Saturday, October 25, 2014

Motown: The Musical

                 If there's one genre of music that is almost universally loved it would probably be the sound that was produced out of Hitsville U.S.A, the Motown Sound. Sporting such untouchable artists like Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye and Edwin Starr; the Motown label created by Berry Gordy Jr. is responsible for creating some of the greatest music to ever grace the airwaves and touch the hearts of people all around the world. Motown also obviously holds a special spot in all Mods and Soulies hearts for it's beautifully crafted sound and rhythm that leaves you with no choice but to dance. So naturally with something so universally loved and popular, it was only a matter of time before Broadway got involved. In a similar vein to "Jersey Boys" (another must see production by the way), "Motown: The Musical" takes the hits we all know and love and puts an amazing cast together to perform these songs and provide us with the story of how Motown got it's start. The plot itself follows Berry Gordy Jr.'s amazing journey from his humble beginnings as a writer and amateur boxer to his difficult decision to sell the Motown legacy he worked so hard to create. All the actors capture their respective artists wonderfully and it truly feels like a live performance taken right out of time. If you've got a chance make it a priority to see this show, and to all our friends around the world or not exactly close to the Big Apple, hopefully the show will eventually go on tour. And when it rolls round don't even think of skipping out on it!

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