‘Motown The Musical’ Earns Millions from National Tour
Willie Grace | 5/6/2015, 3:44 p.m.
The Motown sound still captivates music lovers as the play based on the famous label’s rise to prominence is killing it around the country.
AlwaysAList.com reports that “Motown The Musical” is in the midst of a successful tour. The hit theatrical production has recouped its $8.5 million dollar capitalization cost in less than ten months on the road while grossing $62.5 million in 52 weeks and playing to more than 875,000 people in 18 different cities.
Told through the eyes of Motown founder Berry Gordy, “Motown The Musical” centers on the famed record label while telling how Gordy went from being a featherweight boxer to the man responsible for launching the careers of legendary artists like Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and Marvin Gaye, among others.
The show’s success comes as it celebrates the one-year anniversary of its first national tour on Friday (May 8) after kicking off its tour in Chicago in 2014. Theatergoers will get a chance to see a member of the original Broadway cast of “Motown The Musical” as Julius Thomas III has already rejoined the national tour in Los Angeles (at the Pantages Theater) playing Gordy in a limited engagement. Thomas is set to perform at the Charles Randolph-Wright-directed production’s stop at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, CA.
The following are tour dates for “Motown The Musical,” which will run early 2016:
Los Angeles, CA Pantages Theatre April 28-June 7, 2015
San Diego, CA Civic Center June 9-14, 2015
Costa Mesa, CA Segerstrom Center for the Arts June 16-28, 2015
Milwaukee, WI Marcus Center for the Performing Arts July 7-12, 2015
Memphis, TN Orpheum Theatre July 14-19, 2015
Houston, TX Hobby Center for the Performing Arts July 21-26, 2015
Dallas, TX AT&T Performing Arts Center July 28-August 16, 2015
Atlanta, GA Fox Theatre August 18-23, 2015
Charlotte, NC Blumenthal Performing Arts Center August 25-September 6, 2015
Cincinnati, OH Aronoff Center September 8-20, 2015
Toronto, ON Ed Mirvish Theatre September 22-November 1, 2015
Providence, RI Providence Performing Arts Center November 3-8, 2015
Rochester, NY RBTL’s Auditorium Theatre November 10-15, 2015
Schenectady, NY Proctors November 17-22, 2015
Greenville, SC Peace Center for the Performing Arts November 24-29, 2015
Washington, DC National Theatre December 1, 2015-January 3, 2016
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