In the 1960’s the sound of Motown was huge. Therefore it is no surprise that The Magic of Motown, recreating this golden era for stage, with 36 back to back songs, is always going to be a success amongst fans.
Walking into the Aylesbury Waterside Theatre I knew I was in for a treat. I could feel it in the air. Everyone was buzzing with excitement, ready and waiting to be entertained by this all-star show.
It took only half a dozen songs with the cast lead by the brilliant and enthusiastic Andre Lejaune before Aylesbury were up on their feet dancing and singing away with the music and soul pulsing through their veins. I have never see Aylesbury react in such a positive way to a show so quickly, and as I looked around the full theatre it made me smile to see everyone loving the musical brilliance in front of us.
The all-star cast consisting of seven singers and band members didn’t fail to entertain us with their dazzling costumes, non-stop dance moves and each individual impressing us with their own individual talent and charisma as they took us through different artists including Diana Ross, Lionel Ritchie, Smokey Robinson, The Supremes, The Four Tops, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye and The Jackson 5.
It only took the first half of the show to win the audience over. They were enthralled by the production as well as the atmosphere of the theatre that was oozing with style and magic.
The second half brought even more treats, with highlights including a heartfelt duet of Lionel Richie’s My Endless Love and an excellent tribute to The Jackson 5 and the late Michael Jackson where Amara Smith absolutely stole the show, not to mention the enormous afro wigs.
The Magic of Motown is a must-see show for anyone that wants something soulful with a lot of heart.