Production celebrates 50 years of hits

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Magic of Motown brings a host of classics to the Brighton Centre on Saturday, December 8 8pm (0844 871 7650).

Officially the UK’s busiest touring production featuring the music of Motown Records, it is already hitting more than 70 venues on its current tour.

Producer Michael Taylor said: “The non-stop spectacular features 36 massive chart-toppers from The Supremes, Temptations, Four Tops, Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Martha Reeves, Lionel Richie and more.

“An all-star cast, a talented live band that faithfully reproduces Motown’s original Detroit sound, 16 sparkling costume changes and tightly choreographed dance routines saw the show attract glowing reviews in 2011.”

Michael added: “This year is a very special one as far as Motown is concerned. It marks 50 years of number one hits from the world’s favourite record label.”

Male lead Andre Lejaune said the show has moved to the next level: “With many new numbers added to our already hit-packed show we needed to ensure the choreography was right on point, The show is called The Magic of Motown for a reason, it’s our job to ensure theatre-goers have a truly magical night to remember.”

The Magic of Motown revives all-time favourites like: Stop in the Name of Love; Signed, Sealed, Delivered; My Guy; What Becomes of the Broken Hearted; 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; Blame it on the Boogie and Dancing in the Street.

Michael added: “Sixties classics give way to present-day masterpieces from Lionel Richie and Diana Ross..

“Sadly, many of the original Motown legends are either no longer with us or 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.

“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.”

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