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Motown the Musical Breaks House Record

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Broadway Philadelphia, presented collaboratively by the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and the Shubert Organization, is proud to announce that the recent Philadelphia premiere of MOTOWN THE MUSICAL broke the existing house record for a two-week Broadway Philadelphia engagement at the Academy of Music, grossing $3,010,715.50.


This surpassed the previous highest two-week gross by Les Misérables in January, 2013 of $2,452,455.

In addition, MOTOWN THE MUSICAL generated $10,537,504 in economic impact in the Philadelphia area during its two-week run at the Academy of Music Jan. 6 – 18. Over 41,000 people attended 16 performances of the Tony winning production.


Using a formula developed by The Broadway League, the national trade association for the commercial theater industry, every dollar of ticket revenue generated creates three and a half dollars of local economic impact – benefitting hotels, restaurants, retail and other businesses in the Philadelphia area.


“What a tremendous way to start 2015! We are thrilled that we broke the all-time two week record for Broadway Philadelphia. We are proud to bring world-class productions like MOTOWN THE MUSICAL to our city and contribute to the quality of life for Philadelphians, both culturally and economically,” said Kimmel Center President and CEO Anne Ewers.


“We owe much of this to the strength and support of our over 6,400 season ticket holders and our enthusiastic theater community that has positioned Philadelphia as a top destination for these world-class Broadway national touring productions,” added Philip J. Smith, Chairman of the Shubert Organization.


Produced by Tony Award winning producer Kevin McCollum, Chairman and CEO of SONY Music Entertainment Doug Morris, and Motown founder Berry Gordy, 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 such artists as Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, and many others.


Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Located in the heart of Center City, Philadelphia, The Kimmel Center’s mission is to operate a world-class performing arts center that engages and serves a broad audience through diverse programming, arts education, and community outreach. The Kimmel Center campus is comprised of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts (Verizon Hall, Perelman Theater, SEI Innovation Studio, and the Merck Arts Education Center), the Academy of Music (owned by the Philadelphia Orchestra Association), and the University of the Arts Merriam Theater. TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, is the season sponsor of The Kimmel Center’s 2014-2015 Season.  American Airlines is the official airline of Broadway Philadelphia. For additional information, visit


THE SHUBERT ORGANIZATION has been in the forefront of the American theatre since the start of the 20th century. The company has produced and co-produced hundreds of Broadway plays and musicals.  Under the leadership of Philip J. Smith, Chairman, and Robert E. Wankel, President, the Shubert Organization owns and operates 17 historic Broadway theatres, six off-Broadway venues, and the Forrest Theatre in Philadelphia. Notable Shubert productions and co-productions include Cats, Sunday in the Park with George, The Heidi Chronicles, Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, Amadeus, Children of a Lesser God, The Grapes of Wrath, Ain’t Misbehavin’, and Spamalot. In recent seasons, Shubert co-producing credits have included God of Carnage, Lucky Guy, Once, Hugh Jackman Back on Broadway, The Cripple of Inishmaan, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, This Is Our Youth, A Delicate Balance, The Elephant Man, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The Audience, Skylight and Wolf Hall. Since 1983, Shubert Ticketing and Telecharge have provided superior ticketing and marketing services to the entertainment industry.



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