MOTOWN National Tour Will Hold Open Auditions In Cincinnati

Sources: Broadway World | All Things Michael

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Producers Kevin McCollum, Doug Morris and Berry Gordy are pleased to announce an open call casting search for African-American singers for both the Broadway production of MOTOWN THE MUSICAL and the national tour, with an opportunity to audition at the Aronoff Center in Cincinnati, Ohio on Wednesday, September 16.

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is seeking African-American men and women, ages 20s-40s, with exceptional voices. Also seeking an African-American boy, age 8 to 13, to play young Michael Jackson / Berry Gordy / Stevie Wonder. No prior theater experience is necessary.

All candidates must have amazing soulful voices to play different performers from Motown history. All vocal parts are encouraged to attend.


Date: Wednesday, September 16

Time: 9:00 AM ET – 12:00 PM ET (sign-in begins at 8:30 AM ET)

Location: Fifth Third Bank Theatre at the Aronoff Center, 650 Walnut Street, Cincinnati. Entrance located at the SW corner of 7th and Main Streets downtown

What to Bring

1. Bring sheet music for a song of choice from the Motown songbook that best features vocal range.

2. Bring a picture and resume including contact information (cell phone, email) stapled together. A recent snapshot is sufficient in the absence of a formal headshot. An accompanist will be provided.

For more information on the open call auditions visit:

For details about what to bring and what to prepare, email

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is playing the Aronoff Center through September 20: Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30PM, Friday at 8:00PM, Saturday at 2:00PM and 8:00PM and Sunday at 1:00PM and 6:30PM. Tickets for MOTOWN THE MUSICAL start at $29. They are available at the Aronoff Center Box Office downtown at 650 Walnut Street, online at or by phone at 513.621.ARTS. For groups of 10 or more, contact the group sales department at 513.369.4363. Performance schedule, prices and cast are subject to change without notice. For more information, please visit


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The Legends of Motown Come To White Plains

Sources: Hudson Valley News Network – By Kathy Welsh| All Things Michael


White Plains, NY – Enjoy Yourself & Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground) with two of Motown’s greatest super groups THE JACKSONS and the Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards, Sept. 17th, 7:30 pm,  at The Westchester County Center, 198 Central Avenue in White Plains.

Consisting of original members Jermaine Jackson, Tito Jackson, Jackie Jackson and Marlon Jackson, THE JACKSONS put on an amazing show that includes their mega-hits as well as hits made famous by the late Michael Jackson. This energetic show consists of their famous dance moves and costumes, and their performance is both exciting and poignant as it includes video footage and retrospectives of Michael and his world-wide appeal as the greatest entertainer of all time.

THE JACKSONS is an opportunity to witness live the re-formation of one of the greatest Pop and Motown super groups in the history of music as they perform songs such as “ABC”, “I Want You Back”, “I’ll Be There”, “Blame It On The Boogie”, “Can You Feel It”, “Never Can Say Goodbye”, “Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground)”, and songs by Michael “Wanna Be Startin’ Something”, “Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough”, “Rock With You” and more.

Dennis Edwards continues to entice the hearts of old-school music lovers and pop listeners.  Dennis, one of the last surviving members of “The Temptations,” replaced lead singer David Ruffin in 1968.


His legendary entrance in the group brought major success and produced such hits as “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone, Memories, Ball of Confusion, Psychedelic Shack, Can’t Get Next to You,” and many more.

Tickets are $97, $87, and $57 and can be purchased in person at the County Center box office, Mon-Fri. 9a-5p & Sat. 9a-4p. For info please call 914-995-4050.

Online at* or via Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000*

*Additional fees apply


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CFCArts Symphony Orchestra Will Present Thriller Tribute This Fall

Sources: Central Florida Community Arts | All Things Michael


Spooky classics and unexpected songs perfect for the season.

This Fall, we invite you to join the CFCArts Symphony Orchestra for a thrilling, chilling good time! Featuring pulse-pounding music ranging from The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and Night on Bald Mountain to Grim Grinning Ghosts and a thrilling Michael Jackson tribute, this will be the perfect soundtrack to your October adventures. Don’t miss this chance to hear Central Florida’s largest and most exciting symphony orchestra perform beloved classics and Halloween hits in ways you’ve never imagined!

Thriller will be performed at Calvary Assembly, 1199 Clay St. Winter Park, FL 32789, at 8:00pm on Friday, October 23 and Saturday, October 24. General Admission tickets are $10 each, and children age 12 and under will be admitted for free.

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MJ Tribute Band Foreverland To Perform At Monteray’s Independence’s Day Celebration

Sources: Monterey County Weekly – By Adam Joseph | All Things Michael


Monterey has a new Independence Day tradition that’s as explosive as fireworks: a 14-piece Michael Jackson celebration. Last year, tribute group Foreverland tore through epic renditions of the King of Pop’s biggest hits, from “Billie Jean” to “Beat It.” This year, the MJ big band returns to Monterey’s Fourth of July celebration at Colton Hall.

