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After Record-Breaking Run in 2015, "Motown The Musical" Returns To Philadelphia for Two-Week Engagement on The Kimmel Center Cultural Campus, May 30-June 11, 2017

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Philadelphia, PA, March 23, 2017) — 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 Musicalmarked 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.

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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, 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

The Shubert Organization

For more than 100 years, The Shubert Organization has been in the forefront of the American theatre. Under the leadership of Philip J. Smith, Chairman, and Robert E. Wankel, President, the Shubert Organization owns and operates 17 Broadway theatres and six Off-Broadway venues, as well as the Forrest Theatre in Philadelphia. The company has produced and co-produced hundreds of plays and musicals, including the original Broadway production of CATS, Dreamgirls, Sunday in the Park with George, Amadeus, The Real Thing, The Grapes of Wrath, Equus, The Elephant Man, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, School of Rock The Musical, and The Humans. The Shubert Organization is proud of its ongoing refurbishment program for its theatres, seeking to preserve the historic character while modernizing them to accommodate the needs of today’s audiences.

The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Located in the heart of Center City, Philadelphia, the Kimmel Center’s mission is to operate a world-class performing arts center that engages and serves a broad audience through diverse programming, arts education, and community outreach. The Kimmel Center Campus is comprised of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts (Verizon Hall, Perelman Theater, SEI Innovation Studio, and the Merck Arts Education Center), the Academy of Music (owned by the Philadelphia Orchestra Association), and the Merriam Theater. The Kimmel Center is also home to eight Resident Companies: The Philadelphia Orchestra, Opera Philadelphia, The Pennsylvania Ballet, The Philly POPS, PHILADANCO, The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and Curtis Institute of Music. With nearly 9,000 seats per night, The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts is the region’s most impactful performing arts center, and the second largest in the country. TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, is the season sponsor of the Kimmel Center’s 2016-2017 Season. American Airlines is the official airline of Broadway Philadelphia. For additional information, visit

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