| Aug 8, 2013
| 9:26 AM
Broadway in Chicago held its annual summer concert on Monday, packing Millennium Park despite crummy weather. The massive crowd suggested that if there is one thing Chicagoans like more than Broadway shows, it's the chance to see bits of Broadway shows...
| Aug 4, 2013
| 2:21 PM
At age 69, Diana Ross is no longer the sylph fashionista who forged the template for modern pop diva-dom. Mother of five and grandmother of two, she’s still glamorous and beautiful (appearing a good two decades younger than she is) and her voice, ...
| Apr 14, 2013
| 12:37 PM
NEW YORK — Berry Gordy, the man who discovered Diana Ross and The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Mary Wells (and on and on), was a peerless record producer when it came to handpicking talent and building careers. But Berry Gordy, the...
| Jul 12, 2013
| 8:23 AM
I may have never been so embarrassed for another human than the day my college English professor demonstrated America's desire for westward expansion by playing Martha and the Vandellas' "Dancing in the Street." He danced with an arrhythmic bounce as he...
| Apr 19, 2013
| 11:13 AM
In 2011, Nick Bilton of The New York Times asked Walter Isaacson, the biographer of Steve Jobs, an interesting question: "Did he try to control what you wrote in the book?"
"I anticipated that," Isaacson replied. "But he didn't. He kept surprising me by...
| Apr 15, 2013
| 7:20 AM
"Motown: The Musical" -- the new Broadway jukebox musical that resurrects the Temptations, the Four Tops, Martha and the Vandellas and many more -- opened at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in New York on Sunday.
The production, directed by Charles Randolph-...
| Mar 26, 2013
| 7:11 PM
Deke Richards, 68, who as part of the songwriting and producing team known as the Corporation was responsible for many of the Jackson 5's early hit songs for Motown Records, died Sunday at a hospice in Bellingham, Wash., of esophageal cancer, according to...
| Jun 21, 2013
| 12:40 PM
There have been times when neighbors sharing a Pilsen apartment building with Brandon Boom and Jeremiah Chrome thought they were living next door to one of NASA's experimental laboratories.
The rising production duo, collectively known as the-Drum,...
| Jun 6, 2013
| 9:13 AM
It's signed, sealed and soon to be delivered: "Motown the Musical" is to kick off its first national tour in Chicago next spring, with a 12-week engagement at the Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St., from April 22 to July 13, 2014.
"Why would I start...
| Jun 6, 2013
| 12:41 PM
Ever since the first national TV broadcast in 1967 of the Tony Awards, then its 21st year, a delicate dance has been tapped out between the handing out of trophies for artistic theatrical worthiness and the entertainment of the ever-fickle folks at home....
| May 26, 2013
| 8:00 PM
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