Denver, Colorado (PRWEB) July 16, 2014
The sweet sensuous sound of soul. It still sells, just as it has since the early sixties. This may explain why Motown - The Musical has been such a solid hit at the Lunt-Fontanne on Broadway (albeit more with audiences than critics) for more than a year now.
It might also explain why the musical has now launched a top-flight national tour, which opened to rave reviews at the ornate 1926-era Oriental Theatre in Chicago on May 1 and performs through August 9, 2014.
From there, the 29-city tour hits the Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco from August 15 through September 28 and opens at the State Theatre in Cleveland, Ohio on Friday October 3, 2014.
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Performing on Broadway since March 2013, the musical about Motown Records founder Berry Gordy, starring Brandon Victor Dixon as Gordy and Valisia LeKae as Diana Ross, has proved to resonate very successfully with audiences.
Berry Gordy helped develop the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, and Marvin Gaye. According to press notes, the show charts Gordy's "incredible journey from featherweight boxer to music heavyweight... and it tells the story behind the hits as Smokey finds his unique voice, Diana skyrockets to stardom, and Berry fights the odds to turn his improbable dream into a triumphant reality."
Broadway theatre-goers give Motown an almost perfect rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars, while critics are less enthusiastic with a 2.9 out of 5 rating. Despite this somewhat curmudgeon-like critical appraisal, attendance capacity has remained at the top of the charts since the production opened, based on tracking data compiled by entertainment-link.com.
In addition, the play received four 2013 Tony Nominations, including Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Valisia LeKae), Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical (Charl Brown), Best Sound Design of a Musical and Best Orchestrations. And, it grabbed two 2013 Outer Critics Circle Nominations: Outstanding Actress in a Musical for Valisia LeKae and Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical for Raymond Luke as a young Michael Jackson.
Costume designer Emilio Sosa, with everything from casual resort wear to formal couture beaded gowns required to be part of the mix, says Motown is “one of the largest costumed shows to hit Broadway in a very long time.” There are an estimated 350 outfits, 70 percent of which are his designs, and 135 different wigs.
Then there’s the choreography by Patricia Wilcox and Warren Adams. And, of course, the soundtrack of 60 classics from the legendary Motown catalogue, including: “Get Ready,” “Shop Around,” “Where Did Our Love Go,” “What’s Going On,” “My Girl,” “Tears of a Clown,” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.” Between 1961 and 1971, the dynamic Detroit hit factory had 110 Top 10 hits.
Concerning the new touring cast’s debut run in Chicago, reviewer Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune, in his May 8, 2014 review of the 2 ½ hour production, wrote: “The songs are why most people are coming for a glamorous downtown night out and they are performed with style, panache and elegant choreography, often with a precise re-creation of signature Motown moves."
“The touring cast certainly is the equal of the one in New York, although different figures now stand out. I was most taken with Jarran Muse, a soulful Marvin Gaye, and Nicholas Christopher, a dead ringer for Smokey Robinson. Elijah Ahmad Lewis, the very talented ensemble member who plays Stevie Wonder, deserves bigger billing. So do plenty of others in the very talented union ensemble.”
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