The Magic of Motown

Recently went with The Wife to the matinee of the tribute show ‘The Magic of Motown’ at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre.

I was surprised how much I enjoyed the whole thing, despite the fact there were more black people on stage than in the audience as well as couple of  historical ‘mis-steps’ (Diana Ross & The Jackson 5 (then latterly called simply The Jacksons’) respectively recorded ‘Why Do Fools Fall In Love’ and ‘Blame It On The Boogie’ after they left Motown).

It wasn’t a simple or even really faithful impersonation, but an attempt to re-create the energy & spirit that changed Berry Gordy’s label from successful local independent label to cultural phenomenon. To that end, in my mind (& clearly to the rest of the audience), they succeeded,  in spite of some rather dodgy footwork from the guys. All in all, there were a wealth of spirited performances, none more so than the principal male, Andre Lejume. The Wife was concerned that I wasn’t enjoying the show but I was not only enjoying it, but also entering ‘trainspotter mode’, watching the (very talented) musicians play – it was the first time I’d been able to see so much of the music I grew up played live – I wanted to see how it was done, how the notes were physically played.

The only fly in the ointment was the announcement we wouldn’t get our programme signed – a reversal of an earlier notice. This was due to having to turn around the production for the evening performance. Despite this, a good time was had by all.

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