Tickets For The West End Opening Of Motown The Music On Sale Today

Sources: Broadway World | All Things Michael

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Tickets for the West End production of Motown the Musical,opening at the Shaftesbury Theatre in February 2016, are released for sale today (15 May 2015). With music and lyrics from the legendary Motown catalogue and book by Motown founder Berry Gordy, Motown the Musical is directed by Charles Randolph-Wright. London previews will begin on 11 February 2016 with press night on 8 March 2016 with the show booking to 22 October 2016. Casting and further information about Motown the Musical will be released shortly.

Berry Gordy said: “I am thrilled to be bringing Motown back to the UK fifty years after our first visit back in 1965 when Diana Ross and The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas and I came to London for our very first UK tour. Half a century later we are delighted to be returning, this time bringing our story and the Motown sound on stage at the Shaftesbury Theatre in the legendary West End.”

With just $800 borrowed from his family, Motown founder Berry Gordy, goes from featherweight boxer to heavyweight music mogul, discovering and launching the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and many more. Motown The Musical uncovers the true story of the legendary record label that changed music history and created the soundtrack of a generation.

 

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The Charlotte Symphony Will Include KOP Medley For This Years’ Annual “Celebrate America!” Tribute Concerts

Sources: All Things Michael |The Charlotte Symphony

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The 2015 Charlotte Symphony Summer Pops series brings the music of John Philip Sousa, Stephen Foster, Irving Berlin and Michael Jackson for its outdoor Celebrate America tribute concerts on July 1-3.

Led by conductor Albert-George Schram, the show will also feature patriotic songs and a salute to United States armed forces. See the musical line up below:

KIRKLAND Patriotic Overture
KEY/arr Ochoa Star Spangled Banner
BERLIN/arr. Healey God Bless America
SOUSA Hail to the Spirit of Liberty
TRADITIONAL A Salute to the Armed Services
BATES/arr. D’Angelo America the Beautiful
CURIALE Call of the Mountain
FOSTER/arr. Wendel Stephen Foster Overture
VARIOUS/arr. Wendel Back to the Fifties
JACKSON/arr. Vanacore King of Pop Medley
SOUSA Liberty Bell
GROFE Ode to the Star Spangled Banner

The gates at Symphony Park open at 5 p.m., so picnickers can settle in. Prelude performances begin at 7; the Charlotte Symphony performs at 8:15. Tickets for the July concerts are $16. (The extra $4 buys you fireworks.) Season passes for all summer programs are $48, and prices include state taxes.

For details, call 704-372-2000 or visit charlottesymphony.org.

University of Arkansas For Medical Sciences Salutes King of Pop And Raises $53,000 For Cancer Research

Sources: NWA Online – By Helaine R. Williams| All Things Michael

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“Party like a rock star” is a popular catchphrase. Well, guests of RockStar Lounge took it literally. Not that they weren’t encouraged by organizers, who describe this happening as “a rock ‘n’ roll event where ‘groupies’ of the [University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences] Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute ‘band’ together to raise ‘fans and funds’ for cancer research.”

The sixth annual RockStar Lounge took place April 17 amid an intriguing backdrop … barrels of maturing whiskey at Rock Town Distillery in Little Rock. Guests were encouraged to wear their “best concert chic rock-star attire.”

The “rock star” highlighted this year was the late King of Pop himself … Michael Jackson, whose ’80s-era silver, glittery glove was duplicated in a wearable party favor given to each guest. Refreshments consisted of food-truck fare from Waffle Wagon, Loblolly Creamery, Southern Salt Co. and Hot Rod Wieners. Representatives from Delete Blood Cancer showed up to sign up potential bone marrow donors.

Featured entertainment was by the renowned Who’s Bad, the Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Band. Two “Michaels” — the physically and vocally skilled Joseph Bell and Taalib York — kept the concert flowing continuously with dizzying, infectious performances of a bevy of Jackson hits, including “Thriller,” “Beat It,” “Billy Jean” and “Man in the Mirror.” Big screens blasted bits and pieces of Michael Jackson videos. After the concert, disc and video jockey G-Force kept partygoers moving with a mix of dance-able hits.

RockStar Lounge rocked in more than $53,000, which will be used for cancer research, according to Catherine Tapp, director of special events for the institute. Specifically, it’s used for Seeds of Science grants of $10,000 each to the winning applicants. More than $100,000 worth of this seed money — all of which stays in the state — has been distributed thus far, Tapp says.

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Michael Jackson Laser Light Show To Be Held At The University Of Wyoming

Sources: University of Wyoming | All Things Michael

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The University of Wyoming will feature the planetarium show, “This Month’s Sky” on Friday May 1, at 7 pm at the Harry C. Vaughan University of Wyoming Planetarium. If you are into stargazing, then this a wonderful opportunity to discover which constellations and planets will be shining this month and how to find them.  We may even be able to find some hidden cosmic treasure! A Michael Jackson laser show follows at 8:20 p.m.

Tickets cost $2 for students and $3 for non students. Children under 5 are free. Tickets can also be purchased online. Please note that all online tickets are $3, but kids under 5 are still free. Tickets can be picked up at the door 15 minutes prior to the show. Click here to buy tickets online. Please call 307-766-6150 or email physics@uwyo.edu for more information or to set up a show.

The University of Wyoming Harry C. Vaughan Planetarium is located in the basement of the Physical Science building. Advance tickets are available in Room 204 of the Physical Sciences Building. Enter the Physical Science building at the SW entrance, go down the stairs and follow the signs pointing to the planetarium. Physical Science is located at D 10 in the map below.

