Disclosure: I received media tickets to attend this performance. However, all opinions are 100% my own.
Motown the Musical is finally here!!! And boy am I glad. Last night Papa and I enjoyed a date night at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts for opening night of Motown the Musical. I was moving and grooving in my seat as if I was attending a real concert featuring Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye, The Jackson 5 and so many other fabulous singers.
And not just me, the entire audience was getting down to the sweet tunes of Motown classics. Knowing that Berry Gordy himself produced the show made it that much sweeter. Then it happened…Diana Ross came down into the audience and hand-picked two guests to sing with her!!! You know how much I love interactive shows. I was rooting and cheering for the older gentleman who simply charmed Diana, as well as the high schooler that had her five minutes of fame at the front of the theatre. Gosh, I don’t know if I would have been that bold at that age.
Clifton Oliver as Berry Gordy was phenomenal. The passion, the heart he portrayed for the role was undeniable. Diana Ross played by Allison Semmes had a voice that will have you wishing for more sweet sounds. But it’s the young man who played Berry Gordy’s boyhood counterpart and the roles of young stars Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder that really stole the show. The voice, oh the voice, such sweet music to my ears. As little Michael Jackson, he made you truly believe he was Michael Jackson, ABC, easy as 123….
Not only was Motown the Musical uplifting, but it was also enlightening. I learned so much about are era of music that I truly love and admire. You are bound to come away with so much more than just any old theatre show has ever given you before.
Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and so many more.
“MORE THAN A BROADWAY SHOW. A CELEBRATION OF MUSIC THAT TRANSFORMED AMERICA! ―CBS Sunday Morning
“SOMETHING CLOSE TO RAPTURE SPREADS THROUGH THE AUDIENCE!” ―The New York Times
“SETS THE THEATRE ON FIRE!” ―Time Out New York
“THIS HIT MACHINE IS RUNNING ON ALL CYLINDERS!” ―USA Today
Featuring more than 40 classic hits such as “My Girl” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” MOTOWN THE MUSICAL tells the story behind the hits as Diana, Smokey, Berry and the whole Motown family fight against the odds to create the soundtrack of change in America. Motown shattered barriers, shaped our lives and made us all move to the same beat.
- “A Breathtaking Guy”
- “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”
- “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg”
- “All Night Long”
- “Baby I Need Your Lovin’”
- “Ball of Confusion”
- “Brick House”
- “Buttered Popcorn”
- “Bye Bye Baby/Two Lovers”
- “Can I Close the Door” *
- “Dancing in the Street”
- “Do You Love Me”
- “Get Ready”
- “Give It to Me, Baby”
- “Good Morning, Heartache”
- “Got a Job”
- “Happy Birthday”
- “Hey Joe (Black Like Me)” *
- “I Can’t Get Next to You”
- “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)”
- “I Got the Feeling”
- “I Hear a Symphony”
- “I Heard It Through the Grapevine”
- “(I Know) I’m Losing You”
- “I’ll Be There”
- “It’s What’s in the Grooves That Counts” *
- “I Want You Back”
- “Lonely Teardrops”
- “Love Is Here and Now You’re Gone”
- “Mercy, Mercy Me (The Ecology)”
- “Money (That’s What I Want)”
- “My Girl”
- “My Guy”
- “My Mama Done Told Me”
- “Please, Mr. Postman”
- “Reach Out (I’ll Be There)”
- “Reach Out and Touch”
- “Reet Petite”
- “Remember Me”
- “Shop Around”
- “Sign, Sealed, Delivered”
- “Square Biz”
- “Stop in the Name of Love”
- “Stubborn Kind of Fellow”
- “Super Freak”
- “The Happening”
- “The Love You Save”
- “To Be Loved”
- “What’s Going On”
- “Where Did Our Love Go”
- “Who’s Loving You”
- “You’re All I Need to Get By”
- “You’re Nobody ’Til Somebody Loves You”
- “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me”
Motown the Musical is recommended for most ages, runs for 2 hours and 30 minutes, which includes one 15 minute intermission. Food, snacks and beverages are available for purchase. Please check with an usher prior to purchase to inquire if they are permitted inside the theater for this performance.
There are 14 shows left to choose from, playing in the evenings on weekdays, weekends and early showing shows on weekends. Perfect for a date night! Remember, the fun in Fort Lauderdale ends on March 8, 2015 and shows are selling out quickly!
For more information on the production and video sneak peeks, be sure to visit the official website. They’ve even got an educational guide on all things Motown! Motown music courtesy of Sony/ATV Music Publishing. * Songs written for this production by Berry Gordy and Michael Lovesmith.
Tickets to see Motown the Musical start at a family friendly budget price of just $34.75 and are available for purchase online at www.browardcenter.org or by phone 800-745-3000.
The Broward Center for the Performing Arts is located at 201 SW Fifth Avenue, Ft Lauderdale, FL, 33312. Be sure to visit Broadway Across America for details about upcoming Broadway shows coming to South Florida!
Disclosure: Mama’s Mission was not compensated for this post. I received media tickets to attend this performance; however, all opinions are 100% my own. The disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.