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Give Me Mo' Motown!

When I walked into the Orpheum Theatre on Tuesday night to see Motown the Musical, I'll admit, I wasn't expecting anything more than some good Motown music with charming choreography, a simple or nonexistent plot, and maybe even a soulful ballad or two. I was excited because I have a soft spot for Motown music, as most people do, but I was not expecting the inspiring and heartfelt performance I saw. I was DEFINITELY not expecting to be moved to…


Added by Allie Hatch on December 19, 2014 at 2:25pm — No Comments


Motown the Musical preformed Tuesday, December 16th has definitely made my top ten favorite musicals. It captivated audiences from beginning to end with classic songs everyone knew and loved. Motown follows Berry Gordy’s journey in creating Motown records as well as his personal life with Diana Ross. Motown records originated out of a primarily black community in Detroit in the 1960’s. Motown…


Added by Ruby Regan on December 19, 2014 at 10:33am — No Comments

People Are Racist - Motown Can Help

Motown had the opportunity of a lifetime - to really emphasize the extent that black culture and history has had an impact on contemporary music. They didn't take it. That's not to say that this celebration of Motown music didn't showcase spectacular music from across the board, it just didn't take it as far as it could have gone. This show still needs to appeal to the majority white theatergoers who will be the driving force of ticket sales. If Motown were to attempt to only draw in…


Added by Zoë Makila on December 19, 2014 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

The Magic of Motown!

"Motown the Musical" is a must see for all generations. Each generation will experience Motown in their own unique and special way. For some, it will be reliving their past, and for others, it will teach them the history behind some of the most well-known and beloved Motown hits. Either way, Motown has something to offer for everyone.

Opening in Barry Gordy's (Clifton Oliver) living room saying he will not be attending the 25th anniversary of Motown Records, it flashes back to…


Added by Hannah Paulsen on December 19, 2014 at 1:21am — No Comments


Before going to see this show, I had never really had much experience with the music of Motown.  I had heard of some of their artists, but never really listened to any of their songs.  “Motown The Musical” was a happy surprise for me.  Although it felt a bit long, it kept my attention through the whole two hours and forty minutes.  For an easily distracted person, that’s quite a feat.  “Motown The Musical was directed by Charles Randolph-Wright and all of the music is from…


Added by Emma Dalen on December 19, 2014 at 12:57am — 1 Comment

Go to Motown, I'll Be There

Go to Motown, I'll Be There

Maxwell Singer

One of the least exciting developments in recent years has been of the biographical musical. All too often, the music, story, and execution are mutually unlikable, and all too often they fail to interest me at all. Musicals like Evita, Million Dollar Quartet and Jersey Boys are a recent phenomena that will soon hopefully be a facet of the recent…


Added by Maxwell Singer on December 19, 2014 at 12:40am — 2 Comments

Get Your Groove On!

On opening night of Motown the Musical at the Orpheum Theatre, the last show I had witnessed at the Orpheum was Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, which hit Minneapolis just as the jury verdict hit Ferguson.  With unfortunate timing to boot, White Christmas had lived up to its name.  I was ready for a more colorful show.  I was not disappointed.…


Added by Kathleen T. WIllard on December 19, 2014 at 12:30am — No Comments

A Night on the Town with Motown

             Motown the Musical is playing at the Orpheum Theater in Minneapolis through December 28 and you do not want to miss it. Motown was an American record company founded in 1959 by Berry Gordy. Gordy went from dreaming of boxing to launching the careers of some of the most well-known artists of all time, such as the Supremes, Smokey Robinson, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, and many more. This show follows the story of Motown, specifically focusing on Gordy’s relationships with many…


Added by Jenna Fischer on December 19, 2014 at 12:05am — No Comments

Motown Review

George Mulder


I Heard It Through the Grapevine That Motown is Amazing

What do you think of when you hear Motown? The 70s? Detroit? Berry Gordy? All of these things are present in Motown The Musical. It is the story of how Motown (short for “Motor Town” a.k.a. Detroit) came to be. Filled with 60 songs from Diana Ross, The Jackson 5, Smokey Robinson and more, this show is bound to make you dance in your seat.

