Curtain Call: Motown the Musical Hits Broadway
Smokey Robinson’s career comes to life on stage.
Last Sunday, the pitfalls and triumphs of Smokey Robinson’s career were portrayed during opening night of "Motown: The Musical on Broadway." The show is already breaking box office records, with consecutive sold out shows scheduled through November.
Spanning more than four decades of accomplishments and success, the sounds of Motown are portrayed during a vibrant parade of musical numbers from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s.
“I was looking at it and I was thinking that (the musical) is about my life and what has gone on in my life. It’s just an amazing thing,” Robinson said in an interview with Today. “One of the great things about the play is when a person comes to see the play they’re seeing two hours and forty minutes of hits. I am very proud of what we’ve accomplished.”
Robinson said Charl Brown, the performer who plays him, does an excellent job at bringing him to life on stage. After spending time together and practicing his mannerisms, Brown executes the role flawlessly. When it comes to hearing others sing his music, Robinson said, “It feels good. As a song writer, when I write a song, I want people to sing it.”
Founded by music mogul Barry Gordy, Motown catapulted The Jackson Five, Diana Ross and the Supremes and The Temptations from obscurity into the limelight.
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