Motown The Musical Brings A Giant Jukebox Of Hit Songs To The Academy of Music For A Two-Week Run Through January 18

Motown the Musical
Motown the Musical and its score of hits arrives in Philadelphia this week for a two-week run at the Academy of Music.
(Photo by Joan Marcus)

The hits just keep on comin’ when Motown The Musical plays The Academy of Music this winter, January 6-18.

Featuring more than 50 memorable songs, and smooth choreography, the show is a homage to a record label that revolutionized American music, as well as to its founder Berry Gordy.

The names of artists made famous by Motown is long and legendary: Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Diana Ross and the Supremes, The Temptations, Four Tops, Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Jackie Wilson and many more.

Condensing 25 years of history into a brisk production, the show reveals Motown’s rise to fame while also presenting behind-the-scenes vignettes to illustrate Berry’s interactions with some of the label’s stars.

The storyline — which does not shy away from showcasing how Motown helped break race barriers — is the thread that ties everything together.

But the big draw, of course, is the soundtrack, featuring a long list of chart-topping tunes sure to warm a Baby Boomer’s heart, including Brick House, Ball of Confusion, I Heard it Through the Grapevine, My Girl, Stop in the Name of Love and The Tears of a Clown, to name just a few songs that may have you Dancing in the Streets when you leave the theater.

Motown The Musical
When: January 6-18
Where: Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad Street
Cost: $20-$130.50
More info: www.kimmelcenter.org

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