Motown Brings Generations Together With Familiar Songs and Themes
Berry Gordy has…Continue
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…Continue
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,…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
Motown - A Brilliant Temptation for a Gaye Time
Motown is a broadway musical running at the Orpheum Theatre until December 28th. This is an absolutely fantastic show that should be seen by everyone. The show follows the story of Berry Gordy, Motown Records, and several of the musicians…Continue
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…Continue
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Motown The Musical
Can I “close the door” on this musical? Mostly not.
When Berry Gordy first opened a…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
Motown The Musical is a new musical about the history of Motown music, starting in Detroit in the 1960s. During a time of such racial inequality, it was hard for African American’s music to become popular, never mind get the radio. This touching story follows countless Motown artists through their careers in the 60s and 70s. Jam packed with songs, storylines and fun costumes, and this musical was fun even for people who didn’t…Continue
Motown has a certain energy about it, I left feeling enlivened and wondering where this music had been all my life. The show made me feel connected to the songs and the people that created them. Dropping you right into Motown through a balance between fun music and historical context, the show follows Berry Gordy and the artists of Motown from the late 1950’s to the early 1980’s. Along this journey you experience the ups and downs of Motown. From the joy of first number one…Continue
Want to see the reincarnation of Michael Jackson in the Jackson Five live on stage or get the funky songs from your childhood stuck in your head for the next three weeks? Then Motown the Musical is a must see for you, running at the Orpheum Theater December 16th-18th. The musical stole the hearts of the over 2,500 people present on…Continue
Motown the Musical, playing at the Orpheum in Minneapolis is a show that helps link modern kids of techno and Miley Cyrus into a time we only know from textbooks. A time full of fantastic music featuring Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, Jackson Five, Diana Ross, and many more that are all centered around one story about a company that started them all, Motown.
The casting for this show was the best part. Every…Continue
Anyone could feel the anticipation and curiosity in the Orpheum theatre last Wednesday night. The night would soon be filled with intoxicating energy and amazing singing. Motown is a musical about the music stars of the 1960’s. The stage was filled with brilliant impressions of Berry Gordy, Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson and Marvin Gaye, along with many others. Motown begins with a shimmering gold “M”, lively overture of a medley of popular motertown music from the 1960’s. Motown is about Berry…Continue
From The Marvelettes' perfectly coiffed wigs to the blindingly shined black shoes of the Contours, Motown was a musical where attention to detail reigned supreme. It was a musical that combined historical accuracy with entertainment - a feat that most of Hollywood struggles to achieve. With the gifted…Continue
What the world needs now is glitter, sequins and a bit more glitter. There isn’t enough shimmering in shows these days. Next to Normal? Nary a twinkle. Spring Awakening? Less gleam and more child abuse. Once? Less sparkle than a room full of burlap bags. Good thing for the theatre community, Motown brought not only the shimmer but the funk. A show was packed to the brim with exiting and iconic songs, and it wowed with its creativity and precision. Motown, now at the Minneapolis…Continue
With a name as sweet as Motown you know what to expect- music that you want to dance to and a story with a punch. The show was a party from the start- colorful lights and blasting music. The energy emanated from the stage with such power that I was blown away. This true story follows a young Berry Gordy as he discovers his passion for songwriting, and eventually his dream to own a record label- Motown. All of this is wrapped up in a jukebox musical bow inviting one and all to unwrap…Continue
As the orchestra, which sounded more like a soundtrack, began playing the first few notes of Motown, you could feel the excitement of the audience rise. Although the storyline is one that has been told before, it can still bring new meaning. With all of the racial controversy in the media right now, Motown couldn’t have more perfect timing. The music surrounds you and makes you feel like part of the movement.
Vocally this cast kicked…Continue