THE MAGIC OF MOTOWN

PLAYHOUSE THEATRE EDINBURGH  REVIEW SATURDAY 15th NOVEMBER 2014

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I have to admit here that I am a long time Motown and Soul music fan, so tonight's show was one that I was really looking forward to, but also hoping that the musicians and singers would be up to the task of recreating that Motown sound tonight on the stage at the Playhouse.

After a few numbers, I knew (and everyone else in the audience too) that this was a slick high quality production by some great singers and musicians.  Yes, they were paying tribute to some great performers such as Four Tops, Supremes, Diana Ross, Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Lionel Richie, Isley Brothers, Mary Wells and a few other greats, but they were doing it with enough of themselves on stage as performers not to just be karaoke tributes.  Having some of the best dance floor fillers ever written of course gave them a great head start with the audience.

The Playhouse was pretty full tonight, and down where I was in the stalls, they had pretty much everyone in the audience up on their feet and joining in within a few numbers.  This is one of the few times I have seen an audience come alive like this for a tribute show like this.

The whole crew - singers and musicians - were very good tonight and got that classic Motown beat (with that slightly jazz feel) just right.  Sadly, I was too young to catch the classic Motown revue shows of the 1960s, but this is probably as close as I will get to that experience.  Wisely, they also covered later stuff too, but although there were many great classic numbers there tonight, there were a few others I would have loved to have been in the show.  That is the problem with Motown - the back catalogue is just full of so many classics that even with a show like this one running for well over two hours, it could easily have run for double that time and still not covered all the great hits.

The audience loved this show and the age group tonight covered a huge age range.  Pretty much everyone seemed to know the words to all the big hits.  This was more of an audience participation show than just performers on stage.

A really good fun night out. Catch them when they return to Edinburgh for their 2015 tour.

If you want to find out more about tonight's show and performers go to their website or Facebook page at

http://www.easytheatres.com/concert-shows/the-magic-of-motown/

https://www.facebook.com/MagicOfMotown

 

Review by Tom King

 

 

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