Here’s more about Foreverland, plus some other options for good listening on Independence Day:

In 2004, Foreverland singer Lisa Leuschner competed on American Idol. Judge Randy Jackson said she had the best voice in the competition that season. Though she didn’t make the finals, she still views the experience as a win, because it inspired her to improve, and to make music her full-time career. Also, being one of the final 14 on Idol foreshadowed Leuschner’s future role in the 14-piece Foreverland.

But the group wasn’t always massive. The outfit began as a foursome, before the original members decided to recreate Jackson’s music without any pre-recordings or samples. Now Foreverland has the resources to tackle the icon’s vast repertoire, from the Halloween-inspired favorite “Thriller” to the mellow ballad “Rock with You” to the old-school Jackson 5 catalog.

“We’re not an impersonation of Michael Jackson’s music,” says Foreverland singer Lisa Leuschner. “We’re a celebration.”

Before Foreverland’s 3pm spectacle, the music kicks off at 11am with the 2015 Monterey County High School Battle of the Bands winner Operation Rock, who unload a mix of blues-rock originals and classic rock covers. At noon, Pop Fiction! unleashes a set spanning six decades of popular rock, R&B and dance music. Locked-N-Loaded follow at 1:30pm with country hits, ranging from Patsy to Merle.


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Michael Jackson Tribute For Special Olympics

Sources: Big Bear Grizzly | All Things Michael


“Who’s Bad,” a Michael Jackson tribute band, performs in Big Bear Lake Saturday, June 27, at The Cave. Tickets range from $21 to $36 with $5 from each ticket going to Big Bear Lake’s Special Olympics World Games Host Town Program.

The longest-running Michael Jackson tribute band has been touring nationally and internationally for more than 10 years sharing stages with Aretha Franklin, The Backstreet Boys, The Four Tops, Boys II Men, and hip hop superstar Pitbull among others.

As a Host Town for the World Games Big Bear Lake will play host to three delegations, which include Special Olympics athletes and coaches from Chile, Luxembourg and Montenegro.

The delegations will spend July 21-24 in and around Big Bear Lake as they become acclimated to the time zone, enjoy activities that Big Bear Lake has to offer and prepare to compete.

The community is invited to meet the athletes and participate with them in the evening events during their stay, which includes an outdoor World Games Fiesta de Big Bear at Sonora Cantina July 22 and a World Games Big Bear Dance Party July 23 at the Bear Cave Entertainment Center at Bear Creek Resort.  Plans are also in the works for a procession through town on July 24 as the athletes depart for the Games.

To donate directly to the Big Bear Lake Host Town Program, visit: Special Olympic LA 2015

The Cave is at 40789 Village Drive, Big Bear Lake. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and music begins at 7 p.m.

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‘Motown’ Will Come To Costa Mesa

Sources: OCRegister – Jackie Moe | All Things Michael


As soul singer Marvin Gaye puts it: “Ain’t nothing like the real thing.” This may be true, but “Motown the Musical” may be a close second.

Paying tribute to the life and legacy of Motown founder Berry Gordy, the first national tour of the Broadway hit production “Motown the Musical” will make its way to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts for 16 shows in 10 days, starting Tuesday. The musical is fresh off engagements at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood and San Diego Civic Center.

The show tells the story of the groundbreaking label that began in Detroit as a small independent company and grew into a multi-million-dollar empire that launched a plethora of music superstars. The 85-year-old Gordy did not take a backseat in the musical production; in addition to being a co-producer of the play that is based on his autobiography, he also co-wrote three new songs for the piece.

Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, the show features more than 40 classic hits performed by actors that are nearly indistinguishable in appearance from the real artists.

“Gordy has always been a hero and an idol of mine, so working with him has been extraordinary because I had the chance to hear about his journey through him,” said Randolph-Wright in a recent phone interview, “As a director, I am supposed to take the writer’s words and his journey and put it on stage, so that was very exciting for me to be able to tell the story that he wanted and to see him so thrilled by it.”

The musical spans six decades of Motown history, chronicling Gordy’s journey that includes the highs and lows of what he went through to build a new culture of music in times of harsh racial segregation.

“There’s a moment when Martin Luther King is killed and the song ‘What’s Going On?’ articulates that better than anything you can imagine. Watching this young cast perform this really resonates,” Randolph-Wright said.

“There are also points that are more joyous. When Michael Jackson comes onstage, the roof blows off the theater. I’ve never seen that before; no matter what city we’re in, there’s no way you can be quiet when that happens.”

The audience will hear hits such as “Dancing in the Street,” “I Heard It Through The Grapevine,” “My Girl” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.” Music icons including Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, the Temptations, Diana Ross and Michael Jackson have their own time in the spotlight as their stories are told through their music…..


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

Sources: Broadway World | All Things Michael


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


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