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Atlantic Theater Slates 2017-18 Amplified Reading Series, Launch Writers & Tow ResidentAtlantic Theater Slates 2017-18 Amplified Reading Series, Launch Writers & Tow Resident
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2017

Atlantic Theater Company has announced its 2017-2018 Amplified Reading Series selections, presenting six bold new plays throughout Atlantic's season with an expanded rehearsal process for more meaningful engagement with the material and the playwright. (more...)

Kenneth Mosley, Trenyce, Matt Manuel and Justin Reynolds to Lead MOTOWN THE MUSICAL National Tour; Cast Complete!Kenneth Mosley, Trenyce, Matt Manuel and Justin Reynolds to Lead MOTOWN THE MUSICAL National Tour; Cast Complete!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 5, 2017

Work Light Productions has announced the complete cast for the National Tour of MOTOWN THE MUSICAL. (more...)

Flash Sale: Find Great Deals On Tickets For MOTOWN THE MUSICALFlash Sale: Find Great Deals On Tickets For MOTOWN THE MUSICAL
by BWW News Desk - Sep 1, 2017

The hit West End production of Motown the Musical features music and lyrics from the Motown catalogue and book by Motown founder Berry Gordy. It's currently playing at London's Shaftesbury Theatre - book tickets here from just £20.35! (more...)

BWW Review: MOTOWN THE MUSICAL at Starlight TheatreBWW Review: MOTOWN THE MUSICAL at Starlight Theatre
by Alan Portner - Aug 23, 2017

2013's 'Motown, The Musical' opened Tuesday night for a week's run through August 27 at Starlight Theatre inside Swope Park to a responsive, handclapping, music-swaying, delighted audience. 'Motown' is what old films might call a biopic with music. It tells the story of 'Motown' founder and owner Berry Gordy Junior and his business and personal journey through popular music based in the black experience of mid-20th Century Detroit Michigan. (more...)

Photo Flash: Mo Farah Boogies Down with MOTOWN on the West EndPhoto Flash: Mo Farah Boogies Down with MOTOWN on the West End
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2017

 Last night (21 August 2017) the legendary British athlete Mo Farah met with the West End cast of Motown the Musical having watched the hit show at the Shaftesbury Theatre.  He met with the full company of actors including Cedric Neal who plays Berry Gordy (found of the iconic record label), Lucy St Louis who plays Diana Ross and Raphael Higgins-Humes who plays Young Michael Jackson.  (more...)

The Sweet Sounds of MOTOWN The Musical Will Fill Starlight TheatreThe Sweet Sounds of MOTOWN The Musical Will Fill Starlight Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2017

Motown The Musical, the Tony Award-nominated tribute to the musical greats of the 1960s and '70s, brings its signature sound and American dream story to Starlight Theatre for six performances August 22-27. The acclaimed musical follows the true life story of Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr. on his journey from featherweight boxer to heavyweight music mogul. The man who founded Motown records in Detroit in 1959 went on to launch the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and so many more. (more...)

Review: BORN FOR THIS Boldly Reminds Us to Choose Faith and Family Over the Excesses of FameReview: BORN FOR THIS Boldly Reminds Us to Choose Faith and Family Over the Excesses of Fame
by Shari Barrett - Aug 3, 2017

Although I never watched their program, I do remember that Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker were wildly known almost as much for their outrageous personalities and sartorial style as their devotion to preaching the gospel of Jesus. It is easy to see why the pair became an unlikely surrogate family for the two teenagers from Detroit raised on that same belief, as they rapidly became the hottest stars in televangical America. But for the naive siblings, especially BeBe, it's not an easy lesson learning how to reconcile the temptations of fame and fortune with the things he ultimately values more. It's a wildy funny yet emotional journey toward self-discovery, told with great music and outstanding performances by siblings Juan Winans and Deborah Joy Winans (the children of Carvin Winans, Sr. and Deborah Winans) who portray their aunt CeCe and uncle BeBe with the utmost respect, magical stage presence, and the most amazing vocal pipes! (more...)

Tickets on Sale Friday for MOTOWN THE MUSICAL in Chicago This FallTickets on Sale Friday for MOTOWN THE MUSICAL in Chicago This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2017

Broadway In Chicago and Producers Kevin McCollum, Doug Morris and Motown Founder Berry Gordy are delighted to announce that individual tickets for the return of MOTOWN THE MUSICAL will go on sale on Friday, July 28, 2017. (more...)

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL Now Booking in the West End to January 2019MOTOWN THE MUSICAL Now Booking in the West End to January 2019
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2017

Motown the Musical has just released 500,000 new tickets for sale, taking bookings for the hit West End production into 2019 when the show will celebrate its third year in London and Motown will celebrate sixty years since the record company was founded.  (more...)

BWW Interview: Producer Kevin McCollum of MOTOWN THE MUSICALBWW Interview: Producer Kevin McCollum of MOTOWN THE MUSICAL
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - Jul 13, 2017

Kevin McCollum produced some of Broadway's biggest shows, including MOTOWN THE MUSICAL, playing now in Minneapolis. Read along with my engaging conversation with him and learn some tidbits about an upcoming project and what drives his storytelling. (more...)

