Friday, 22 August 2014

GOSSIP: Motown the Musical producers confirm West End transfer plans

Producers of Motown the Musical have announced that the production is closing on Broadway and that a "UK production is planned for the summer of 2015."

According to producer Kevin McCollum, Motown will use production assets from the New York production in the UK. Nick Scandalios (Vice-President of the Nederlander Organization) confirmed that they would "like Motown The Musical to open in London next year at the Dominion Theatre." 

Motown will return to Broadway in July 2016 at a yet-to-be announced Nederlander Theatre.

A full statement from producer Kevin McCollum reads: 

We are only saying farewell to Broadway for now. We are leaving on a strong note, because we have a plan in place to come back even stronger. We've seen that Motown the Musical demonstrably appeals to a wide range of audiences. The passionate response to our show and the Motown catalogue puts us in a great position to arrange a successful return, while at the same time Motown the Musical branches out nationally and internationally."

Motown The Musical opened in New York without the benefit of an out-of-town tryout to immediate and amazing response. We learned a lot from producing the premiere, both on an artistic and practical level. When we launched the first National Tour on a full Equity Production Contract, we were able to incorporate changes that present a new, visually and musically vibrant version of the show, equal in quality and excitement to its Broadway counterpart and that clearly appeals to audiences, as we have seen from the great sales figures in Chicago.

By closing in January, 2015, we have an opportunity to use the production assets from Broadway for the UK production next year. We are pleased to continue our great relationship with the Nederlander Organization for the next chapter of Motown the Musical on Broadway when we will return with a new production, our fourth, in the summer of 2016."

Nick Scandalios' full statement reads:

The Nederlander Organization has enjoyed a great four-year partnership with Motown the Musical and look forward to that relationship continuing for many years to come. We would likeMotown The Musical to open in London next year at the Dominion Theatre and we are committed to making one of our theaters available to Motown the Musical on Broadway in the summer of 2016. We are also grateful to the producers of Motown the Musicalfor making it possible for the Nederlander Organization to book the Lunt Fontanne for another production for the 2014-2015 awards season.

Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, Motown the Musical is the real story of the one-of-a-kind sound that hit the airwaves in 1959 and changed our culture forever. This exhilarating show charts Motown Founder Berry Gordy's incredible 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 many more.

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. 

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