Direct from the USA. . . The Magic of Motown is coming to town.
Live on stage it’s the music of the Temptations, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Four Tops, Stevie Wonder, Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye, Lionel Richie, Martha Reeves, Isley Brothers and scores more.
“It’s the best live Motown tribute concert show on tour,” says producer Michael Taylor. “It’s not that it’s superbly-choreographed, it’s not the 36 million-selling hits, it’s not the dozens of dazzling costume changes featured that make it the UK’s busiest production on tour,” he adds.
“It’s the fact that it faithfully reproduces that elusive Detroit sound.”
It’s a show that’s won the hearts of UK music fans, packing them in at giant festivals alongside Jools Holland, Lemar, Lulu and Jane McDonald.
In 2010 The Magic of Motown completed its biggest UK tour yet taking in 150 venues nationwide including sell-out shows in London’s O2.
And, as the world celebrates 50 years of number one Motown hits, even more dates are scheduled for 2011.
Between 1961 and 1971 Motown Records recorded 110 top ten hits. The Magic of Motown charts the label’s entire history, from this golden period in its history and beyond to being heralded as the world’s greatest record label.
The production revives all-time favourites like: Stop in the Name of Love; Signed, Sealed, Delivered; My Guy; What Becomes of the Broken Hearted; I Heard it Through the Grapevine; Endless Love; All Night Long; Heatwave; I’m Coming Out; Why Do Fools Fall in Love; Get Ready; Ain’t Too Proud to Beg; My Girl; I Want You Back; I’ll Be There; Blame it on the Boogie and Dancing in the Street.
“Sixties classics give way to present-day masterpieces from Lionel Richie and Diana Ross,” says Michael.
“Sadly, many of the original Motown legends are either no longer with us or no longer touring. The Magic of Motown is the nearest you’ll get to authentically capturing their incredible musical legacy in a live show.
“Our young cast is able to reflect the exuberance and excitement of these songs as they were originally performed.”
Equal care is taken to reproduce the original look of the Motown stars on stage. It was not just the music that set Berry’s signings apart from all other hit singers of the time. For mass market appeal, artistes’ images were carefully controlled from dress and choreography, right down to their manners.
Michael says: “Thus we’ve employed the services of top costume designer Claire Davis to create a fabulous selection of colourful costumes for the cast while leading man Andre Lejaune is responsible for choreographing the cast to perform the intricate dance moves for which Motown stars were famous.”
With the production presenting so many shows this year, Michael says there will be “nowhere to run, nowhere to hide” to keep you away from the Magic of Motown in 2011.
Magic of Motown
Thursday, November 17, 2011 – 8pm
Tickets: £22 Concessions: £19
Box office:01793 524 481