REVIEW: Mowtown The Musical

National Theatre

So many artists got their start with Motown. Marvin Gaye, The Miracles, Martha Reeves and The Vandellas, The Four Tops, Gladys Knight and the Pips, The Temptations, Mary Wells, Stevie Wonder, The Jackson 5 are just a few of the artists and groups that came out of Motown (Hitsville) records. The Motown label was a reflection of hard work and dedication of individuals overcoming obstacles to achieve success. I had the privilege of viewing Motown the Musical on Wednesday, December 9, 2015, at the National Theater, a very comfortable theater with plush seats and excellent atmosphere. Let me start by saying this play was spectacular.

The show opens in 1983 at the time of the “Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever” TV special. This is the music that a lot of us came to love. The music of this era transcended color barriers. Berry Gordy (played by Josh Tower) kept the audience captivated from beginning to end. Diana Ross’ (Allison Semmes) voice was magnificent. Smokey Robinson (Jesse Nager) was Vice President of Motown records. The singing and dancing had me singing and dancing in my seat as I reminisced with each song sung. The cast was very talented. The music was heart felt and almost as good as the original singers and musicians. The stage was set perfectly, the lighting was just right, and the sound system was at its best.

I definitely recommend this musical for all to see. I’d really love to see it again! I would like to thank the staff of the National Theater Corporation for all the good work they’ve done and continue to do in helping to bring these performances to the public.

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