The talent in Motown was phenomenal.…


Added by George Mulder on December 19, 2014 at 12:01am — 1 Comment

Motown the Musical: My Sunshine on a Cloudy Day

The touring production of Motown the Musical is performing at the Orpheum Theatre this December 16-28th. I absolutely swooned at nearly every aspect of the show. The story was centered around Berry Gordy (Clifton Oliver); the man who not only created Motown as we know it, but also paved the way for the fame of artists including Dianna Ross (Allison Semmes), Stevie Wonder (Reed L. Shannon), and Michael Jackson (Leon Outlaw, Jr.). As the musical progresses,…


Added by Fiona Hannan on December 19, 2014 at 12:01am — No Comments

Motown Brings Generations Together With Familiar Songs and Themes

Grace Peterson


Motown Brings Generations Together With Familiar Songs and Themes

            Berry Gordy has…


Added by Grace Peterson on December 18, 2014 at 11:35pm — 1 Comment

Tonight's Hits- A Play-By-Play of Thoughts Regarding "Mowtown The Musical"

Top 15 Charts-December 2014

15. “Ain’t Too Proud To Admit My Semi-Inappropriate Love For Up-And-Coming Star Reed L. Shannon”

14. “ ‘Ain’t No Audience Spirit High Enough’ to Compete With the Joyful Hoots and Hollers of These Middle Aged and Drunken Patrons”

13. “A B…


Added by Lizzie Esposito on December 18, 2014 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment

Motown: Dancing in Their Seats!

Camryn Schake


Motown: Dancing in Their Seats!

To be frank, I had no clue what I was getting myself into when I entered the Orpheum Theatre on December 16th, a Tuesday night, to see Motown the musical. The only thing people provided me about the show was how much they loved the music. I tried searching for a bit of story in the playbill,…


Added by Camryn Schake on December 18, 2014 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment

One ticket to Hitsville, please!

On December 16th, the seats of the Orpheum Theatre were filled with eager audience members ready to live, or re-live, the thrilling sounds of Motown. Motown the Musical will be transforming Minneapolis into the fast paced and inspiring town of Hitsville, U.S.A from December 16-28th. This exhilarating show takes audience members back in time to the 50s and 60s, allowing them to join their favorite Motown artists on their…


Added by Maya Richardson on December 18, 2014 at 11:20pm — 1 Comment


A must see this holiday season is definitely Motown the Musical, directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, playing through December 28th at the Orpheum. Full of classic Motown from “My Girl” to “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”, this show is sure to get the whole audience dancing. The constant familiar old tunes create a sense of nostalgia that make those watching feel as though they really were brought back to the roots of Motown, the source…


Added by Sonya Yermishkin on December 18, 2014 at 11:05pm — No Comments

Cocktail Hour

Olivia Skjervold

The Cocktail Hour


            Just before the holiday outbreak I caught performance of A.R Gurney’s Cocktail Hour at the Guthrie Theatre on November 25, and for a few hours watched the familiar family dynamic play out on stage as now is the time of year when Minnesota audience members alike prepare themselves for the anticipated family gatherings of the holidays. The…


Added by Olivia Skjervold on December 18, 2014 at 10:39pm — No Comments

Can I "Close the door" on this Musical? Mostly not.

Naveh Shavit-Lonstein 

Motown The Musical

Can I “close the door” on this musical? Mostly not.

When Berry Gordy first opened a…


Added by Naveh Shavit-Lonstein on December 18, 2014 at 10:37pm — No Comments

You Heard It Though the Grapevine, Motown the Musical is Here!

Olivia Skjervold


Motown the Musical


You Heard It Though the Grapevine, Motown the Musical is Here!


            Motown the Musical was exactly the spectacular and upbeat performance I expected when I entered the Orpheum to escape a cold, wintery Tuesday night. The musical is a dazzling tribute to the timeless record labels that put mainstream African American stars on the map. The familiar and much loved voices of Diana Ross, the Supremes, the…


Added by Olivia Skjervold on December 18, 2014 at 10:33pm — 1 Comment


Was the Motown era before your time? No problem. For those of us who didn’t get a chance to live through this portion of our nation’s history, Motown the Musical provides an astoundingly realistic depiction sure to transport any viewer to this defining…


Added by Sydney Larson on December 18, 2014 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Motown the Musical: A Show “To Be Loved”

As Motown the Musical takes the stage at the Orpheum Theater in downtown Minneapolis, you know you are in for a night of music that makes you want to get up and dance. The story began as the life of Berry Gordy, became the music of the nation, and made its way to the Broadway stage. Motown the Musical tells the story of the Motown record label founder Berry Gordy’s journey from boxer to music master, as he fights against the odds launching the careers of Diana Ross, Michael…


Added by Emma Price on December 18, 2014 at 10:25pm — 1 Comment

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