Opened: July 31, 2016
Book by: Berry Gordy
Original Broadway Cast: Chester Gregory, Allison Semmes, Jesse Nager, Jarran Muse, Nik Alexander, J.J. Batteast, Erick Buckley, Chante Carmel, Chadaé, Lynorris Evans, Robert Hartwell, Trisha Jeffrey, Elijah Ahmad Lewis, Loren Lott, Jarvis B. Manning Jr., Krisha Marcano, Marq Moss, Rashad Naylor, Leon Outlaw Jr., Ramone Owens, Olivia Puckett, Jamison Scott, Joey Stone, Doug Storm, Martina Sykes, Julius Thomas III & Nik Walker
Featuring many of the best songs of the Motown era, Motown: The Musical will have you singing and dancing in your chair.
The show starts in 1983 where many recording artists join together to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Motown Records. The show then goes back to 1957 when Berry Gordy (Chester Gregory) starts the record label and begins to bring in an incredible array of performers.
Honestly, the show itself isn’t overly memorable. It’s another one of the jukebox musicals that tells the story of its lead character. There are better ones out there that make a stronger lasting impression.
However, the music makes the show. There are over 60 Motown songs performed in under three hours. Audiences of any age will sing along to at least some songs.
Final say: You’ll dance, but that’s pretty much it. ★★★☆☆