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Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Motown
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The audience comes for the music and is more than thrilled with what they get. Charl Brown is wonderful as Smoky Robinson. Brown even manages to capture Robinson’s whispery speaking voice and is likable and sympathetic. Valisia Lekae (Book of Mormon) as Diana Ross, grows from the meek-looking skinny girl into a diva. She's best when she breaks the fourth wall in the her "Vegas" act and goes into the theater audience, even pulling a couple of members to sing with her. One of the audience favorites is Raymond Luke Jr. as a young Michael Jackson leading the Jackson Five. The list goes on as the show incorporates more than 50 songs, some of which unfortunately are not played in their entirety. But the music is great!

It's the music that sells the tickets and has the audience dancing in the seats. It's not the tepid story or the tumultuous historical events. If you want to ask for an opinion about Motown, don't ask the critics. Ask your friends. While the critics want to fix Motown, the fans just want to enjoy it.

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