Below is my review of Motown the Musical, which I loved and highly recommend. It’s out of the Philadelphia area (boo!) but it’s playing across the country! Visit this link from Vivid Seats to find where it is playing near you!
I need to let you all in on a little secret…when I was teen I wasn’t hip (shocker!). That means instead of wearing big earrings, chains, asymmetrical haircuts and listening to that new hip hop and R&B station, Power 99, my radio dial was set to the (to me) oldies stations: WDAS and WOGL. (We will get into my lack of fashion at another date; that’s a post unto itself). I was all about Motown Mondays because I just loved, loved, loved listening to old Motown. Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, Stevie (I don’t even have to say his last name) and of course, Diana Ross and the Supremes.
Lord did I wear out those best of Motown records, cassette tapes and, later, CDs. Motown was familiar, it was gratifying when I would listen to the words because it was like they just knew what insecure Rachee was feeling, set it to music and made it all better. I share all of this to say that watching Motown the Musical was such a treat and I want to share it with you.
Motown the Musical celebrates the legacy of Berry Gordy Jr. and the legend that is Motown. My niece and I attended the show and we had a ball singing along with the hits and dancing in our seats. The show opens up with fantastic dance number featuring The Temptations and The Four Tops during a dress rehearsal for the show and they bring it! They are energetic, it’s almost tangible s they perform and dance and own the stage. The show keeps moving as we learn about Berry Gordy’s life and his desire to create and be something.
The history of Motown is fascinating and the small bites that were presented was enough to make me want to learn more about Motown and fall in love with the music all over again.
The entire cast was phenomenal although I would say that one of the highlights of the show was Leon Outlaw, Jr as Young Michael Jackson. He dominated the stage and sounded just like Michael but had an original sound. Jarran Muse as Marvin Gaye was also outstanding. He brought angst and emotion to this role and his voice was amazing.
The Broadway hit is being shown at the Kimmel Center now through January 18th. If you go, get there on time; this is one show the begins with great energy and rolls right along. For tickets call (215) 731-3333 or visit kimmelcenter.org/broadway
About the show:
MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is Broadway’s record-breaking smash hit that tells the true story behind the beat that changed minds, touched lives and took the world by storm. Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations – MOTOWN THE MUSICAL shows how these legendary artists and so many more created the soundtrack that transformed America. With over 40 classic songs such as “My Girl,” “What’s Going On,” “Dancing in the Street,” “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” this explosive Broadway event is the next chapter of Motown’s incredible history – and an experience you’ll never forget.