Is Motown the Musical good for kids?
With lots of energy, dance, music that doesnt stop children enjoy it. There is a fleeting curse word, some references to violence and war
as well as a bedroom scene.
Motown April 28 - June 7 2015
Motown the Musical is actually based on an American recording company that was started by Berry Gordy in the late 1950s called “Motown.” This is the same recording company that was responsible for boosting the careers of music legends, like Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson and many others. Motown the Musical tells the true story about the founder of Motown Records, Berry Gordy. It brings us on a journey from his early days as a featherweight boxer all the way up to his success as a big time music mogul. The musical spans across many decades to tell this story and is certainly a story that fans of Motown’s music will want to pay attention to.
Motown the Musical is a very entertaining show and will be enjoyed by anyone who is a fan of Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and so on. The musical provides constant music and dance numbers, which features more than 50 of the classic Motown hits from their music catalogue. There is a cast of over 40 actors and they all provide a unique energy in their performances that revive the spirit of the 1950s and 1960s, when this music was first coming out. Some of the performers sing the songs in medleys, so that the best parts of the songs are highlighted and performed to the audience at a fast pace.
Motown the Musical is suitable for people of all ages. After all, the newer generations are starting to listen to the older songs and becoming fans of these legends just like their parents were. Even though the musical is basically a family show, there is some cursing and other obscene references that parents should know about beforehand. For example, there is a bedroom scene between Diana Ross and Berry Gordy that has a sexual innuendo to it. This has to do with the side story about Ross and Gordy’s complicated romance filled with drama and emotion. There are also references to violence and war as well. But, for the most part you are looking at impressive dancing cues and music that has lived in the hearts of fans for many generations now. It is certainly a show that you will remember for years to come. So, if you are in the Los Angeles area during April 28th through June 7th of the year 2015, then you will definitely want to catch this musical at the Los Angeles Pantages Theater.
Motown the Musical
The question I asked myself before attending Motown: the Musical was this: Am I really interested in attending yet another jukebox musicals? Jukebox musicals, if you are unfamiliar with the term, refer to musicals that use previously written musical instead of original songs and scores. Usually, the songs are specifically chosen to help represent the theme of the show. Motown uses music from some of Motown's most famous artists, like The Jackson Five and Smokey Robinson.
The story of Motown: the Musical is fairly simple. It takes place in 1983 at the 25th anniversary of Motown Records, where numerous famous recording stars are gathered to celebrate. Berry Gordy's story is told through a series of flashbacks which feature performances by Diana Ross, The Supremes, the Jacksons--and much more. I must admit that I do agree with the professional critics on the thin nature of the musical's book. The story is barely there, the characters-aside from a few, like Diana Ross-are not much more than vehicles for performances of old Motown hits. But-and this is a big but-it is those performances which make Motown: the Musical worth watching.
Recreating the performance of any singer, much less famous singers like the line-up Motown offered, is bound to be difficult. There will always be comparisons, especially by those sitting in the audience who may have grown up with this music or even seen the real artist performing live during their heyday. But, for the most part, the "fictional" artists of Motown: the Musical make an excellent tribute to the singers, both those who have passed on and the few still with us today. The songs performed in the show include All Night Long A Breathtaking Guy, Bye Bye Baby, Dancing in the Street, Lonely teardrops, My Girl, My Guy, Stop in The Name Of Love, Where did Our Love Go, and the Jackson Five's ABC-just to name a few. Fans of Motown, old and new, will really not be disappointed in the stellar line-up of music used in the show.
Butů and this is another big butů the show does, again, suffer from book issues. If you are looking for an in-depth look at the creation and heyday of Motown? Look elsewhere. If you are looking for a show featuring some stunning performances and a celebration of the best that Motown had to offer? Then I highly recommend seeing the show.
By: D Kelly
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