Love Me,' 'Get Ready,' 'Dancing in the Street' and more. Check out highlights below! (more...)

Here They Come! Meet the Cast of MOTOWN, Returning to Broadway TonightHere They Come! Meet the Cast of MOTOWN, Returning to Broadway Tonight
by Meet the Cast - Jul 12, 2016

Motown the Musical returns to Broadway tonight, Tuesday, July 12 at The Nederlander Theatre (208 West 41Street) for a strictly limited 18-week-only engagement through Sunday, November 13, 2016. Scroll down to learn more about the company and watch highlights from the original production below! (more...)

FINDING NEVERLAND's Laura Michelle Kelly, Cast of MOTOWN & More Set for BROADWAY IN BRYANT PARK This WeekFINDING NEVERLAND's Laura Michelle Kelly, Cast of MOTOWN & More Set for BROADWAY IN BRYANT PARK This Week
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2016

The best of Broadway will be performing FREE on six consecutive Thursdays this summer with '106.7 LITE FM's Broadway in Bryant Park 2016, continuing this Thursday, July 14 (12:30pm) on the Bryant Park Stage. Hosted by LITE FM's on-air personalities, the 16th annual presentation of open-air, On- and Off- Broadway lunch hour performances will run through Thursday, August 11. This year's 106.7 LITE FM'S Broadway in Bryant Park is presented by New York-Presbyterian for Kids and TKTS Discount Ticketing Booth. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Here They Come! Meet The Cast of Broadway-Bound MOTOWNPhoto Coverage: Here They Come! Meet The Cast of Broadway-Bound MOTOWN
by Walter McBride - Jul 11, 2016

Motown the Musical returns to Broadway this summer, 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. The company just previewed the show, and you can get acquainted with the whole company below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Dancing in the Street! MOTOWN THE MUSICAL Rehearses for Broadway ReturnPhoto Coverage: Dancing in the Street! MOTOWN THE MUSICAL Rehearses for Broadway Return
by Walter McBride - Jul 9, 2016

Motown the Musical returns to Broadway this summer, 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. The company just previewed the show, and BroadwayWorld brings you photos from rehearsals below! (more...)

Photo Flash: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS Casts Reunite at Feinstein's/54 Below!Photo Flash: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS Casts Reunite at Feinstein's/54 Below!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 1, 2016

Little Shop of Horrors, the stage and screen musical that has circled the globe for over 30 years, consuming audiences with chills, thrills and laughter, arrived Monday night at Feinstein's/54Below. One unprecedented evening brought together performers from the original production through the Broadway revival for stories told, reminiscences shared, and songs sung. (more...)

BWW Review: MOTOWN Stops at the Capitol Theatre on Its Way to BroadwayBWW Review: MOTOWN Stops at the Capitol Theatre on Its Way to Broadway
by Tyler Hinton - Jun 30, 2016

The national tour stop of MOTOWN at the Capitol Theatre is another in a series of historic events for Broadway in Utah (recently dubbed Broadway at the Eccles, after its new home). Immediately following its final Salt Lake City performance, the entire production will pack up and move to the Nederlander Theatre in New York City for a limited 18-week Broadway engagement, starting July 12. This means that the performers you see here will also be starring in the show on Broadway, on the same set and wearing the same costumes. It is quite literally Broadway in Utah. (more...)

Broadway at the Cabaret - Top 5 Cabaret Picks for June 27-July 3, Featuring Rob McClure and More!Broadway at the Cabaret - Top 5 Cabaret Picks for June 27-July 3, Featuring Rob McClure and More!
by Louisa Brady - Jun 26, 2016

Broadway's 40 theatres aren't the only places to catch performances from your favorite stars! Well after Broadway orchestras begin their overtures, ensemble members take their dance breaks, and performers belt out their eleven o'clock numbers, the party continues at various cabaret venues throughout New York City. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you some cabaret highlights for this week as picked by our theatre editors, including: Little Shop of Horrors Reunion Concert; Blood Brothers in Concert; 54 Celebrates The Neil Simon Theatre; Rob McClure at 54 Below; and 54 Celebrates Prince. (more...)

Rob McClure, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS Reunion & More Set for Feinstein's/54 Below Next WeekRob McClure, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS Reunion & More Set for Feinstein's/54 Below Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2016

Next week, FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club & Private Event Destination, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com/Feinsteins or call (646) 476-3551. (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...)

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS Cast Members to Reunite at Feinstein's/54 BelowLITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS Cast Members to Reunite at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2016

"Little Shop of Horrors Reunion: Off-Broadway, Broadway and Beyond!" will take the stage in concert at Feinstein's/54Below on Mon, Jun 27: 7:00 pm / 5:15 pm and Mon, Jun 27: 9:30 pm / 8:45 pm, (more...)

BWW Review: MOTOWN at the Paramount is a Truncated, Desperately Spun DisappointmentBWW Review: MOTOWN at the Paramount is a Truncated, Desperately Spun Disappointment
by Jay Irwin - Jun 1, 2016

That old idiom, "History is written by the victors" kept ringing in my head last night as I watched the National Touring Company of "Motown: The Musical" at the Paramount Theatre. Or rather one could say, "History is written by the one telling it." This retelling of the life of Berry Gordy and his creation of Motown Records with a book written by Berry Gordy based on the autobiography by Berry Gordy comes across like a jock in the locker room bragging about all his conquests. But with such bad writing and storytelling coupled with an overabundance of half songs the show feels like a bunch of skewed half-truths and amounts to a tepid and forced evening. (more...)

Charles Busch, Lorna Luft & More Coming to Feinstein's/54 Below in JuneCharles Busch, Lorna Luft & More Coming to Feinstein's/54 Below in June
by BWW News Desk - May 31, 2016

This June, FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com/Feinsteins or call (646) 476-3551. (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...)

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...)

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