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Currently showing on the Orpheum stage is Motown the Musical. This exciting, song filled, and overall groovy show is only in town until December 28th, so you better get your tickets quickly. The story of the show takes place in Detroit, Michigan and follows the formation of Motown by its founder Berry Gordy (played by Clifton Oliver). It begins with the formation of the company and goes through decades of the company’s and World’s ups-and-downs. From…Continue
Motown the Musical, where do I even start? Quite honestly I wasn’t expecting anything crazily fantastic. I walked into the Orpheum that fateful Tuesday ready to learn a little bit more about the time period, and be reunited with the music my parents made me fall in love with at a young age. What I ended up seeing, I could not have prepared myself for.
The moment the music started playing, I practically jumped out of…Continue
Motown the Musical truly brings a new perspective to that genre of musicals I tend to call “concert musicals,” or musicals that take the songs of a specific groups, in this case a specific record label, and build a musical around them. This type of musical seems to become increasingly popular. While Motown does pack an awful lot of songs into one show, it doesn't sacrifice the story for the sake of the songs. The songs are placed in around the story in a very logical manner rather than…Continue
Motown the Musical follows Berry Gordy, the founder of Motown Records, played by Julius Thomas III. Berry’s character himself was almost insufferable: too controlling and uptight, sometimes not giving his artists enough room to be themselves. However, the play itself deals with a large amount of societal history in America. The play is perfect for anyone alive in the 60s and 70s, and for anyone who loves good music.
This show barely went five minutes without a song. The classics…
TC Daily Planet 5/16Jay Gabler, Front Row Seat,When a movie critic says something my dad doesn't agree with, Dad will grunt. "Those critics see too many movies! They have no idea what the average…Continue
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SpotLight's Critical Review Program gives high school students the opportunity to attend and review touring Broadway productions and SpotLight school productions. Critical Review is part of a larger curriculum that teaches communication skills, and enhances critical thinking and creative response. As part of this program, students receive study guides and press kits before the show, learn from experts including local theatre critics, playwrights and actors who discuss topics from lighting design to choreography, and in some cases, have expanded access to the Broadway touring cast and crew.
This program is funded through the generous support of Fred and Ann Moore.