PLAYBILL.COM'S THEATRE WEEK IN REVIEW, Aug. 16-22: TV Stars Flock to CSC and Motown's Leaving Broadway - For Now

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22 Aug 2014

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Like once-hot restaurants that suddenly shut their doors "for renovations," Motown, the Broadway show featuring music from the legendary Motown catalogue, has announced that it is not exactly closing, but taking a break from Broadway business for a while.

It will play its final performance at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre Jan. 18, 2015, producers announced, adding that Motown will reopen on Broadway in July 2016 at a Nederlander theatre to be announced.

Producer Kevin McCollum said in a statement, "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."

A U.K. production is planned for summer 2015, and the first national tour of Motown continues.

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