Theater Review - Motown (NY)

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“Motown” reflects on the many popular 1960s music groups invented in Detroit by Berry Gordy.  Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, the Book by Gordy is weak with awkward spots as big as pancakes, but the 60+ songs are performed with a Broadway vibe that makes them even better than they are.  Some individual performances are outstanding.  Brandon Victor Dixon as Gordy and Valisia LeKae as Diana Ross, Queen of The Supremes, are superb; however, it is Charl Brown as a young Smokey Robinson - he looks just like him - who stole our heart.   Falsetto in place, Raymond Luke, Jr. as Michael Jackson, boy wonder, reminds us of how wonderful this entertainer and his family were. Michael Arnold as Jackie Wilson and others is a fantastic dancer and performer. Bryan Terrell Clark is a sexy smooth Marvin Gaye. Choreographed with energy by Patricia Wilcox and Warren Adams. Set by David Korins.  Costumes by Esosa.  Lighting by Natasha Katz .  At the Lunt Fontanne Theatre.

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