After breaking box office records in Philadelphia in 2015, producers Kevin McCollum, Doug Morris, and Motown Founder Berry Gordy, and Broadway Philadelphia, are proud to announce the return of Motown The Musical for a two-week engagement May 30—June 11, 2017 at the Academy of Music on the Kimmel Center Campus. Broadway Philadelphia is presented collaboratively by The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and The Shubert Organization. Motown The Musical marked the best-selling two week engagement in Kimmel Center history during its 2015 run.
“We cannot wait to bring the Motown sound back to Philadelphia!” said Anne Ewers, President and CEO of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. “During our last engagement, it became apparent that this story and the songs struck a strong accord with our audiences, especially since the Motown- Philadelphia connection is such a part of our history. We can’t wait to have everyone out of their seats, dancing to these beloved songs!”
Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, 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, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, and so many more.
Featuring more than 40 classic hits such as “My Girl” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” Motown The Musical tells the story behind the hits as Diana, Smokey, Berry, and the whole Motown family fight against the odds to create the soundtrack of change in America. Motown shattered barriers, shaped our lives, and made us all move to the same beat.
Motown The Musical features staging by Schele Williams, choreography by Patricia Wilcox (A Night with Janis Joplin) and Warren Adams (Toy Story), scenic design by David Korins (Bring It On: The Musical, Annie), costume design by Tony Award® nominee ESosa (The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, “Project Runway”), lighting design by Tony Award® winner Natasha Katz (Once, Sister Act), sound design by Tony Award® nominee Peter Hylenski (Rock of Ages, The Scottsboro Boys), projection design by Daniel Brodie (Aladdin), hair and wig design by Charles LaPointe (Memphis) and casting by Wojcik | Seay Casting.
Motown The Musical’s arrangements and orchestrations are by Grammy and Tony Award® nominee Ethan Popp (Rock of Ages), who also serves as music supervisor in reproducing the classic “Sound of Young America,” with co-orchestrations and additional arrangements by Tony Award® nominee Bryan Crook (“Smash”) and dance arrangements by Zane Mark (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels).
Motown the Musical is produced by Tony Award® winning producer Kevin McCollum (Rent, In the Heights, Avenue Q), Chairman and CEO of SONY Music Entertainment Doug Morris and Motown founder Berry Gordy, in association with Work Light Productions.
For more information, visit www.MotownTheMusical.com.
MOTOWN THE MUSICAL
Academy of Music at the Kimmel Center Campus
Dates and times:
Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, June 2, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 4, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 8 at 1:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Friday, June 9 at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 10 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 11 at 1:00 p.m.
Tickets are on sale to the public now and start at $20.00. Tickets can be purchased by calling (215) 893- 1999, visiting www.kimmelcenter.org, or at the Kimmel Center Box Office. Group sales are available for groups of 10 or more and can be purchased by calling (215) 790-5883. More information at kimmelcenter.org.