Motown: The Musical
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Motown: The Musical
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Motown: The Musical NYC Reviews and Tickets

87%
(520 Ratings)
Positive
92%
Mixed
5%
Negative
3%
Members say
Entertaining, Great singing, Delightful, Must see, Great staging

About the Show

This Broadway musical tells the story behind some of Motown's most famous songs, featuring Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, and the Temptations. Now returning for a limited 18-week engagement.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (520)

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62 Reviews | 8 Followers
100
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great staging, Riveting, Great acting

See it if You have seen the movie and are familiar with the story

Don't see it if You are under the age of 5

84 Reviews | 17 Followers
100
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if Great show and fun

Don't see it if no reason not to see it

121 Reviews | 23 Followers
100
Entertaining, Exquisite, Must see, Great singing

See it if EXCELLENT SHOW STORY SINGING AND DANCING GREAT

Don't see it if YOU DONT LIKE MOTOWN

139 Reviews | 62 Followers
91
Delightful, Absorbing, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you like Motown music. I found out Rick James was a part of Motown, I did not know that prior to seeing the musical.

Don't see it if you don't like Motown or musicals in general.

84 Reviews | 8 Followers
90
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you enjoy musicals

Don't see it if you are not interested in that type of music

51 Reviews | 4 Followers
90
Entertaining, Great singing, Clever

See it if You love the music

Don't see it if You aren't interested in that time period

70 Reviews | 37 Followers
90
Exquisite, Great singing, Great acting, Great writing, Refreshing

See it if Well, now you can't. But, if you like Motown music. It was nice to see a Jukebox musical done so well. I was honestly blown away.

Don't see it if It closed. So you can't. But, if it comes back, everyone should see it. There are tunes that everyone will know and love.

54 Reviews | 12 Followers
89
Entertaining, Delightful, Great singing

See it if Must see if you like Motown!!!

Don't see it if you don't like musicals.

Critic Reviews (23)

The New York Times
July 21st, 2016

“Under Charles Randolph-Wright’s direction, it remains what it was: a sparkling and enjoyable, if lumpy, journey through 25 years of Motown history...The central roles have been recast, with excellent singing actors who are mostly equal to the fine originals…‘Motown’ has so much story to tell that there’s no time for dramatic subtlety or complexity of character. But who’s coming to see 'Motown' for anything other than the fabulous songbook?”
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The Hollywood Reporter
July 21st, 2016

"The musical's chief problem remains the clunky, self-serving book by Gordy himself...You can feel the audience's delight as one hit song after another is presented...Director Randolph-Wright keeps things flowing seamlessly, with the musical numbers and dramatic scenes blending into one another at a rapid enough pace to keep boredom from settling in...Still, it's hard not to see the entire enterprise as a glorified tribute show.”
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AM New York
July 24th, 2016

"The storytelling has a passive, paint-by-numbers quality, but you can’t deny the pure entertainment value of Charles Randolph-Wright’s large-scale, movement-intensive production and a score comprised of hit after hit after hit after hit...This unfocused, unwieldy overload works both to the show’s benefit and detriment. The nostalgic fun never stops, but 'Motown' never slows down to give its characters more than a purely superficial treatment."
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Theatermania
July 21st, 2016

“It's a dizzying experience that feels like a good nostalgia concert at best, a work of self-serving propaganda at worst...The awesome score should be enough to make us forgive Gordy for his revisionist history, but the truncated and adrenaline-infused musical numbers too often leave us feeling hollow and bewildered...If you can ignore the cringe-inducing book scenes, you will probably have a good time.”
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BroadwayWorld
July 22nd, 2016

"It's a highly dramatic story that not only sings, but comes with its own collection of sensational songs...But the end result not only speaks for the fact that Gordy has never written a musical before, the clunky dialogue and the static storytelling makes one seriously wonder if he's ever seen one...Bio-musicals 'Beautiful' and 'On Your Feet!' display far more literary sophistication...But if the book disappoints, the dynamic company is well worth catching."
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Talkin' Broadway
July 22nd, 2016

"It plays as an entirely different, and noticeably less compelling, show than the original version that ran on Broadway...This is not to say I was an enormous fan of that incarnation—I wasn't—but it had a size, energy, and (relative) intensity that this one lacks...It's imparted a jagged choppiness that keeps the evening from cohering...Only the choreography lives up to expectations. Well, that and the music— hits far too numerous to list, even if many of them appear as only fragments. "
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Front Row Center
July 22nd, 2016

"The show is high octane from beginning to end and we’re along for the ride every step of the way…This conceit gives Gordy more than enough opportunity to present us with the incredible acts he shepherded to stardom, while showcasing a roster of today’s talent that is every bit as soul stirring as the originals they’re portraying. Every single person in the cast was excellent…You’d have to be a curmudgeon of the highest order not to enjoy this show."
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New York Theater
July 21st, 2016

“Most everything about this production is more….efficient….than the original one on Broadway. The cast has been reduced in size; sets have been simplified; scenes have been trimmed or excised...Unfortunately, the efficiency seems to extend to the performances as well...The cast members make all the right moves, their voices are in fine form, but there surely needs to be some extra, indefinable spark to stand out...Maybe they’ve just been on the road too long.”
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