BREAKING NEWS: MOTOWN Will Conclude Broadway Run Early on July 31

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THIS JUST IN: 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.

The Motown the Musical producers said, “We promised that the hit show would return to New York following the profitable engagement that finished on Broadway in January 2015. Now, after the launch of a record-breaking London company and a hugely successful, sold-out First National Tour, we are delighted that this amazing company of actors and musicians has been able to bring the production full circle back to Broadway where the production began, for the final stop of the tour.”

Motown The Musical features the music of the legendary Motown catalogue and a book by Berry Gordy, stars Chester Gregory as Berry Gordy, Allison Semmes as Diana Ross,Jesse Nager as Smokey Robinson, Jarran Muse as Marvin Gaye, and J.J. Batteast and Leon Outlaw, Jr. as Young Berry Gordy/Stevie Wonder/Michael Jackson.

Motown The Musical concluded its original world premiere Broadway engagement in January 2015 following 775 performances at The Lunt Fontanne Theatre.

The first National Tour opened to critical acclaim in Chicago in April 2014, and played a standing room only sixteen-week run before going on to break box office records and receive rave reviews in major cities across the country for the last three years and over 900 performances.

The London production of Motown the Musical opened in February to critical acclaim and has extended into 2017 at The Shaftsbury Theatre. In only three short years since its first performance, Motown the Musical has already, around the world, grossed over $300 million at the box office and sold 2.5 million tickets.

Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, Motown the Musical is the real story of the one-of-a-kind sound that hit the airwaves in 1959 and changed our culture forever. This exhilarating show charts Motown Founder Berry Gordy’s incredible journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, The Supremes, Michael Jackson and The Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations and many more.

Motown The Musical is produced by Kevin McCollum, Doug Morris and Berry Gordy.

Tickets for Motown the Musical can be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling Ticketmaster at 877-250-2929.

 

Read more at Broadway World

Get Your Exercise On With Soulcycle – JANET VS. MICHAEL

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It’s a battle between pop legends at SoulCycle  on Friday April 22nd at 12:30PM for the Janet Jackson vs. Michael Jackson ride!

Wayne will be leading this sassy ride that’s sure to get you sweating and singing out loud!  Bikes can be booked online at www.soul-cycle.com. via the SoulCycle app, or by calling SoulCycle at (202) 332-7685

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Location: SoulCycle at 14th & U

1935 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

See map: Google Maps

 

Michael Jackson Figure On Display At Mother’s Wax Museum In New Town

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After seeing statues of Mahatma Gandhi, Rabindranath Tagore, Maradona, Ramkrishna Paramhansa, Mother Teresa, Amitabh Bachchan and many others, visitors to Mother’s Wax Museum in New Town will be able to see a statue of pop icon Michael Jackson.

In addition, they will also be able to see statues of various Hollywood stars like Angelina Jolie, who is a familiar face in India. These would become possible after the museum undergoes an expansion.

Hidco authorities have decided to add 12,000 square feet to the existing museum. The tender process is over and work has already begun. If things go as per planned, then the phase II of the museum will be completed and commissioned in six months from now.

The existing wax museum is also spread across 12,000 square feet and is located on the sixth floor of the Finance Centre building which is located opposite Eco Park.

The phase 2 of the museum will be located a floor below the existing museum. After expansion, the museum will have a total area of 24,000 square feet. Besides Hollywood stars, the expanded museum will have a place dedicated to statues of well-known personalities of the West.

In addition, the new museum will also have a children’s zone, a fun area, Limca Book of Records and light zones.

“The construction work began on Monday. We will have a lot of surprises for children in the zone,” Debashis Sen, chairman of Hidco, said.

“Not everything in the children zone will be made of wax,” he said. The chairman did not want to disclose names of other Hollywood stars whose statues would feature in the Limca Book of records zone.

The museum was inaugurated by chief minister Mamata Banerjee on November 10, 2014. Since then, the museum has recorded a two lakh footfall till date. The country’s first wax museum, it has statues of famous personalities on the lines of Madame Tussauds wax museum in London. The museum gained immense popularity along with the Eco Park.

Read more here

 

Sources: Hindustan | All Things Michael

MICHAEL JACKSON’S JOURNEY FROM MOTOWN TO OFF THE WALL TO BE SHOWN AT FREEP FILM FESTIVAL

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The Freep Film Festival is back for 2016! The documentary-focused event, which is produced by the Free Press and Michigan.com, will be held March 31-April 3. The festival’s programming will lean heavily on movies with strong connections to Detroit and Michigan in the hopes of fostering engagement and discussion about the issues and challenges we face while at the same time celebrating what makes us unique.

The event’s venue partners are the Fillmore Detroit, the Detroit Film Theatre at the Detroit Institute of Arts, Cinema Detroit, the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit and the Elizabeth Theater at the Park Bar.

MICHAEL JACKSON’S JOURNEY FROM MOTOWN TO OFF THE WALL

Michael Jackson makes his mark with his first solo album as an adult: “Off The Wall.” But to tell the story of this album you have to go back to the beginning. This film, directed by Spike Lee, starts with a glimpse into Michael’s evolution from the early days as a member of the Jackson Five to the point Michael decides it is finally time to release his first solo album — featuring his own music and with him having ultimate creative control. Lee then offers an in-depth look at each of the tracks on this seminal album, the cultural significance of “Off The Wall” and the impact it continues to have on today’s artists. The individuals interviewed for the documentary include some of today’s most important artists, including John Legend, Pharrell Williams, The Weeknd and Mark Ronson, as well as other cultural icons, such as Lee Daniels, Misty Copeland, Kobe Bryant, L.A. Reid, and Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr. It is clear that the influence of The King of Pop and “Off The Wall” continue to be felt today.

