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Motown the Musical

Mar 31 - Apr 19, 2015
The Buell Theatre (View Map & Seating Chart)
Run Time: 2 hours 40 minutes with intermission
Ticket Price: Start at $25
Age Recommendation: Appropriate for children ages 10+
Advisory: Contains minimal adult language and references

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.

  Krisha Marcano (Florence Ballard), Allison Semmes (Diana Ross) & Trisha Jeffrey (Mary Wilson) MOTOWN THE MUSICAL First National Tour (c) Joan Marcus, 2014

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VIP Evening
VIP Evening
Apr 17 | 5:30pm
$225 each • $2,250 table of 10

Treat yourself to the best seats in the house and more with the Motown The Musical VIP Evening. It's the complete experience for any special night out: cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, and a delectable dinner by Epicurean Catering in the Seawell Grand Ballroom. Then, enjoy center orchestra seats in The Buell Theatre for the best possible experience of the performance. And for the ultimate night out in Denver, add an overnight stay at the  Westin Denver Downtown.

Accessible Performance
Accessible Performance
Apr 18 | 2pm
Free with admission
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Berry Gordy, Jr.
Berry Gordy, Jr., Book
Berry Gordy, Jr. is the founder of Motown, the hit-making enterprise that nurtured the careers of Diana Ross and The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Michael Jackson and The Jackson 5, and many other music greats. The “Motown sound” reached out across a racially divided, politically and socially charged country to transform popular music. The year 2009 marked an international year-long celebration of Motown’s 50th Anniversary. Mr. Gordy is also a songwriter, boxer, producer, director, innovative entrepreneur, teacher and visionary. In the 1960’s, Gordy moved his artists into television, on shows like American Bandstand and The Ed Sullivan Show. Actively involved in the Civil Rights movement, he also released the recorded speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. His films include Lady Sings the Blues, which garnered five Academy Award nominations, and Mahogany. Gordy has received four honorary doctorates: one in philosophy from Occidental College; two in the humanities, from Morehouse College and Michigan State University; and one in music from Eastern Michigan University. Among the awards recognizing Gordy’s accomplishments are the Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Award, the Gordon Grand Fellow from Yale University, induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, the Rainbow Coalition’s Man of the Millennium Award, the Rhythm and Blues Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the T.J. Martell Foundation’s Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award, and the Grammy Salute To Industry Icon’s President’s Merit Award. In February 2011, President Barack Obama honored him with a Salute to Motown evening at the White House. Berry Gordy’s unparalleled contribution to music and popular culture is chronicled in his autobiography, To Be Loved: The Music, The Magic, The Memories of Motown.
Charles Randolph-Wright
Charles Randolph-Wright, Director
Charles Randolph-Wright has a diversified career in directing, writing, and producing for theater, film, and television. Theater directing credits include the record-breaking musical Sophisticated Ladies (starring Maurice Hines) and the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Ruined at Arena Stage, the 75th Anniversary international tour of Porgy and Bess, Brian Stokes Mitchell in Love/Life (Lincoln Center), Daniel Beaty’s Through the Night and Emergency, the national tour of Guys and Dolls, Blood Knot (featuring music by Tracy Chapman at ACT in San Francisco), The Diva is Dismissed (starring Jenifer Lewis) and They’re Playing Our Song (in Portuguese in Brazil). Charles wrote the plays Blue (starring Phylicia Rashad, Diahann Carroll), The Night Is a Child (starring Jobeth Williams), Cuttin’ Up, and co-wrote Just Between Friends (starring Bea Arthur) on Broadway. He directed the award-winning film Preaching to the Choir, and has written screenplays for HBO, Showtime, Disney, and Fox. Television credits include directing “Lincoln Heights (ABC Family),” “South of Nowhere” (The N), Bebe Winans’ special “America America,” the “Freestyle” soccer campaign for Nike, and producing and writing the Showtime series “Linc’s.” Charles was chosen for a playwright residency in Arena Stages’ American Voices New Play Institute, and was the recipient of the Paul Robeson Award from Actors’ Equity.
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