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December 2014 Blog Posts (8)

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

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

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 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

Motown? More like Woahtown!

Berry Gordy’s “Motown the Musical” is a rare mix of merriment and poignancy, full of wit and history. Cutting between fantastic musical numbers and hard-hitting scenes reminding us about racial tension during the motown period, the musical tells the story of Berry Gordy (Julius Thomas III) and the rise of Motown Records from 1938 to the 1980’s. The history aspect of the show was interesting and added more dimension to the plot. The whole show was very interactive- from…


Added by Delia Grimes on December 18, 2014 at 4:31pm — 2 Comments

Callin' Out Around The World Are You Ready for a Brand New Beat, Motown the Musical Will Have You Dancin' in the Seats

    Motown The Musical instantly fills the Orpheum theater in downtown Minneapolis with sound and energy. This show is a full body experience. From the music that rushes through you, making any audience member want to move their feet, to the heart warming/wrenching moments around creating change and standing up for racial justice. Motown The Musical leaves nothing to complain about besides some minor technical difficulties and a stumble here and there, which can be attributed to it being…


Added by Claire Mathews-Lingen on December 18, 2014 at 12:38pm — 3 Comments

What can Make Me Feel this Way? "Motown!" Just Go and See "Motown!"

“Motown the Musical” is a show that will thrill everyone, young and old.  The show begins at the 25th anniversary of Motown Records.  The founder of Motown, Berry Gordy (Clifton Oliver), decides not to attend the event and reflects on his journey with Motown Records.  The show covers the growth of Motown from its inspiration, to its birth, and through the first 25 years of Motown Records.  Along the way,…


Added by Noah Coon on December 18, 2014 at 1:19am — 2 Comments

Don't Close the Door on Motown

Many anxious people meandered into the Orpheum theater in Minneapolis on Tuesday night awaiting the experience they wouldn’t soon forget. Opening night of Motown the Musical did not disappoint. Starting in the one and only “Motor City” of Detroit, Michigan, Motown begins with a lively overture from the orchestra followed by a high-energy medley of some of the classic music from the time period, instantly pulling the audience in. In…


Added by Laura Wyatt on December 17, 2014 at 7:30pm — 2 Comments

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