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World Premiere! I Feel Good- The James Brown Story Vol I /Starring Johnny Gill / Music Hall / May 8-10/ Tickets Now On Sale


(Detroit, MI) James Joseph Brown was an American recording artist and musician. One of the founding fathers of funk music and a major figure of 20th-century popular music and dance, who’s often referred to as “The Godfather of Soul.”
I FEEL GOOD- The James Brown Story VOL I , is James Brown as seen through the eyes of long time backup singer and friend, Ms. Martha High and is written and directed by Drumline’s Donald P. Roberts and featuring R & B legend and multi-Grammy nominated, Johnny Gill as the enigmatic Brown, live on stage with a spectacular multi-media presentation, this lavish production will hit the stage beginning on May 8th, 2015 with a preview on May 7th.

I FEEL GOOD- The James Brown Story VOL I will tell the Godfather Of Soul’s tumultuous life from his strained and problematic relationship with his mother and of his humble and troubled beginnings to his rise as an International superstar. Music will help tell James Brown’s story, which also mirrors the Civil rights movement but never strays too far from Brown’s need to reconcile his difficult and emotional relationship with his mother, Susie Brown, played with emotional intensity by the supremely talented Detroit singer, songwriter and actress, Maurissa Rose who through the power of her voice and stage presence provides a sure show-stopping performance.

This World Premiere theatrical event is produced by Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts and Feelin’ Good Productions, will depict some of the greatest names and events in popular music history as I FEEL GOOD takes us from James’ early years, and his hardscrabble youth to his ascent up the music business ladder from the 50’s and 60’s R&B circuit to The T.A.M.I. Show, and then to the famed Boston Garden concert in 1968 where Brown quelled an agitated crowd after the word spread of the assassination of Martin Luther King, I FEEL GOOD VOL 1 is an emotional rollercoaster of drama and music as seen through the eyes of Brown’s longtime confidante’, Martha High who sublimely narrates the performance.

But of course, the focus will be on Johnny Gill as Brown , and his Famous Flames, as they rip through a handful of Brown’s greatest hits, leaving the audience hungry for Volume II!

Tickets: $75.00, $57.50, $52.50 & $47.50
at Music Hall Box Office or www.ticketmaster.com and www.startickets.com


Open Casting Call For : IT’S A MAN’S WORLD: THE JAMES BROWN STORY/ Dec 26/ Music Hall


Detroit, MI– Producers of the new musical, IT’S A MAN’S WORLD: THE JAMES BROWN STORY, have announced open auditions for the upcoming national tour and are seeking actors/actresses for the following roles:

James Brown –African-American male, 25-35 energetic singer/dancer/actor.
Bobby Byrd – Life–long friend, mentor, and member of the James Brown band. African-American male 25-35 energetic singer/dancer/actor.
Joe Brown – James Brown’s father. African-American male 30+, energetic actor.
Rev. Al Sharpton – Part time manager and confidant of Mr. Brown. Treated like a son and family member by Mr. Brown. African-American male 25-35, energetic actor.
Martha High – Mr. Brown’s personal hair stylist and back-up singer. African-American female 22-35 singer/actor/move well.
Vickie Anderson – Mr. Brown’s back-up singer, and Bobby Byrd’s wife. African-American female 22-35 singer/actor/move well.
Susie Brown – James Brown’s mother. African-American female 22-35, singer/actor.
Syd Nathan – Strong manager/record producer for Mr. Brown and the Famous Flames. Caucasian 30 +, energetic actor.
Mick Jagger – Caucasian male 25- 35, British accent is a must.
Wives and Back-up Singers for James Brown (5 positions) – African-American Females, 21+, energetic singers/dancers/actors.

IT’S A MAN’S WORLD: THE JAMES BROWN STORY tells the story of the legendary Godfather of Soul, James Brown, told by those who knew him best. Written and Directed by Don P. Roberts (Drumline), IT’S A MAN’S WORLD: THE JAMES BROWN STORY will provide a never-seen- before perspective of the iconic James Brown and features original music, costumes designed by Brown’s private tailor, Curtis Gibson and dynamic, technology-infused storytelling that will enlighten, engage and leave audiences begging for more.

Auditions will take place on Friday, December 26, 2014 from 12 noon-6pm at Detroit’s Music Hall Center Performing Arts located at 350 Madison in Detroit, MI.

– All interested candidates should bring picture and resume stapled together. Singers and/or Dancers must prepare a 1-2 minute presentation. Rehearsals begin in April. Cast members must be available for 10 weeks.


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Mr. Dynamite: The Rise Of James Brown

This is a clip from Mr. Dynamite: The Rise Of James Brown, a HBO documentary that will air about Brown on October 27th at 9PMEST. Mick Jagger is the producer of the Alex Gibney-directed film that focuses on Brown’s prime years and unveils never seen before footage and interviews.