Sunday, February 22, 2015

Motown the Musical coming to Omaha!


MOTOWN THE MUSICAL COMING TO OMAHA’S ORPHEUM STAGE

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL, the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to heavyweight music mogul, is coming to Omaha, Wednesday, March 25 through Sunday, March 29. The touring Broadway stage musical will be at Omaha’s Orpheum Theater as part of Omaha Performing Arts’ Broadway Series. Below and attached is additional information on the story of how Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and others got their start.

Tickets for MOTOWN are on sale starting at $30 through Ticket Omaha* and are available  online atTicketOmaha.com; by phone at 402.345.0606; or at the Ticket Omaha box office inside the Holland Performing Arts Center. Groups of 10 or more may purchase tickets by calling 402.661.8516 or toll-free at 866.434.8587.

 Clifton Oliver and Allison Semmes will star in the leading roles of Berry Gordy and Diana Ross. Portraying groundbreaking Motown artists, Jesse Nager will play Smokey Robinson and Jarran Muse will play Marvin Gaye. Leon Outlaw, Jr. and Reed L. Shannon will portray Berry Gordy’s boyhood counterpart and the roles of young stars Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder. 

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 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 (Jekyll and Hyde), hair and wig design by Charles LaPointe (Memphis) and casting by Telsey + Company. 

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, and Avenue Q), Chairman and CEO of SONY Music Entertainment Doug Morris and Motown founder Berry Gordy. 

Performances for MOTOWN THE MUSICAL will be at Omaha’s Orpheum Theater Wednesday, March 25, at 7:30 p.m.; two performances Thursday, March 26 - a matinee at 2:00 p.m. and a 7:30 p.m. performance; Friday, March 27, at 8:00 p.m.; two performances on Saturday, March 28, at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. and two on Sunday, March 29, at 1:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. For more information, please visit www.TicketOmaha.com, or the official MOTOWN website: www.MotownTheMusical.com. Follow Omaha Performing Arts on Facebook: OmahaPerformginArtsorg; Twitter: OPerformingArts or our You Tube Channel: youtube.com/user/OmahaPerformingArts
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