Broadway producer Paul Lambert and original “Four Tops” member Abdul “Duke” Fakir are working on a musical about the legendary Motown group, Page Six is told.
They’re hoping the show, named after their legendary hit “I’ll Be There!,” will be onstage early in 2022, making it one of the first new productions to appear on the Great White Way after theaters reopen.
“They just did casting calls in LA and are now doing rehearsals,” said an insider.
They planning to start with a short run in Detroit, making it the first Motown-themed musicals ever to debut in Motor City.
We’re told they then plan to take it to the West End in the UK where, according to a source, the band has a huge following.
The Four Tops “sold out everywhere when they toured there and have a huge European fan base to this day.”
Duke and Lambert have also been working on a new single, an “environmental anthem” named “Freedom” due out on May 5, and they’re performing a Memorial Day concert on PBS.
The band, originally made up of Levi Stubbs, Renaldo “Obie” Benson and Lawrence Payton and Fakir, had number-one hits with “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar pie honey bunch),” “Reach Out I’ll Be There,” and many other successes including “Ain’t No Woman” and “It’s the Same Old Song,” among many others.
The show would follow “Ain’t Too Proud,” the hit 2018 musical based on the songs of labelmates The Temptations.
We’ll just jump right in there Broadway in New York City and see what’s going on, it’s been a while since I was around any of that.
Before I even look New York is way bigger than it used to be when I was younger, like with the population increase.
They’d need like ten thousand times the size of it is today to compare to what it looked like when I was a kid, today it’s not very big looking because the city got so large.
They have a webpage anyway www.broadway.com with the shows listed on it playing on Broadway.
What is Broadway anyway? Good question…it’s a street in New York City with all the venues on it for large plays, off Broadway must be the street next to it.
Yeah, getting a good spot down there would be hard these days.
Issues like the city being too large with the reduced area for having plays, I dunno I might run mine for this page from across town.
Just for the cheaper box venue, later we’ll check the rates and see what the area looks like on the blog to see the cost of starting your own Broadway production or Off Broadway Production or Crosstown like ours.
We’ll start with a quick review of Broadway.com , they have all the plays listed for Broadway and Off Broadway with ticket sales.
Let’s see what’s playing:
They have about fifteen productions running and several off Broadway productions including surprise Phantom Of The Opera and The Lion King, I was right even before I looked…I must be still current on that play, Aladdin and Mrs. Doubtfire…that would be the trip to New York I guess if I was going.
That’s my opinion of the page – didn’t have time to do anything on it yet.
Here’s a walking video tour from some guy down in times square this week on Youtube.
Since we’re new to Broadway I thought I’d get up early and check the newspapers to see if anyone noticed us, like to start copying our page for their Broadway page.
Like on the show Fame, their could be some crooked promotor watching our Fame promotion for their crooked one across town on the real Broadway, they could be stealing from us and then when we go down they won’t take our work.
So I checked to see if anyone put anything in the paper…what did it say?
Britney Spears just launched on Broadway at the same time as us, maybe she’s following this blog and then running down there to steal all my fans because I don’t have a box office yet like theirs.
“””Musical theater and pop fans can rejoice because Broadway and Washington D.C.’s Shakespeare Theatre Company are coming together to bring dreams to life with “Britney Spears: Once Upon a One More Time,” The Washington Post reported on Thursday.
“This is something so magical — it’s Shakespeare and Spears!” Shakespeare Theatre Company’s artistic director, Simon Godwin, said.
The musical, to the stylings of Spears’ song catalogue, will surround a book club of fairytale characters — such as Snow White and Cinderella — who find themselves changed after reading “a feminist manifesto.”
Godwin said Nederlander producer Susan Bristow came to him with the idea months ago. “She came to us and said, ‘Can I share this idea with you?’” Godwin said. “I was delighted that people were identifying us as a space that they want to work with. I said, ‘Yes, I am all in.”
“Some folks might think it is a jukebox musical, but it is not,” he added of the musical. “This is taking classical stories and refashioning them. I felt there was a promise of excellence.”
While not directly involved, Godwin told The Washington Post that Spears gave her blessing for the show and he’s looking forward to see her reaction once it comes together.
“Once Upon a One More Time” will debut on Nov. 30 at Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Sidney Harman Hall and end Jan. 2, 2022. The hope is to bring the musical to the Nederlander-Organization Theater on Broadway once it has concluded its run in D.C.”””
Take it easy their Desdemona, I mean Washington D.C. come off it to get ready for Broadway.
I doubt they’d be able to help her much when she gets here anyway, like to our Broadway promotion.
They’ll probably be watching our Fame clips we post and trying to copy it for their show ahead of us, like on the show Fame itself…sitting in the office in Washington D.C. in their suit like their visiting the dance school or something on Fame, then stealing our dance moves for the big huge production across town.
I’d thought it just be some guy I would know, like downtown or something…then the same day I opened here Britney Spears got here.
It don’t matter, all her moves are probably from Kids From Fame anyway from her dance class tap books.
I’ve been working my way around and now I’m back to the Fame Broadway page, I don’t see many or any good pages for Broadway or Kids From Fame and all their records are out of print and not on digital the last time I checked.
In true Kids From Fame fashion we’ll just throw a quick page up and start promoting outside dancing in the street if there’s no venue in New York for Kids From Fame and no label carries the records anymore.
Kids From Fame is the best and probably only real dance show from New York with all the real material in it from the dance school which I was upset about seeing the material in disarray from the old lp promoter with no art prints for the show.
I mean come on, the shots from the Kids From Fame are the prints for the art books in the museums, everyone knows the other people won’t make it because this group made the real prints for dancing, everything else is just a copy.
I’m trying to remember how to watch Kids From Fame, the story is in the video and dance numbers plus their is a story line that goes along with that for the characters on the show.
The dance numbers are the main material and the story is supposed to be expressed through song and dance more than the acted story line.
Yeah, so I don’t know how to do a New York Broadway page, but we’ll give it a shot.
I’m used to doing Heavy Metal Music Pages so we’ll try that format for Kids From Fame and see what it looks like.
Everybody book your venues and get your plays ready, if I see your poster and I like it I’ll post your concert dates and posters for your local box office in New York to promote the theater on Broadway.
Everyone will see your concert dates on the Kids From Fame page, so I’m just going to post as topics come up and share videos from the Kids From Fame and add whatever is going on relevant today.
Like I will cover the smaller show if I see your poster with the bigger shows and Kids From Fame and see if there’s any dance scene there in New York with any visitors on it.
So we’ll just start with the blog and see what happens as I figure out what a Broadway blog is gonna look like.