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As Happy as they can be-I Love Lucy

When it first aired in 1951, I Love Lucy was a truly iconic and groundbreaking show for it’s time period. Since its final season in 1957 there have been several fans awaiting the return of Lucy, Ricky, Ethel, and Fred.Through all of the tactics Lucy tried to pull, the other three continued to be the voice of reason for her. Fans got what they wanted when I Love Lucy- Live on Stage came with to Los Angeles and then a national tour.…

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Added by Laura Wyatt on January 21, 2015 at 8:00pm — 3 Comments

Motown is Alive and Well

Martha Broadnax



Motown The Musical





On the night of December 22 at the Orpheum Theatre, the atmosphere of Motown was something much more than a record label. It was a culture as well. The energy of Motown could be felt from the presence of the audience itself to the last note sung. Motown The Musical followed a young Berry Gordy(Julius Thomas III) and his dream of making a black record label people that would respect. He ultimately built an entire way of life people… Continue

Added by Martha Broadnax on December 27, 2014 at 8:29am — No Comments

Motown the Musical

Motown the Musical  is the story of the Motown music company. The musical itself is composed of lots of music, with some plot elements added. Although this formula is often a recipe for disaster, in this show the blending of the story and music works. This is helped by amazing performances by the cast, and a well done overall presentation.

The plot of Motown is defiantly not the most important part of the musical, it is the music that is the most important. However, the…

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Added by Karen Kenison on December 24, 2014 at 8:55pm — No Comments

Motown: Starring the woman sitting behind me

    Motown the Musical, a journey of the creation, success and story of the Motown record company. The musical begins with Barry Gordy (Clifton Oliver) and the 25th anniversary of the Motown record label. It jumps back to 1938 and works forward, taking the audience though the development and effects of fame on those included. This musical is an amazing experience, telling the history though song and capturing…

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Added by Emma Carlson on December 23, 2014 at 11:53pm — No Comments

Motown Lives On

Sometimes musicals just take a while to get into. It can go through three, four, even seven songs before anything exciting happens. Thankfully, Motown the Musical was different. Right from the very beginning of the show, the audience was tapping their feet, clapping their hands, and singing along to some of the catchiest songs in our nation’s history. Motown the Musical was a non-stop roller coaster ride of excitement.

The national tour of…

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Added by Christopher Cartwright on December 23, 2014 at 12:39pm — No Comments

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…

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

Woah-town!

               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…

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

Motown

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…

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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…

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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…

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

MOTOWN: CAN I GO AGAIN?

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…

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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…

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Added by Zoë Makila on December 19, 2014 at 10:30am — 3 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…

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Added by Hannah Paulsen on December 19, 2014 at 1:21am — 1 Comment

Potent

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…

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Added by Emma Dalen on December 19, 2014 at 12:57am — 2 Comments

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…

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Added by Maxwell Singer on December 19, 2014 at 12:40am — 4 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.…

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Added by Kathleen T. WIllard on December 19, 2014 at 12:30am — 1 Comment

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…

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Added by Jenna Fischer on December 19, 2014 at 12:05am — 1 Comment

Motown Review

George Mulder

Motown

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.…

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Added by George Mulder on December 19, 2014 at 12:01am — 3 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,…

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Added by Fiona Hannan on December 19, 2014 at 12:01am — 1 Comment

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