Last night, Motown: The Musical was in town. Newport News, to be specific.
From the get go, it’s a very physically demanding show. They came out dancing, and it barely stopped.
That’s definitely not a negative though. It was a concert full of music from back in the day. Like Jersey Boys, but in Detroit.
Which begs the question: were the handheld microphones props, or were they actually turned on and working? The actors were still using the headset mics, so probably not, but it’s still interesting to think about.
It was also the story of how Motown started with Berry Gordy. It was a lot more than music, though. It also captured the time period in America during which Motown came to be. John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, even the Black Panther movement.
All the actors were really talented. But one of my favorites was the boy who played a young Michael Jackson in The Jackson 5. He was freaking adorable. And he could sing. What’s better than that?
One of the best parts of the show was when Diana Ross interacted with the audience. Everyone sang along to the song that launched her solo career, which was, surprisingly, a waltz. She said she’d never do it, but she did.
It’s definitely an amazing show worth seeing. Don’t pass up the chance.