University of Wyoming map: http://www.uwyo.edu/uw/tour/_files/docs/uw-laramie-campus.pdf

For parking information please contact Transit and Parking Service at 307-766-9800 or visit their webpage at:

http://www.uwyo.edu/tap/parking/parkingoptions.html

Doors open 20 minutes before show.

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Black Or White: Central Wyoming Skating Association Spring Show Features The Music Of Michael Jackson

Sources: Oil City | kcwy13.com | All Things Michael

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(Casper, Wyo.) – “It don’t matter if you’re black or white…“-Michael Jackson.

Join the Central Wyoming Skating Association and World Champion Pair Skaters, Anita Hartshorn and Frank Sweiding as they pay tribute to,” The King of Pop Michael Jackson and the Jackson Five”!

On Saturday, May 2nd at 6pm, for the 18th Annual Spring Figure Skating Show! Doors open at 5PM

Thirty-eight local skaters ranging in age from 5- 55 plus will skate at the Casper Ice Arena.

For ticket information see the flyer above or contact the Central Wyoming Skating Association at (307)-262-1759.

Location: Casper Ice Arena 1801 East 4th Street Casper, WY 82601

Tickets $10 Adults $5 Children ages 5-12.

 

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Reed Shannon Talks Motown The Musical

Sources: Broadway World | All Things Michael

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Actor Reed Shannon is currently on tour with Motown the Musical playing Young  Berry Gordy, Stevie Wonder, and Michael Jackson. In our chat he talks about preparing for these roles and his young theatre life so far.

Unbelievable! You are playing  Berry Gordy, Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson when they were young like you. How difficult is it for you to differenciate between the 3 boys? What do you have to do physically and mentally to portray them? Did you watch tapes or listen to CDs to get the voices just right? I know Jackson performed young but I’m not sure about Little  Stevie Wonder.

I have been playing the roles of Little Berry Gordy, Little Stevie Wonder, and Little Michael Jackson since April of 2014, which has been an awesome experience! I watched and still watch YouTube videos about each of these icons. I do not have videos of Mr. Gordy as a child, but I have spent some time with him and have read about him, and he has told me how Stevie and Michael were as kids. For the Stevie role I close my eyes and imagine not being able to see, and really use my sense of hearing every time I perform, and for the Michael Jackson role, I put myself in the mind set of auditioning as a younger child and really trying to show Mr. Gordy that I can perform for the whole world!

Did you know about these people before you became involved in this show? Had you heard Stevie Wonder sing? I’m sure you heard Michael Jackson. Talks about this.

I listened to young and older Michael Jackson before I was cast in Motown, and just a little bit of Stevie Wonder. Since landing the role, I have tried to listen to everything I can that each of them has written and produced! I believe their music has such a great message that if people take it in, it could change the world and help some of the problems in society.

What songs do you perform in Motown?

“Hey Joe (Black Like Me)”, “I Got the Feeling”,”Who’s Loving You”,”The Love You Save”,”ABC”

“I Want You Back”, and “I’ll Be There.”

How old are you? What is your experience onstage before Motown? Be specific!

Fourteen. I was trained to sing, act, and dance at NC Theatre Conservatory and my biggest roles were Gavroche inLes Miserables (regionally), and I was a work house boy in !Oliver, and also I performed as Sonny in In the Heights, and as the Youngest Tommy in The Who’s Tommy. I also had roles at my charter school in Peter Pan, School House Rock, and I was Mr. Bill the Candy Store owner and got to sing Candy Man (like Sammy Davis, Jr.), in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!

Which character is the hardest for you to play? Which is the easiest? Why?

Stevie Wonder is the easiest to play, since there are just a few lines, and it is mostly acting, and the Little MJ role is the hardest, because there is so much precision dancing and singing at the same time.

How do you prepare before each show? Do you do something special before you go onstage besides vocal warmup?

I always try to get a 45 minute nap, then drink some tea with honey, get something healthy to eat like a salad, maybe play some jokes on my parents or cast mates, then put some good motivation music in my ears!

 

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Motown The Musical Is Coming To Washington DC

Sources: The National Theatre | All Things Michael

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It began as one man’s story… became everyone’s music… and is now Broadway’s musical. Motown The Musical is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and many more.

Motown shattered barriers, shaped our lives and made us all move to the same beat. Featuring classic songs such as “My Girl” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” experience the story behind the music in the record-breaking smash hit Motown The Musical!

For more information on Motown, click here.

DATES: December 1, 2015 –  January 3, 2016

Show Run Time2 hours 40 minutes including intermission.

Where: The National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004

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Motown The Musical Will Move Into Memphis’ Theater in London’s West End in Spring 2016

Sources: Broadway.com –  By Imogen Lloyd Webber| All Things Michael

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Hail to the beat! The previously reported London production ofMotown The Musical will open at the Shaftesbury Theatre in London’s West End in March 2016. According to the Daily Mail, the venue’s current occupant, Memphis, is currently expected to close in October.

Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright and featuring a book by Motown founder Berry Gordy, Motown The Musical‘s score includes over 50 beloved hits from the Motown catalogue. The show tells the story of Gordy’s rise from small-town dreamer to big-time record mogul. Along the way, he discovers a slew of musical talent including Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson and the legendary Diana Ross, with whom he sparks a romance.

The Broadway production played its final performance on January 18 at the Lunt Fontanne Theatre to make way for Finding Neverland.Motown intends to return to the Great White Way in summer 2016 at a Nederlander theater to be announced.

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