Motown the Musical in Cincinnati

Hey there, it’s me Linda, an Arts and Entertainment contributor for The Healthy Hen! I just got back from watching Motown the Musical and I LOVED it!

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Thanks to Broadway in Cincinnati…Motown the Musical is playing at the Aronoff Center! You don’t want to miss this show! Grab your tickets here!

It began as one man’s story… became everyone’s music… and is now Broadway’s musical. Motown The Musical is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and many more. Motown shattered barriers, shaped our lives and made us all move to the same beat. Now, experience it live on stage in the record-breaking smash hit Motown The Musical!

Show times/dates

TUESDAY 9/8 7:30PM
WEDNESDAY 9/9 7:30PM
THURSDAY 9/10 7:30PM
FRIDAY 9/11 8:00PM
SATURDAY 9/12 2:00PM
SATURDAY 9/12 8:00PM
SUNDAY 9/13 1:00PM
SUNDAY 9/13 6:30PM
TUESDAY 9/15 7:30PM
WEDNESDAY 9/16 7:30PM
THURSDAY 9/17 7:30PM
FRIDAY 9/18 8:00PM
SATURDAY 9/19 2:00PM
SATURDAY 9/19 8:00PM
SUNDAY 9/20 1:00PM
SUNDAY 9/20 6:30PM

PLAYING AT

PROCTER & GAMBLE HALL – ARONOFF CENTER FOR THE ARTS
650 Walnut Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Julius Thomas III as Berry Gordy & Allison Semmes as Diana Ross in the national tour of Motown The Musical (Photo by Joan Marcus)

Julius Thomas III as Berry Gordy & Allison Semmes as Diana Ross in the national tour of Motown The Musical (Photo by Joan Marcus)

Motown, the musical is a hit! I knew I would love the music, but had no idea it would take me back to my teens, and then bring me all the way to when my children were teens and beyond. I laughed out loud to hear “Super Freaky”. One of my daughters at about 12 or so, was jumping on her bed “dancing” and singing Super Freaky at the top of her lungs, not realizing that she was taping OVER her older sister’s homemade cassette recording of same. Caused major friction at the time, but much laughter ever since!

The musical is outstanding. Josh Tower, as Berry Gordy is so believable, as is Allison Semmes as Diana Ross and Jesse Nager as Smokey Robinson and Jarran Muse as Marvin Gaye. the guys who play Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson as youngsters are deservedly major audience favorites.

Reed L. Shannon as Michael Jackson (center) with the Jackson 5 in the national tour of Motown The Musical (Photo by Joan Marcus)

Reed L. Shannon as Michael Jackson (center) with the Jackson 5 in the national tour of Motown The Musical (Photo by Joan Marcus)

Listening through music of the 1940’s, ’50’s ’60’s and beyond made me think about some of the terrible events we Americans have lived through. These include songs around horrifying deaths including those of Jack and Bob Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr; and songs recorded around the Korean and Vietnam Wars and other conflicts including our continuous inability to treat all Americans with the equal rights and treatment we all deserve. I could hear our music becoming harsher and more hurting, as did we. Yet, I could also hear the messages of hope and positive vibes that came out of Motown during these times as well.

The dance expert who accompanied me said that while the cast were obviously “singers who danced,” they took care to make the choreography complicated and professional enough to satisfy most audiences. You may find it a bit long, and a bit loud, as I did, but those are minor inconveniences for an evening of history and beats that make you want to sing and dance your heart out, and cause you to think about where we were, are, and where we want to be headed!

Click here to watch a pre-view video and get your tickets!

Julius Thomas III as Berry Gordy & cast in the national tour of Motown The Musical (Photo by Joan Marcus)

Julius Thomas III as Berry Gordy & cast in the national tour of Motown The Musical (Photo by Joan Marcus)

*Disclaimer – I was provided complementary tickets to the show in exchange for this post. All opinions are %100 mine.

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