Monday, April 15, 2013

Family Reunion at 'Motown: The Musical' Opening Night

The Motown family and pretenders after the opening night performance of "Motown: The Musical." Photos from Broadway World.

14 April 2013/NEW YORK – MOTOWN was in the house!!! last night at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre for opening night of
“Motown: The Musical.”

This is the story of one of the most successful record companies in the history of the music bidness, as told by founder Berry Gordy.

Last night, he was joined by the closest members of his family. Heard of Diana Ross and Smokey Robinson? Were Marvin Gaye still of this world, he would have been watching an interpretation of himself on stage, too.

Diana Ross and the woman who plays her, Valisia LeKae.

Gladys Knight was in the audience, as was Mary Wilson. Stevie Wonder. In fact, last night was SW’s second appearance. During the soldout previews, he attended the family and friends night performance on 5 April.

VEVLYN’S PEN theater critic Tamara Beck will review the musical shortly.

After the music stopped, Gladys Knight, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder and "Motown: The Musical" ensemble member, Ryan Shaw, hang out.

Expectations are that the show is going to be a hit, reviews notwithstanding. How can it not be with all of those classic songs?! Even if the acting is atrocious, “Motown: The Musical” will doubtless attract fans of the sound.

Psst, psst: Valisia Lekae, who looks nothing like Diana Ross, does a spot-on impression of the legend. Close your eyes while she is on stage and be transported to a Diana Ross concert.

Visit http://www.motownthemusical.com/upgrade.html to learn more about “Motown: The Musical.” Rx

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