BWW Interview: BeBe Winans Talks BORN FOR THIS at The Broad StageBWW Interview: BeBe Winans Talks BORN FOR THIS at The Broad Stage
by Don Grigware - Jun 29, 2017

Benjamin, 'BeBe' Winans, six-time Grammy Award winner, is the seventh child and youngest male of the the Detroit based first family of gospel music. BeBe is known as an inspirational, R&B, and popular vocalist, songwriter, and producer as well as an Executive Music Producer for the OWN Network's latest scripted series, 'Greenleaf'; host of his own radio show on the Heart & Soul Channel (68) on Sirius/XM Radio Networks on Sunday Mornings (9am ET/7am PT); renowned as the breakthrough artist to bridge the language of his roots in the church with a chart-topping, Award-winning career spanning audiences universally throughout all genres; author; Actor in motion pictures including friend Denzel Washington's,'The Manchurian Candidate'; and star of productions like Broadway's Oprah Winfrey Presents The Color Purple with Chaka Khan amongst his credits. Teaming with his younger sister, Priscilla 'CeCe', the duo first began crossing lines as 'adopted children' of Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker on the PTL television show. Their first tour, on which Whitney Houston proclaimed herself their 'sister' and sang background for the siblings, set the tone for a very special career.  (more...)

Mixed Reality Artist Patty Rangel Named Arena Stage's 2017-18 Resident ArtistMixed Reality Artist Patty Rangel Named Arena Stage's 2017-18 Resident Artist
by BWW News Desk - Jun 28, 2017

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater announces Patty Rangel, a mixed reality artist, holographer, producer and experience designer specializing in exponential technologies, as the company's next resident artist for the 2017/18 season. (more...)

Photo Flash: The Jacksons Join the West End Cast of MOTOWN THE MUSICAL on StagePhoto Flash: The Jacksons Join the West End Cast of MOTOWN THE MUSICAL on Stage
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2017

Last night (15 June 2017) at the Shaftesbury Theatre Jackie and Tito Jackson surprised the audience as they joined the cast of Motown the Musical after a performance of the West End hit production. (more...)

Pittsburgh Symphony's PNC Pops Season to Close with 'ELLA & LOUIS'Pittsburgh Symphony's PNC Pops Season to Close with 'ELLA & LOUIS'
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2017

It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing —the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and guest conductor Lawrence Loh celebrate the music of Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong during the final weekend of the 2016-2017 PNC Pops season on June 16-18 at Heinz Hall. (more...)

2nd Annual Columbia@Roundabout New Play Reading Series Announced2nd Annual Columbia@Roundabout New Play Reading Series Announced
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2017

Roundabout Theatre Company and Columbia University School of the Arts have announced the winners of Columbia@Roundabout's 2017 New Play Reading Series. (more...)

BWW Review: MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is a Groovy Good Time at The Landmark TheatreBWW Review: MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is a Groovy Good Time at The Landmark Theatre
by Natasha Ashley - May 17, 2017

The U.S. tour of Motown the Musical is lighting up the stage at Syracuse, New York's Landmark Theatre. The jukebox musical based on Berry Gordy's (book) autobiography To Be Loved: The Music, The Magic, The Memories of Motown features familiar music and lyrics from the legendary Motown catalog and focuses on the Motown greats like Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and many more. The cast under the direction of Charles Randolph-Wright has the energy, confidence, and amazing vocals to fully embody these legendary musicians. (more...)

Scalia Drama THE ORIGINALIST to Return to Arena Stage This JulyScalia Drama THE ORIGINALIST to Return to Arena Stage This July
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2017

Fresh off a cross-country tour, John Strand's critically-acclaimed political drama The Originalist, based on the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, returns to Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater under the direction of Artistic Director Molly Smith. (more...)

OriginKC: New Works Festival to Welcome Major Artistic Leaders for Festival WeekendOriginKC: New Works Festival to Welcome Major Artistic Leaders for Festival Weekend
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2017

Kansas City Repertory Theatre elevates its profile in the national theatre community with the second annual OriginKC: NEW WORKS FESTIVAL. In addition to a striking lineup of playwrights and directors for this year's festival, an impressive list of arts leaders from preeminent regional theaters across the country will be attending the Festival Weekend, May 12-13.  (more...)

Actor's Express to Stage FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS (PARTS 1, 2 & 3)Actor's Express to Stage FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS (PARTS 1, 2 & 3)
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2017

Actor's Express stages Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks' Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3) May 13-June 11, 2017. (more...)

Announcing BeBe Winans' BORN FOR THIS at The Broad StageAnnouncing BeBe Winans' BORN FOR THIS at The Broad Stage
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2017

The Eli and Edythe Broad Stage in Santa Monica presents Born for This July 11 through August 6 (press opening on July 20).  Kicking off The Broad Stage's 2017-18 Theatre Season, this new musical features original music by six time GRAMMY Award-winning artist BeBe Winans, book by Charles Randolph-Wright and BeBe Winans, and is directed by Randolph-Wright (director of the Broadway and West End runaway hit Motown: The Musical).    (more...)

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