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'Motown Revue'

June 13, 2013

YellowBrix

June 13--If you like the Motown sound, make plans to be at the Boykin Center Friday or Saturday evening.

Visions Community Theatre Group is reviving its popular "Motown Revue: A Tribute to Black History Month," first presented in 2008.

The show features popular Motown songs from the '60s and '70s, performed by local musicians in costume representing the characters they are portraying.

Toshika Johnson Smith, writer and director of this production, said people often request to see the show again.

"People just love that kind of music," she said. "They don't make that kind of music anymore."

Smith grew up in that era and loves the music and acts.

"I'm a big Motown fan," she said.

The show features a cast and crew of around 40, many of whom have done the show before and wanted to be part of it again. But there are some new faces as well, Smith said.

Most of the show is the same, but there are a few changes. In the original show, the character of Barry Gordy gave all historical information. For this show, Gordy will give some information, but other characters will also narrate their own history, she said.

A few new songs have been added for this show including "After the Dance" by Marvin Gaye, "Still" by the Commodores and "Sugar Pie Honey Bunch" by The Four Tops.

Favorites remain in the show including "My Girl" by the Temptations, "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" by Marvin Gaye and Gladys Knight and the Pips, and "I Want You Back" by the Jackson 5.

All of the music for the show is live, performed by area entertainers, most of whom perform in other arenas as well.

"Come and enjoy a nice summer evening and listen to the music from the past," Smith said.

Chat N Chew will run a concession stand starting at 6 so those attending can have a light meal before the show starts.

lisa@wilsontimes.com -- 265-7810

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