| Feb 2, 2014
| 6:49 PM
Call it the incredible shrinking Super Bowl halftime.
In recent years, Beyonce, Madonna, Paul McCartney, Prince and Bruce Springsteen headlined the year’s biggest nationally televised mini-concert. But Sunday we got a one-man wedding band.
| Jul 16, 2014
| 10:30 AM
Eric Gold -- Ellen DeGeneres' former manager and one of the producers of "Holler if Ya Hear Me," the much-ballyhooed Broadway musical based on the life of Tupac Shakur -- shelled out $9 million in 2009 for a 1960s Buff & Hensman-designed beachfront...
| Jul 8, 2014
| 3:29 PM
A lineup divided almost evenly between old favorites and newcomers constitutes the 2014-15 schedule for the Segerstrom Center for the Arts.
A golden oldie kicks things off Nov. 11 when "Pippin" arrives for a two-week engagement. The Broadway version...
| Apr 13, 2014
| 10:00 PM
Chicago native Allison Semmes is a classical singer by training—she has a bachelor's degree in opera from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign—but she grew up with Motown in the house. "That was the popular music of [my parents']...
| Apr 18, 2014
| 8:55 AM
How to tell the story of Berry Gordy, the visionary who signed and nurtured Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder and countless other Motown hit-makers? The self-described "bum with a dream" who built Motown Records into...
| Apr 22, 2014
| 8:35 AM
Tonight is "Party Anthem" night, which means earworms aplenty.
Redfoo, from LMFAO, is a guest judge. In case you find it difficult to call a grown man "Redfoo," his actual name is Stefan Gordy, as he's the youngest son of Motown founder Berry Gordy, Jr....
| Mar 17, 2014
| 8:51 AM
The complete cast of “Motown The Musical,” starting in Chicago in April, was announced by Broadway In Chicago on Monday.
Joining the previously named Allison Semmes and Clifton Oliver, as Diana Ross and Berry Gordy respectively, are Nicholas...
| Mar 8, 2014
| 12:00 PM
Lucian Grainge has a vision for the future of the music business that bears scant resemblance to the traditional record company playbook.
He is putting songs on smartphones in Africa, reviving moribund American record labels and making Lorde into a...
| Mar 10, 2014
| 8:45 AM
The national tour of “Motown The Musical,” kicking off in Chicago in April, has found its Diana Ross and Berry Gordy, representatives for the tour announced on Monday.
Allison Semmes, a Chicago native and graduate of the University of...
| Mar 13, 2014
| 2:12 PM
This week’s Theater Loop Showcase is “Chicago’s Golden Soul.” Currently playing at Black Ensemble Theater, the energetic and informative show is a revue of the many songs recorded in Chicago during the city’s heyday as a soul...
| Jun 24, 2014
| 2:30 AM
"I NEED love, love to ease my mind/And need to find time, someone to call mine/But Mama said, you can't hurry love, no you just have to wait!"
DIANA ROSS (and the Supremes) belted that one out about four decades ago. And today, the great star, Miss...