Get ready because summer’s here and the time is right for dancing in your seat! That’s right, Motown: The Musical, the record shattering Broadway smash, is in its final week at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts’ Academy of Music in Philadelphia.
Based on the book, To Be Loved: The Music, The Magic, The Memories of Motown by Berry Gordy, this production is a whirlwind montage of history and hits that combine to tell the tale of Gordy’s legendary rise. The musical begins in March of 1983 during rehearsals for the label’s spectacular 25th anniversary celebration, Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever. Through flashbacks, Motown: The Musical chronicles the previous two and a half decades of artistry. Along with all of the accompanying drama!
Motown: The Musical is a triumphant story set to a soundtrack of indelible songs performed by a cavalcade of music’s greatest stars, which include Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Jackie Wilson, Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, and more. The high-energy production features a barrage of unforgettable showstopping moments and is presented by one of the strongest all-around casts ever assembled.
Berry, played by Chester Gregory, was the rock solid foundation upon which this multifaceted story was built. He radiated a dynamic charisma that would make even P.T. Barnum envious. David Kaverman and Jarran Muse each approached their character (Smokey Robinson and Marvin Gaye, respectively) with an intriguing combination of pizzazz and sensitivity. Raymond Davis Jr. absolutely killed it with his flawless portrayal of young Michael Jackson (as well as young Stevie Wonder and young Berry Gordy). But the woman who stole the show with her scintillating blaze of dazzling beauty and astounding vocals was Allison Semmes. As Diana Ross, she reached out and stole your heart.
Motown: The Musical is a rollicking, rhythmically-charged blast of Motor City’s finest performed by an extraordinary cast of exceptionally talented artists. The production hits all the right notes and is signed, sealed, and delivered with resounding love! But remember, there are only eight performances left, so don’t miss out on this thrilling, star-studded, hit-packed blockbuster! If you do, you’ll be crying lonely teardrops.
The final Academy of Music performances of Motown: The Musical are as follows [Tickets available HERE.]:
Tuesday, June 6 at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, June 7 at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 8 at 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Friday, June 9 at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 10 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 11 at 1:00 p.m.