Last night I had the opportunity to see Motown The Musical and I let me tell you I know I talk a lot about musical shows going on here in Portland but this was easily one of my favorites that I have seen. I knew very little about the show before I went in so I really didn’t have any expectations of the show but the performance was incredible. We the audience were transported back to the start of Berry Gordy’s carrier from a young boy with dreams of becoming the next Joe Louis to writing music to becoming a heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and so many more.
The show takes you through Berry Gordy’s start as well as the start of all of the music icons we know today. Along the way we (the audience) got to experience what it might have been like to watch these amazing musicians live at the start of the careers. At one point Diana Ross even comes down into the audience during one of her performances and interacts with our audience. Allison Semmes who played the role of Diana Ross was absolutely incredible. She had the voice down both in song and in conversation, she just embodied Diana Ross and it was amazing. I swear if I had closed my eyes when she was performing I would have had a hard time distinguishing her voice and the real Diana Ross’.
I loved learning the history of Motown Records through the ups and the downs and the start of the carriers of these amazing musical artists who have helped shape my relationship with music. It was simply a spectacular show. If you are able to this is a must see show and for the families out there I’d recommend it for 8-10+.
TICKET AND PERFORMANCE INFORMATION
MOTOWN THE MUSICAL will be at Portland’s Keller Auditorium for eight performances. The schedule for thePortland engagement is:
Tuesday, June 14 7:30pm
Wednesday, June 15 7:30pm
Thursday, June 16 7:30pm
Friday, June 17 7:30pm
Tickets can be purchased: