Review by Monique Thompson
It’s shows like this that will leave you speechless and spellbound!
Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, Motown is the real story of the one-of-a-kind sound that hit the airwaves in 1959 and changed our culture forever. The show charts 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 many more.
MOTOWN. That one word speak volumes in itself. Motown The Musical, now playing at the Winspear Opera House in Dallas, exudes a breath of fresh air while reliving and reminiscing to some of the musical classics many of us grew up on. Based on the “zero turned hero” story and book by Motown founder Berry Gordy, the musical showcases not only the talented cast but the determination that Gordy encompassed while chasing after a dream to become a mogul in the music business. What’s really cool about the production of this musical is the fact that it touches on many aspects of Berry’s personal and professional life that just makes you can’t help but respect the guys craft even more.
The cast that was selected for this musical has to be some of the most talented vocalists in the industry. A definite standout is the young Nathaniel Cullors who portrays three characters throughout the musical and has some major pipes on him. The entire show, you won’t be able to resist tapping your feet, bobbing your head, and even clapping and snapping along to the classic music that has made Motown what it is today.
Cast: Josh Tower Berry Gordy), Allison Semmes (Diana Ross), Jesse Nager (Smokey Robinson), Jarran Muse (Marvin Gaye), Nathaniel Cullors (Young Berry/Young Stevie Wonder/Young Michael Jackson)
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