MAGIC OF MOTOWN
Saturday 11th April 2015 ~ 7.30pm
GRAND OPERA HOUSE YORK
Cumberland Street, York, YO1 9SW ~ Tickets £25.50
CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF NUMBER ONE HITS, THE MAGIC OF MOTOWN REACH OUT® 2015 TOUR IS COMING TO TOWN!
Celebrating 50 years of UK number one hit singles, the Magic of Motown brings its brand-new 2015 REACH OUT®Tour to town.
Songs like Dancing in the Street, My Girl, Where Did Our Love Go, My Guy and Baby Love rocketed Motown to the top of the singles charts in 1964, says show producer Michael Taylor.
“Incredibly, 100 more Motown No1s followed worldwide,” he says. “The Magic of Motown 2015 Reach Out Tour brings to the stage 36 of these chart toppers back-to-back in one critically-acclaimed production.”
Direct from the USA, The Magic of Motown promises five-star performances that will authentically revive the style and sophistication of everyone’s favourite Motown legends.
“This year we’re proud to announce that the show will include more number one hits than ever before,” says Michael.
Classic hits from the Temptations, Four Tops, Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Lionel Richie and The Supremes are packed into the two-hour spectacular.
“As well as dazzling dance moves and glittering costumes galore,” says Michael. “the elusive, authentic sound of Motown is recreated by our incredible Magic of Motown band.”
The group, especially put together for the show, celebrate their tenth year together on this tour.
“In their capable hands,” says Michael, “you can guarantee that the score will be – with a nod to the great Stevie Wonder – uptight. . . alright and out of sight!”
In 1964 Motown crossed the Atlantic to become a musical phenomenon on these shores. The labels’ touring concert show, the Motown Revue starring Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, the Temptations, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, (Little) Stevie Wonder and Diana Ross and the Supremes, paved the way for Motown’s chart-storming success in the UK. That year the UK singles charts were peppered with Motown songs.
To mark the occasion, The Magic of Motown brings an all-new production for 2015 to the stage with a 100-date nationwide tour.
Male lead in the show Andre Lejaune promises many new numbers added to the show’s already hit-packed score.
“Come and celebrate 50 years of number one hits,” he says. “With the Reach Out 2015 Tour, the magic of Motown is truly coming to town.”
About The Magic of Motown
The Magic of Motown revives all-time favourites like: Stop in the Name of Love; Dancing in the Street; My Guy; Ain’t No Mountain High Enough; This Old Heart of Mine; I Heard it Through the Grapevine; Endless Love; All Night Long; Heatwave; I’m Coming Out; Why Do Fools Fall in Love; Get Ready; Ain’t Too Proud to Beg; My Girl; I Want You Back; I’ll Be There; Uptight (Everything’s Alright); How Sweet it Is and of course Baby Love.
“Sixties classics give way to present-day masterpieces from Lionel Richie and Diana Ross,” says show producer Michael Taylor.
“Sadly, many of the original Motown legends are either no longer with us or no longer touring. The Magic of Motown is the nearest you’ll get to authentically capturing their incredible musical legacy in a live show.
“Our young cast is able to reflect the exuberance and excitement of these songs as they were originally performed.”
Equal care is taken to reproduce the original look of the Motown stars on stage. It was not just the music that set Berry’s signings apart from all other hit singers of the time. For mass market appeal, artistes’ images were carefully controlled from dress and choreography, right down to their manners.
Michael says: “Thus we’ve employed the services of top costume designer Claire Davis to create a fabulous selection of colourful costumes for the cast while leading man Andre Lejaune is responsible for choreographing the cast to perform the intricate dance moves for which Motown stars were famous.”
With the production presenting so many shows this coming year, Michael says there will be “nowhere to run, nowhere to hide” to keep you away from the Magic of Motown in 2015.