Motown The Musical

Motown The Musical: Get Ready, ‘Cause Here We Come Miami

Opening night of Motown The Musical happened last night and had everyone, including myself, dancing in their seats. When I saw Motown last year I loved it from beginning to end, so when I was invited back to see it again I couldn’t say no. I was excited to see Motown listed for the 2015-2016 season of Broadway in Miami at the Adrienne Arsht Center. Who better to tell the story of how some of America’s best music came to be than the singers themselves.

Motown The Musical

Featuring Diana Ross, played by returning star Allison Semmes. Her voice has only gotten sweeter, and her role more polished – she nails Diana’s signature moves without skipping a beat. There is nothing more exciting than an interactive experience at a show, and Diana provided that to the audience. Two lucky attendants were given the chance to sing with Diana in front of the entire crowd – lucky ducks. Motown The Musical gave you the feeling that you were attending a live concert during the musical numbers by Motown’s greatest.

Allison Semmes as Diana Ross, Julius Thomas III as Berry Gordy. MOTOWN THE MUSICAL First National Tour. (C) Joan Marcus, 2015
Allison Semmes as Diana Ross, Julius Thomas III as Berry Gordy. MOTOWN THE MUSICAL First National Tour. (C) Joan Marcus, 2015

From Marvin Gaye to The Jackson 5, all the songs  and dance moves were instantly recognizable, even for a young in like me. Jesse Nager as Smokey Robinson really nailed his recurring role in Motown, charming the audience with his swagger and his smile. I most was surprised by the powerful voice of Chester Gregory who plays Berry Gordy, singing “Can I Close The Door,” he simply wowed me.

Jesse Nager as Smokey Robinson. MOTOWN THE MUSICAL First National Tour. (C) Joan Marcus, 2015
Jesse Nager as Smokey Robinson. MOTOWN THE MUSICAL First National Tour. (C) Joan Marcus, 2015

Leon Outlaw Jr. played the roles of the young Berry Gordy, Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder and nailed them all to perfection. At only 12 years old this kid has the moves, grooves and the voice.

Photo 3 Reed L Shannon as Michael Jackson (center) with the Jackson 5 MOTOWN THE MUSICAL First Nat Tour Joan Marcus, 2014
Reed L Shannon as Michael Jackson (center) with the Jackson 5 MOTOWN THE MUSICAL First Nat Tour Joan Marcus, 2014

Not only is Motown the Musical uplifting, but it is also enlightening. You can learn so much about are era of music that changed the way people in America think and act in just one night. 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, based on his Gordy’s auto-biography To Be Loved.

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.

Songs from Motown The Musical

  • “ABC”
  • “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” *
  • “Cruisin’”
  • “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”
  • “Shotgun”
  • “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”
  • “War”
  • “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 music courtesy of Sony/ATV Music Publishing. * Songs written for this production by Berry Gordy and Michael Lovesmith.

The parental guidance lists this show as appropriate for all ages – however, please keep in mind that the shows run time is a bit long and therefore may not be suitable for younger children – especially for an evening showing. Motown The Musical runs for 2 hours and 40 minutes, which includes one (1) twenty-minute intermission. Food, snacks and beverages are available for purchase. Drinks and food are allowed inside the theatre for this performance.

Ticket prices are family budget friendly and start at only $29 ($5 less than last year). There are several shows left to choose from, including a few matinee options, with the last show on February 7, 2016. Motown the Musical of Music is playing at The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts which is located at 1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, FL 33132. Tickets are available for purchase here or by calling the Box Office at (305) 949-6722. Be sure to visit Broadway Across America for details about Broadway shows coming to South Florida!

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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. Photo credits: Matthew Murphy

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Comments (1)

  • I would have loved to see this. It sounds like a great time. I was born and raised near Detroit. Thank you for sharing

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