Motown rocks its way to Little Rock and NWA

The smash hit Motown The Musical brings the music of Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and more to Little Rock’s Robinson Performance Hall and the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville, both this June.

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.

Other hit songs featured in the production include Baby I Need Your Lovin’, Dancing in the Street, I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch), My Mama Done Told Me and literally dozens more.

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, Avenue Q), Chairman and CEO of SONY Music Entertainment Doug Morris and Motown
founder Berry Gordy, in association with Work Light Productions.

Motown The Musical will appear at Robinson Performance Hall in Little Rock for six performances June 21-24. Tickets are $40-$65 and may be purchased in person at Celebrity Attractions Box Office at Robinson Center, via phone at (501) 244-8800 or online at Groups of 10 or more receive a discount by calling (501) 492-3312. Ticket buyers are reminded that for Celebrity Attractions productions, Celebrity Attractions and Ticketmaster are the only official retail ticket outlets.

The musical will be at the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville June 27 through July 2. Tickets start at $35, and can be purchased in person at Walton Arts Center’s Box Office, by calling (479) 443-5600 or online at www.Walton

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