Motown The Musical: An Official A&M Review

Motown The Musical opened in Minneapolis to crowds eager to dance and clap along to some of the biggest hits of the 60s and 70s. The musical follows the story of Berry Gordy, founder of Motown Records, and stars he created. The huge (and hugely talented) cast of characters includes portrayals of Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, the Jackson 5, The Supremes and Diana Ross among others.

(c) Joan Marcus, 2014

Krisha Marcano (Florence Ballard), Allison Semmes (Diana Ross) & Trisha Jeffrey (Mary Wilson) MOTOWN THE MUSICAL First National Tour (c) Joan Marcus, 2014

The costuming is just as fun and funky as you’d expect for the time with plenty of sparkle and shine to complement the dazzling music.

While Diana Ross and the Supremes are largely featured in the show, my favorite performances came from the male groups whose smooth, soulful voices stole the spotlight.

The Temptations MOTOWN THE MUSICAL First National Tour (c) Joan Marcus, 2014

The Temptations MOTOWN THE MUSICAL First National Tour
(c) Joan Marcus, 2014

I’d be remiss if I didn’t Reed L. Shannon, the boy who plays a young Michael Jackson in the Jackson 5. His performance blew away the entire crowd and earned the most enthusiastic applause during the show’s standing ovation. Hands down, he is the most talented child singer I’ve ever seen in a performance. In fact, if nothing else it is worth seeing the show simply to witness Reed’s enormous stage presence.

Motown the Musical

Motown The Musical runs through Sunday, December 28th at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis. Get more information on the show and buy tickets here. If you’re a last-minute Christmas shopper like me, grab some tickets for a post-Christmas date night or family outing.

— Maureen

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