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Motown: The Musical

Before attending the touring production of Motown: The Musical at the Orpheum Theatre, I did a little research and discovered that the production contained renditions of over 50 Motown songs. At first I wondered how in the world they could fit in all this music and a story in one cohesive package; it did that in an energetic and thrilling fashion. The show chronicles the growth of both Berry Gordy Jr. (played first by Reed L. Shannon and then by Julius Thomas III) and his record label Motown.… Continue

Added by Julian Spencer on December 22, 2014 at 12:30am — No Comments

A Night in Motown

     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…


Added by Ryan Lenard on December 22, 2014 at 12:07am — 1 Comment


               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…


Added by Lexi Torrez on December 21, 2014 at 2:58pm — No Comments


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…


Added by Matthew Maxam on December 20, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Motown: The Musical Barely Goes Five Minutes Without A Song

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…


Added by Emma M-L on December 19, 2014 at 11:56pm — No Comments

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 — 2 Comments

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 — 2 Comments

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 — 2 Comments

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


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