The Motown Getdown
Aug 02, 2017 05:02PM
● By Lamarr Fowlkes
Chester Gregory as Berry Gordy (center right) & Cast MOTOWN THE MUSICAL First National Tour (C) Joan Marcus, 2017
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Attended and reviewed by Savannah Bowman
Inside of the Durham Performing Arts Center on Tuesday night, the enduring story of how one man's vision became everyone's tunes of choice was told. MOTOWN THE MUSICAL chronicles Motown founder Berry Gordy, the legendary record producer/songwriter who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson and many of music's all-time greats.
Perfectly blending the emotions of culture and politics, Motown recaps the rise and success of the record company during a tumultuous time in the history of the United States. Presented in a televised format with the audience sing-along of its cataloged hits, the audience was captivated by the cast performances as though this were a live concert instead of a sitting production. Not only were the actors voices pitch perfect, both their sharp dress and crisp movements made the package complete. Applause and cheers were heard throughout the theater from both the old and young as the timelessness of an era was showcased through song and dance.
“MOTOWN THE MUSICAL" is on stage at the Durham Performing Arts Center now through Sunday, Aug 6, 2017. Find tickets online at DPACnc.com, Ticketmaster.com or at The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Ticket Center at DPAC, in person or by phone at 919.680.2787.