7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 2, at the Marvin and Betty Danto Lecture Hall at the DIA. (Buy Tickets Here)

11:45 a.m. Sunday, April 3, at Emagine Theatres Royal Oak (Buy Tickets Here)

For more information, visit Freep Film Festival.

Motown Sound Comes To London Stage In West End musical

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From “My Girl” to “What’s Going On”, Motown hits come alive on the London stage in a West End musical looking at the life of the record label’s founder Berry Gordy.

“Motown The Musical”, which made its debut on Broadway in 2013 and premiered in the British capital on Tuesday night, features more than 40 singles from the famed Motown catalog.

It traces Gordy’s rise from a young boxing fan and auto worker in Detroit to a celebrated song maker who turned Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, and The Jackson 5 into music stars, starting out with an $800 loan from his family.

“We have a love affair with the UK. I mean we’ve had it since 1964 … they [British fans] understand our music, they understand us,” Gordy told Reuters, when asked about Motown’s appeal across the Atlantic.

“UK is fabulous, we have so many great memories here.”

Gordy, 86, was accompanied by Robinson to the London premiere, and both received a standing ovation from the audience at curtain call.

Asked what was the secret behind Motown’s success, Gordy said: “Probably love … and great poetry and music by this guy right here,” pointing to Robinson.

From rhythm and blues, soul music as well as pop later on, the Motown Sound features a string of popular hits made famous by the label’s African-American stars, who also influenced U.S. culture during the civil rights era with their songs.

On Broadway, the musical opened to strong box office sales and got four Tony Award nominations. The London show is taking bookings to February 2017.

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Sources: Reuters | All Things Michael

Deer Valley Music Festival And The Utah Symphony Orchestra Presents Rock On! Hits From The 70s And 80s

The 2016 Deer Valley Music Festival in Park City will conduct a six-week music festival, which begins on July 2nd through August 6th. The festival will commence on the main stage at Deer Valley’s Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater and four chamber concerts at St. Mary’s Church. The Utah Symphony Orchestra will collaborate with some performance featuring classic rock, country, show tunes, pop, jazz, chamber and classical music.

On Friday, July 8th, Randall Craig Fleischer will conduct the Utah Symphony in “Rock On!” Hit songs from the ’70s and ’80s. Morgan James,
LaKisha Jones and Rob Evan are the vocalists for the evening.

The concert will feature music from Bruce Springsteen, Cyndi Lauper, the Eagles, Whitney Houston, Dusty Springfield, Chicago, Aretha Franklin, Heart, Diana Ross, Queen, the Bee Gees, Donna Summer, Led Zeppelin, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Aerosmith, Journey and Elton John.

For tickets and more information, visit deervalleymusicfestival.org

 

Moonwalker Funhouse And Neverland Rides At Holtsville Carnival

The Holtsville California Chamber of Commerce will host its 69th Carrot Festival on January 29th- 7th. The Carrot Festival Midway Carnival will start on February 4th and will be held on Holt & 6th Street

Butler Amusements will feature several of its large inventory of amusement park rides for all ages, which includes some Michael Jackson related rides featured below:

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The Moonwalker Funhouse takes you on a musical journey of epic proportions. This Michael Jackson themed walk-through attraction is a thrilling trip through a maze of unusual sights and sounds inside and out. The Moonwalker Funhouse is an eye-catching show, complete with Michael Jackson music, lights and picturesque scenery! Day or night, Moonwalker will prove to be a favorite of funhouse enthusiasts.

Balloon Samba from Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch

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The Balloon Samba operated at Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch and was acquired by Butler Amusements in 2008. Manufactured in Italy, this kids ride features hot air balloon carriages and is truly a marvel to look at. The bright lights make it especially magnificent to look at during the evening. The Balloon Samba seats 32 children in 6 air balloons. Fluffy white cloud cut-outs and bright, smiling suns grace the safety barrier and give kids the illusion of floating up in the sky.

Dragon Wagon from Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch

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The Dragon Wagon is a kid size coaster. Riders travel in an undulating circle around a raised track. The coaster cars are themed like a dragon and each section of its body hold two passengers.

See Carnival times and dates below:

February 4 – 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m

February 5 – 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m

February 6 – 12:00 noon to 11:00 p.m

February 7 – Begins at 11:00 am, no end time listed.

Sources: All Things Michael | Holtsville Chamber of Commerce

New Years Firework Show In Vegas Will Feature The Music Of Michael, Bruno, Frank And More

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The 8-minute-and-18-second fireworks salute to the end of 2015 and the welcome to 2016 on the Las Vegas Strip has taken a full year of planning. Our annual extravaganza widely hailed as one of the biggest and best in the world will be set this year to the music of Bruno Mars, Imagine Dragons and the late Michael Jackson.

More than 11,000 electrical circuits will be programmed to launch with lightning speed and precision with more than 80,000 pyrotechnic firings from seven hotel casino rooftops.

For the first time, a new mobile app designed by Fireworks by Grucci will permit Strip revelers to follow the countdown to midnight and listen in to the synchronized music score during the explosions. Download the “Fireworks by Grucci” app for iPhone and Android.

Fireworks by Grucci technicians will choreograph the performance with the pop- music mix. After the countdown to midnight and, for some, the traditional kiss to “Auld Lang Syne,” Grucci will launch its state-of-the-art performance, synchronized to its hit-filled “I’m on Top of the World” music mix.

The sky over the Strip will light up as bright as daylight with flashes, salutes and rapid-fire aerial shells to a soundtrack inspired by the seven participating venues and a song will be dedicated to each, including “Hollywood” by Michael Jackson, “Treasure” by Bruno Mars and “On Top of the World” by Imagine Dragons.

Read more details about this fabulous show here

 

Sources: Las Vegas Sun – By Robin Leech|All Things Michael