MOTOWN THE MUSICAL Review
When I was a little girl, I developed a passion for great music from listening to the great tunes my dad played in the car! The radio station was referred to as the “Oldies” but I loved them all. Last night I was transported back to that time when I attended the opening night of MOTOWN THE MUSICAL. Every single song was phenomenal and the actors on stage brought legends like Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, and Stevie Wonder to life. The audience was singing and clapping along nearly the entire time and could not get enough!
Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, 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 Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and so many more.
Featuring more than 40 classic hits such as “My Girl” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” MOTOWN THE MUSICAL tells the story behind the hits as Diana, Smokey, Berry and the whole Motown family fight against the odds to create the soundtrack of change in America. Motown shattered barriers, shaped our lives and made us all move to the same beat.
Chester Gregory portrays Berry Gordy. I loved learning about his history throughout this show and his voice was phenomenal! His chemistry onstage with Allison Semmes, who plays Diana Ross, was awesome. I learned so much about the Motown story and loved how the musical was able to keep the story-telling moving along while weaving in so many great songs. Nearly all of the artists that Gordy represented were portrayed at some point in the show and the costuming was on point! The highlight of the night was seeing young actor, Leon Outlaw Jr. as Michael Jackson in the Jackson 5! That kid could move!
MOTOWN THE MUSICAL’s arrangements and orchestrations are by Grammy and Tony Award® nominee Ethan Popp (Rock of Ages), who also serves as music supervisor in reproducing the classic “Sound of Young America,” with co-orchestrations and additional arrangements by Tony Award® nominee Bryan Crook (“Smash”) and dance arrangements by Zane Mark (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels).
Thursday, April 14, 2016 @ 7:30 PM
Friday, April 15, 2016 @ 8:00 PM
Saturday, April 16, 2016 @ 2:00 PM
Saturday, April 16, 2016 @ 8:00 PM
Sunday, April 17, 2016 @ 1:00 PM
Sunday, April 17, 2016 @ 6:30 PM
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