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I Loved "I Love Lucy"

“I Love Lucy” was a unique television show that originally aired from 1951 until 1957.  The sitcom is about an aspiring actress and her husband.  “I Love Lucy” has been brought to the stage with new characteristics that make it more unique than ever.   

            The play goes beyond the plot of the original show by…


Added by Noah Coon on January 22, 2015 at 12:58am — 1 Comment

Lucy Puts on a Delightful Show!

When the original “I Love Lucy” began airing in the 1950s, it brought something new to the screen that people had rarely seen before: A comedy led by a…


Added by Jane Pena on January 22, 2015 at 12:46am — 1 Comment

I Love Lucy and Lucy Loves Me

     From the beginning announcement to the final musical number, the cast of I Love Lucy Live had the audience feeling as if they were actually in a filming of the classic TV show.

     With a long introduction from TV host Maury (Mark Christopher Tracy), the audience had high expectations. The extravaganza started with commercials, which were a clever way to incorporate more actors into the show - and added to the…


Added by Jolie Olson on January 21, 2015 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

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.…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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 — 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…


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


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 — 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…


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


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