Already closed | 2h 40m | Midtown W

Motown: The Musical

From 504 member  reviews
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. More…

'Motown: the Musical' tells the true story behind the famous music that took the world by storm. Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations – 'Motown: the Musical' shows how these legendary artists and so many more created the soundtrack that transformed America. With over 40 classic songs such as 'My Girl,' 'What’s Going On,' 'Dancing in the Street,' and 'I Heard It Through The Grapevine.'

2h 40m | Already closed | Nederlander Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (504)

MEMBERS SAY:

Entertaining, Great singing, Delightful, Must see, Great staging
84
Avg Score

70
Cliched, Banal, Dated, Stale, Great singing

See it if I knew what it was going in, yet I expected better. Great music of course, but the plot was so thin, the chemistry so lacking - a big meh.

Don't see it if You want a story with substance or a dynamic production; this felt tired & shopworn.

85
Indulgent, Long, Great staging, Epic, Nostalgic

See it if you're a fan of 1983's tv special "Motown: Yesterday Today Forever". It's the LIVE jukebox musical of that night, w/a ton of B Gordy drama.

Don't see it if you don't want to sit thru B Gordy over-indulgent self-aggrandizing background fluff. How much of it is true or not doesn't add to the show.

46
Dated, Disappointing, Banal, Excruciating

See it if I love Motown music, but hated the show. Something big amiss.

Don't see it if Don't waste your time.

85
Delightful, Entertaining, Absorbing, Great singing, Nostalgic

See it if You are a Motown fan and accept that the voices are not identical to the originals. The Diana Ross role was superb.

Don't see it if You do not enjoy biographically-based shows or if you do not enjoy concert-like shows. I found it thoroughly entertaining.

67
Indulgent, Great singing, Overrated, Entertaining

See it if you love the music of Motown

Don't see it if you dislike jukebox musicals

Also I loved the music in this show, but the story was a bit indulgent and ... Read more Read less

73
Ambitious, Indulgent, Disappointing, Great singing

See it if wonderful Version 2.0 cast; best song roster currently on Broadway

Don't see it if story barely scratches the surface early and plods late

76
Entertaining, Resonant, Great singing

See it if You like the Motown sound, grew up in 60's or 70's, like juke box musicals

Don't see it if Don't have rhythm, don't like classic soul

80
Entertaining, Great songs,, Fun

See it if you like Motown songs and/or stories that are based on real people more or less true events.

Don't see it if you don't loud music or motown songs and/or stories that are based on true events or people.

80
Great music, Entertaining, Fast-paced

See it if you love Motown -- the Jackson 5 scenes alone are worth the price of admission!

Don't see it if you don't care for jukebox musicals or medleys

86
Entertaining, Absorbing, Great singing, Wonderful, Biographical

See it if you are a Motown fan and interested in the stories behind the music.

Don't see it if you won't appreciate the songs of the era and couldn't care less about the stories behind them.

70
Disappointing

See it if You love authentic renditions of the old classics. The singing and dancing was pretty true to the original.

Don't see it if jukebox musicals leave you cold. The book was disappointingly thin.

78
Entertaining, Dated, Great writing, Must see, Great singing

See it if Loud music is enjoyable. Great history lessons both musically and socially.can be learned

Don't see it if Early rock and roll , soul music is not your thing

75
Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You enjoy Motown dancing and singing

Don't see it if You don't like Motown

85
Entertaining

See it if If you love Motown!! This is a must see!! Great singing and acting!! Very entertaining

Don't see it if If u don't like Motown! If you don't like Diana Ross this isn't the show for you!

79
Entertaining, Indulgent, Resonant, Dizzying, Great singing

See it if you love the music of Motown and enjoy high-energy singing. It's a great time if you love the music.

Don't see it if you are not familiar with the music, as otherwise the relatively weak book will be a serious drawback.

80
Entertaining, Refreshing, Great singing

See it if Because I grew up in the Motown era, I think I enjoyed this more than I would have otherwise

Don't see it if You expect more than just an evening of reminiscing about Motown music

70
Entertaining, Great singing, Delightful

See it if you want to hear the hits and see the performances - cool show but not focused on plot

Don't see it if you want an involved plot, the show feels more like a concert at times

76
Entertaining

See it if Like music of the Motown era

Don't see it if Don't like music of the Motown era

100
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if Great show and fun

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

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

85
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you love Motown music. Kept most of the audience swaying all night. Unfortunately some political issues still relevant today; good exposure.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy this genre. Or if you desire a very compelling storyline, although I was pleased by it.

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.

80
Delightful, Entertaining, Fun, nostalgic, Great singing

See it if u like jukebox musicals; amazing talent, great dancing; go back in time and learn Motown history; u don't mind neighbors singining outloud.

Don't see it if u don't like LOUD music (they should fix this); u want splashy sets (seemed amateur); u don't like Motown music; u prefer new music for Bway

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

75
Entertaining, Original, Thought-provoking, Great singing

See it if you enjoy the music and nostalgia.

Don't see it if you are looking to be impressed with something edgy or fresh.


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 tha...
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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 a...
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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’...
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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 h...
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